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Obelisk Position

I was out early this morning for my daily spider hunt.

Then I got side tracked by this dragonfly in its obelisk position. This position reduces the amount of sun/heat on the dragonfly.

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Lots of Dragonflies

Sorry about the quality of these pictures. The subjects didn’t land and pose.

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A short storm came through a little earlier. I came in to the computer, looked out the picture window and saw dragonflies flying 10 to 15 feet high over our backyard. They flew fast, flew only when the sun was shining, and didn’t land.

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According to my dragonfly books, they’re wandering gliders, are two inches long, and their range includes the U.S. and southern Canada. I was lucky to get the close-up on the one above. All I saw of them was their orange color.

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   They prefer temporary ponds and puddles in the open with bare spots and short vegetation. Here they were flying back and forth over our backyard.

They are the only dragonfly found around the world except for Europe.

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 Early in the evening, I saw lots of them across the highway, flying over the mowed area and over the corn. I stayed on our side of the highway to watch and photograph them. The early evening light shadowed the side of the corn and tree, making it easier to see the dragonflies.

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Like I said, they were fast flyers!  I’d just hold the camera on certain areas and snap the picture when several flew across the cameras’ field of view. A lot of the pictures didn’t turn out; others would if I snapped the picture in time. There are six in the picture above. There wasn’t any aiming the camera. I’d just hold the camera and wait for them to fly by.

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There are four in this picture.

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They flew so fast that their wings didn’t show in a lot of the pictures.

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I had to wonder what the people driving by thought about me standing out there aiming a camera across the highway.

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Wandering gliders are a medium-sized dragonfly, almost two inches long. Their hindwings are triangular and broad at the base. This allows them to fly around for hours.

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They feed mostly on aerial plankton.

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They have been gone two days now, and I really miss them. This was my first encounter with them … and I hope not the last.

 

Chain of Events

I was walking along the back side of my moon garden when

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this male dun skipper landed nearby and allowed me to creep closer for pictures.

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A cabbage white butterfly landed in the middle of a mint, and posed for me to take its picture too.

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And then a question mark butterfly landed close enough that I didn’t have to move to take its picture.

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The narrow tails and the small silver question mark on its hindwing identify it. The comma butterfly has wider tails, a comma on its hindwings, and its wings have a more jagged edge.

I was stooped down taking more pictures of butterfly above… when…

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this dragonfly landed right in front of me. It surprised me, especially with such vivid colors. A little research turned up what I saw. The vivid colors occur on the dragonflies (imago) when they emerge.

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The colors then turn darker as they dry.

This was the first imago I’ve  seen through all my years and years of nature study. Needless to say, I was so  excited.

 

Obelisk Position

The weather was a high 91 degrees, with a strong south wind blowing.

(Which means the quality of the pictures isn’t the best. I’m not a fan of temperatures over 90.)

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This dragonfly spent most of its time in obelisk position

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to reduce the amount of direct sunlight on its body.

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I found another dragonfly in the obelisk position at noon today.

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I assumed it was after a tiny bug every time it flew a loop out and back to its perch.

 

Pair Widow Skimmers

Dragonfly numbers have been low so far this year.

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This female widow skimmer is one of the few I’ve photographed this summer.

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The male widow skimmer landed right in front of me. Their range covers most of the U.S. except out west from Montana down to Nevada and Utah.

I hope dragonfly numbers increase in our yard.

Cloud Watching

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Evening clouds apparently captivated this dragonfly.

Almost Neon

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An eastern pondhawk dragonfly looked almost neon in the morning light.

(I posted this blog early this morning. I just realized the wrong dragonfly picture was in the blog … not the one I posted. I have no ideas how that happened. This one definitely looks more neon.  Hope this post works!)