Saturday, March 29, 2008

Contest!!! What's it doing???

Here's a question for you: what is this dragonfly doing?
There is a certain term that describes this silly looking behavior. If you know it, leave a comment and you could win one of my baby monsters!
Comments will be moderated so you can't see the other guesses. Please leave either your etsy name or email address so I may contact you if you win. Everyone with a correct answer will be put into a drawing, with a name picked at random. The baby monster will also be chosen at random.

Contest will end Tuesday (April 1st), at 10pm EST.

Good luck!

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

He's pooping.

Squirrelgirl68@etsy.com

Beadbug00 said...

obelisking..Is that spelled right ? !

Anonymous said...

obelisking!

This is pinupchick from Etsy! =)

InseineCreations said...

is it trying to attract a mate?

HKDP said...

That was easy...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obelisk_posture

outofthepinksky said...

obelisking which is, in theory, to try to minimize their exposure to the sun and heat.

Thanks!
Jill

Kristy said...

territoriality ?

fruition

SoCaligirl said...

Obelisking!!

Miss Pin Productions said...

Cooling itself off! (It can also be responding to a threat.)

smilesandsunshine said...

What is obelisking?

I like your wierd blog. I hope I win the contest.

PS: I had to google it.

Anonymous said...

He's telling other males to GO AWAY! :)

niffer (on Etsy)

missfire said...

Ooh! OOh! Postular thermoregulation?? making a small target for the sun. I love dragonflies (I have a tattoo of one :).

Helen said...

Hmmmm... I'm not sure what the technical term is but he sure looks like me trying to do a handstand in gym class :)

Anonymous said...

The term is obelisking or oblisk posture. They do this to prevent overheating on sunny days.

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Maggie said...

it's the obelisk posture, and they do it to prevent overheating by minimizing the surface of their body the sun hits (how freaking cool!)

I had to look it up, but I'm glad I did :)

JammerSage said...

He's Obelisking, right? That's a great picture! :)

-Andrea
etsy name: jammersage

Danielleorama said...

waiting for some sweet lovin' ?!

Mary Helen said...

Just found your blog and shop - so cute!! Here is what I could find with the power of Google. Am I right?

"In hot, sunny weather it is important that dragonflies don’t overheat. Cooling strategies include becoming less active, moving into shade and changing their body position. The obelisk position orients the dragonfly’s abdomen directly at the sun, thereby reducing the surface area exposed to solar heating. Some dragonflies also point their wings forward and down in order to reduce exposure to sunlight and, perhaps, to reflect light and heat away from their bodies."

Rachel said...

Your bugs are spectacular and I love them!!!!

Sola said...

Oooh, ooh, i know this one! It's the obelisk position! They do it to minimize the area of their bodies that the sun is hitting on hot days so they don't cook in their little exoskeletons.

missus.mint said...

do you mean like "hawking" or "perching"?? I heart dragonflies!

missus.mint said...

I just love your items on Etsy, btw! so fun!

BlenderBach said...

I can't figure it out!!

arrggh!

Melody said...

Fun contest!
I think that is called obelisking, and the dragonfly is trying to cool off his tummy :)

Ptilonyssus said...

Howdy, this is Wayne, a friend of yours from DA, I am the PhD student studying Mites. The behavior you have photographed is called Obelisk posture

lori said...

I'm going to say obelisking, to help regulate his body temperature.

LoveMeKnot Creations said...

hehe DRUNK
:)

aubrianne said...

attracting a mate!
WickedClean

Jessica said...

smelling the cork :)

boo said...

is it checking the air for scents?

boo said...

attracting a mate

boo said...

attracting a mate

boo said...

peeing?