Airborne Bass: Chasing Dragonflies Above The Surface

Albert Lavallee
Albert Lavallee
Albert Lavallee
Albert Lavallee
Albert Lavallee
Albert Lavallee
Albert Lavallee
Albert Lavallee
Albert Lavallee
ÂAlbert Lavallee
Albert Lavallee
Albert Lavallee
Albert Lavallee
Albert Lavallee

There's a pond in southwest Oklahoma's Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge where largemouth bass have learned that mating dragonflies make tasty meals. Photographer Albert Lavallee lives in the state, and photographed the following behavior.

According to Lavallee, the bass only eat certain types of dragonfly. First, they wait for the insects to mate. In doing so a male and female dragonfly become joined at the abdomen and fly through the air together, losing much of their speed and mobility, which makes them much easier targets. Second, they look for two different species... the common green darner and the black saddleback dragonfly.

But the best part is that the fish often do not wait for the insects to land, preferring instead to leap from the water and grab them in mid-air. Lavallee captured this action on film, and we've got a gallery of his shots for your enjoyment.