Sometimes important matters keep me up at night: how we’ll end the pandemic, how I can best contribute to the fight against climate change, what I should cook for dinner tomorrow. Other times, it’s the little mysteries.
The beautiful dragonfly above, the lined hooktail, is a member of the dragonfly family Gomphidae. Or, if I were to phrase that differently, the lined hooktail is a beautiful gomphid dragonfly. Did you notice the peculiarity there? “Gomphidae” (noun), but “gomphid” (adjective). Why? Continue reading