Capturing stunning images of Dragonflies in Cyprus requires patience but the results are worth it - they are the subject of the fourth in our weekly series of Cyprus images. Photos taken by contributing photographer Phil Parker - click the images below to enlarge.
A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera (λιβελούλα). Adult dragonflies are characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, sometimes with coloured patches and an elongated body.
It is widely understood that grasslands & shrublands are among the most biologically rich ecosystems in Europe, in particular those of the Mediterranean Basin. To date over 37 species of dragonflies have been recorded in Cyprus according to experts. Overall Cyprus is host to an estimated 8,733 species of animals and plants which provides ample opportunity for capturing the most breathtaking photos.
Phil Parker describes himself as an amateur photographer and has been uploading photos to the Cyprus Eastern Forum for many years. He used a Canon eos 650D camera to take these shots and says "the pleasure I get from my photos is knowing that people are enjoying them". We certainly do love them and will be featuring various collections over the coming weeks.
Want to know more about the various species of dragonflies in Cyprus? Head over to the following website for comprehensive and detailed information: Cyprus Dragonflies.