POTD: To the Rescue

To the Rescue
Bozeman, Montana
2021

I recently posted a series of photos about an overly amorous dragonfly who nearly lost his life when he lost track of where he was while trying to mate with a female. The other day I witnessed the same thing again where a mating dragonfly ended up deeply mired in pond scum while attempting to mate. This time it was close enough to shore that I could drag him over to the edge of the pond. I carefully separated him from the hung of scum he was embedded in and placed him on this branch to dry out and recover. He struggled for quite a while to get his wings fluttering properly again but eventually took off, apparently none the worse for the wear.