Every winter in the hills of Tainan, a small group of line forest-skimmer dragonflies (Cratilla lineata) gather on a plant. During the day, as the temperature rises, they scatter and search for the food. In the late afternoon, as the temperature starts to decrease, they return. They usually choose a drooping branch or vine on which to perch, remaining motionless throughout the night. The next day they repeat the process. This behavior has been observed over many winters. From a distance, they look like a string of firecrackers, from which this image gets its title. The function of this behavior remains a mystery that entomologists have yet to solve.
2019.07.13 - 2020.02.16