As the wet season comes to an end in April, the Yaruwu season of Marul, dragonfly larvae burst out of their skins and take to the air, signifying the coming of the dry season. The dragonflies start as water borne larvae, emerging in flight around April to feed on the wing on smaller insects including mosquitoes. Contrary to popular belief, the dragonflies live for several months.
These photos were taken on Roebuck Plains to the southeast of Broome, and Gantheume Point at the southern end of Broome’s beautiful Cable Beach on the 31st March and 2nd April 2013.
See more images from the WA Museum here.
Listen to Luke Halling, a Broome based entomologist explain about dragonflies on the ABC.