Saturday, September 20, 2008


Yet to be identified...of course, the last photo is one of my meadowhawks that follow me around! That shot was taken yesterday...the Meadowhawks showed up in August.
***See comments on I.D. discussion

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Baker Watson said...

I'm glad I found your Damsels and Dragons blog. It's great to see someone else who finds them so interesting. I've been taking quite a few photo's of them around our pond and streams and I posted a few to my blog over the summer. I'll be keeping up with your sightings and photo's, but I'm sure that soon there will be few to see until next spring brings them out again.


Baker Watson said...

Thanks for dropping by. That was fast, lol.

And thanks for the kind comments. I've been checking out your main blog, too. Great photo's all around I must say.

I wish I could be of some assistance on the ID's but I'm afraid I'm much in the same boat that you are. I'm still learning. I also recently got a book on local Dragons and Damsels. It's a great book on the ones in my state. Very new and up-to-date. The author has some free 'dragonfly hunts' each summer in the area but I missed the ones this year. I'm looking forward to the ones next year.

I don't have quite as much trouble with my local dragons as the damsels. Some of those damsels are really small, but I'm still working on them.

Of course there are a lot of Odonata sites on line now with good info and photo's but I find some are hard to manuveur around unless you have an idea what you are looking for. Not good like a Field Guide where you can thumb through it fast.

And, of course there are sites where you can submit images of all types of US and Canada insects for identification. Of course they should be fairly detailed images. Have you tried There is also if you haven't tried it.

So here is to your success at putting names with the dragons and damsels.


Gallicissa said...

The first one looks very much like a Blue Dasher Pachidiplax longipennis to me. I am happy to be corrected.

I find your Meadowhawks....confusing!

spookydragonfly said...

Gallicissa, Thank you for your I.D...I agree with you on the Blue Dasher.

On the Meadowhawks...After further research, I think that I have both the Ruby and Autumn species. According to the book I refer to...Dragonflies and Damselflies of Northeast Ohio...I.D. is very difficult and confusing...seems that "recent studies have shown that several of the meadowhawk species hybridize." Add to the fact that within just a few days a dragonfly can change colors, makes I.D. more difficult.

spookydragonfly said...

I believe the third photo down is an adult male Eastern Pondhawk due to the green face versus the white of a dasher. The Pondhawks' eyes are dark green versus the Dashers' bright green...although it is hard to see dark green at all in my photo...they almost look black.

Gallicissa said...

I am happy I got the Blue Dasher right!

I can now understand why your Meadowhawks are so difficult to tell apart. I didn't know they hybridize. That is interesting. And thanks for explaining that.

My Mother's Garden said...

This is a really cool collection of dragonfly photos.
We have a tree in the yard that gets covered with hundreds of dragonflies every year and I have always wondered what they were doing.
Thanks for stopping by my blog!

kml said...

Thanks for stopping by my site. Glad you did - you have some beauties here!

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Spookydragonfly
Nice to have you drop by.
Duncan at "Ben Cruachan" has just been given access to a private pond on a farm in Gippsland,Victoria, Australia, where he lives. So, check his site out over the next few weeks. He is linked from my site.
Springtime is starting now in Australia, so our Dragons and Damsels will start appearing. Duncan had some photos this week. My area is colder than his, so I hope to get some shots in 2 weeks.

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Pseudothemis zonata said...

Good morning.
I can watch your blog, and it is a very happy feeling this morning.
I love a dragonfly, too.

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Linda Lunda said...

Hi!Tanks for your nice/sweet comments on my ceramic blogg!
I hope you come by again... and please do step by my gardenblogg to... its the red one.