Saturday, August 17, 2013

More Things with Wings

Recent excursions to meadows and wetlands have yielded additional images of dragonflies and damselflies.

Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina, 1.5")

Halloween Pennant
Halloween Pennant (male and female)
Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum, 1.3") - also named Yellow-legged Meadowhawk - (tentative ID)

Autumn Meadowhawk
White-faced Meadowhawk ( Sympetrum obtrusum, 1.3") - the most common dragonfly that I have seen this time of year.

White-faced Meadowhawk - mating pair
Eastern Least Clubtail (Stylogomphus albistylus) - I really puzzled over this ID, and it remains tentative - call it a notch above best guess ...

Eastern Least Clubtail
Northern Spreadwing ( Lestes disjuncus, 1.6") - aka Common Spreadwing - tentative ID

Northern Spreading
Canada Darner (Aeshna canadensis, 2.8") - Rarely have I spent so much time trying to get a photograph. This dragonfly was patrolling his patch of wetlands with unflagging energy, occasionally dipping to the water's surface, but never perching. Occasionally he hovered long enough to get a few reasonably focused photos ...

Canada Darner
The Spangled Skimmer has appeared in a previous post, but this is a much better pose ...

Spangled Skimmer
After straining for several hours to find and photograph dragonflies, I turned attention to chipping in a nearby shrub. A few "pishes" quickly brought a Common Yellowthroat out to investigate ...

Common Yellowthroat
Whatever you are looking for, have fun doing it!!

3 comments:

Frank said...

Hi Chris. A very interesting and diverse selection of dragons and damsels.

Oak in the Seed said...

"Whatever you are looking for, have fun doing it," sounds like great life advice! Great pics, as always, thank you!

Noushka said...

Hello Chris!
Fantastic to discover the dragon species you've got!
The Halloween pennants are fabulous, especially the mating wheel! Those wings are exquisite, we have only one species in France with dark patches on them.
If you show more, I won't say no!!

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