Chalk-fronted Corporal

Chalk-fronted Corporal

Ladona julia
male, Wicks Lake, Kitsap Co., WA; 21 July 1997

 

Chalk-fronted Corporal

Ladona julia
male, Wicks Lake, Kitsap Co., WA; 21 July 1997
Note the ant head attached to one of the hind tarsi. It may be that ground-perching dragonflies such as this species are more subject to ant attacks. Did the dragonfly then bite off the ant's body?