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The Upright Stuff

Last month, several red dragonflies were flying around the Little Silver Nature Trail, sometimes resting on the boardwalk that cuts along and across a creek. This one — perhaps an Autumn meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum) — preferred to perch vertically on … Continue reading

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Glider hang out

This somewhat stubby dragonfly — a Globe skimmer or Wandering glider (Pantala flavescens), I think — was taking a brief break from his travels to rest on some tall marsh grass.

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Smiles of a summer sight

Resting casually at the end of an convenient post, this cross-legged lounger may be a Great blue skimmer (Libellula vibrans). His bright white face almost looks like a big, toothy grin.

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Firelit alighter

Brushed with flame orange highlights and burnt brown wing markings, this Painted skimmer dragonfly (Libellula semifasciata) held tight to the top of a swamp stick for a while before continuing on its way.

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Boyish flank

This Common whitetail is still in his darker teenage garb, as his tail-like abdomen has yet to reach its ashen adult potential. If the adult dragonfly from last June is any indication of typical development, this one should be lightening … Continue reading

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Ladies of leisure

Female green darners seem drawn to the fruit of the Winged sumac (Rhus copallinum) growing along the eastern edge of the library field. This one was lounging while late afternoon rays glinted on her wings like bright-penny embers. The berries … Continue reading

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Crispy caramel wafer wings

The coloring of this male Eastern amberwing dragonfly (Perithemis tenera) really does resemble primeval pine resin spread paper-thin. Late morning sunlight made a quick copy of his glassine span, printing part of it the on the dull wood under his … Continue reading

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Bright-eyed and bluesy-tailed

Incredible shiny sky eyes on this blue dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) at rest on a branch at the edge of the little swampy patch.

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Letting his freak flag fly for Flag Day

A common whitetail skimmer (Libellula lydia) holding his impressive checkerboard banners out for all to see and admire. He looks like a powder-blue biplane at the end of a reedy runway, ready for takeoff.

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Metallic blue honeymoon

Two pairs of dragonflies at their waterside resort, working on the next generation of common green darners (anax junius). The males are quite dashing and might believably breathe fire from their bright blue flame bodies. These wispy-winged flyers dart through … Continue reading

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