Posts Tagged ‘dragonflies’

Blue Dasher

The numbers of butterflies and dragonflies were extremely low in southern Illinois last summer.

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I think this dragonfly was a male blue dasher.

I don’t need a name to enjoy things I find. Just the discovery and observations are enough … plus taking pictures if it cooperates.

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This widow skimmer landed right in front of me. I took this to mean it wanted in the blog too.

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Dragonflies in the Yard

So far the butterflies are almost nonexistent this summer. I could probably count all I’ve seen on one hand.

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So, I’ve switched to dragonflies instead. Their numbers are relatively low. At least they’re in the yard.

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Male widow skimmer

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This is another widow skimmer. It’s fresher than the one above. This was the only angle it cooperated for.

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Female widow skimmer

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Halloween pennant — it’s the first I’ve seen this summer.

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I have yet to identify the dragonfly above and the one below.

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It’s like I’ve said before, I don’t need a name to enjoy the find.

Comparison

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Both of these dragonflies are widow skimmers. The lower one on the left is an immature male. The other one with the blue abdomen is a mature male.

It was considerate of them to pose for me like this … apparently, they wanted in a blog.

Something’s Missing

There is something missing from all these pictures, except the last one …

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… Butterflies

They don’t call this butterflyweed for nothing. In a good butterfly summer, the milkweed would be covered with butterflies of all sizes and colors.

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Not this summer. I’m seeing a few dragonflies, but I haven’t seen a butterfly for weeks.

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It’s a shame. I look forward to them every summer.

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One common milkweed grows beside the old garage. At least I’ll have a place for monarch butterflies to lay eggs if they do visit here.

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Obviously, this picture wasn’t taken this summer.

They still might visit here on their migration north.

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At least aphids are hatching on the underside of a milkweed leaf.

No Name Dragonfly

For some reason, I find dragonflies that I’m unable to identify.

I still enjoy them immensely.

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This one liked the exposed perch of the copper trellis.

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The wing veins look so delicate and intricate … and downright fascinating.

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The dragonfly and damselfly numbers are low this summer. At least I can see a few daily, not like the butterflies … I haven’t seen one in the last few weeks.

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It would fly out to capture tiny flying insects.

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This angle shows all the details of its body except the dark tips of its wings.

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This picture shows a lot of details of its anatomy. Interesting. I couldn’t find out what the parts are that I see in its head.

 

 

A Dragonfly Surprise

I took a few minutes to walk around the backyard, looking for any new visitors.

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The male widow skimmer dragonflies have been hanging around in my two small gardens. I didn’t see this other visitor until I got the pictures in the computer. There’s a tiny red mite on the dragonfly’s side. Two other skimmers also had a mite on them.

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  The males have the yellow stripe on their abdomen like the females do. The female widow skimmers lack the white patch on their forewings, and the male’s abdomen will turn a powder blue.

 

Dragonflies in the Evening

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  I find myself making evening rounds of the backyard, photographing dragonflies.

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 They don’t know what they are, so why should I worry over knowing what they are?

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I come from an artistic family, and I find myself enjoying the lights and darks, the contrast and colors,

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plus the overall design.

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The abdomen on this one looks like it didn’t emerge correctly.

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I concentrated on having two dragonflies in the same picture.

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This picture has contrast and an abstract design too.

Now I wonder what I’ll find tomorrow night?