PHOTOS: Tiny Tropical Island Yields a Wealth of Species

PHOTOS: Tiny Tropical Island Yields a Wealth of Species
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A ballerina-like red dragonfly hunts for smaller insects on a sunlit rock by the side of a small river in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, in the South Pacific.

Insect expert Emmanuel Boitier spotted this one catching tiny flies before it darted off to the next rock. This genus of dragonfly is found in Asia, Africa, and Australia as well as the southwest Pacific.

Discoveries like these will provide a benchmark for measuring future ecological change in a little-studied corner of the world.
—Photograph by Emmanuel Boitier
 
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