Saturday, August 10, 2013

Things with Wings - 2

This is a continuation of my post on August 6. Dragonflies have gotten my attention this summer. Here are a few, beginning with one in the Emerald family.

First, Common Baskettail - Epitheca cynosura 1.6" - (although I have not completely ruled out identifying it as a Mantled Baskettail).

Common Baskettail
I am more certain about the next ID -  a member of the Cruiser family:

Illinois River Cruiser, aka Swift River Cruiser - Macromia illinoiensis 2.8"

Illinois River Cruiser
Continuing with the first post in this series, three representatives from the Skimmer family.

I have encountered the White-faced Meadowhawk - Sympetrum obtrusum, 1.3" - in several locations around Windham County: the Green Mountains near Somerset Resevoir, the fields near Putney ( Wilson) Wetlands, and in the field near my home close to the Rock River. Small, but brilliantly colored:

White-faced Meadowhawk - male
White-faced Meadowhawk - female
White-faced Meadowhawk - female
Close in appearance when first spotted is the Band-winged Meadowhawk - Sympetrum semicinctum, 1.3 -  but with distinctive transparent amber patch in the hindwing, seen when at rest ...

Band-winged Meadowhawk - male
 The amber patch in not so apparent in the next photo, but I remember seeing it clearly when in the field ...

Band-winged Meadowhawk - male

1 comment:

Dan Huber said...

Wonderful photos Chris. This time of year is a lot of fun to watch the other winged things.


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