Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Dragonflies, Woodpeckers, and Swallowtail

I hope I'm not wearing anyone out with my dragonfly photos; but 'tis the season, you know. And I do find them fascinating. I've purchased a book to help me with identification and will do my best to get it right. I'm open to corrections, though.
These photos were all taken at Ouabache State Park in July.

Male Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly

Male Blue Dasher Dragonfly

Male Widow Skimmer Dragonfly

Male Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

Male Blue Dasher Dragonfly

And, to give you a little break from dragonflies...

Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker and a Juvenile

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly


  1. Linda, your photos are incredible! I see so much beauty and great detail in these insects! Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Those Dragonfly photographs are marvellous.

  3. Fantastic finds, I keep my dragonfly field guide next to me published by Stokes. I noticed the other day the woodpecker fledges also have a spotted belly. Glad you enjoyed my little yellowthroat warbler. I listen for their call whenever I go out. They are so tiny it is hard to get a good closeup, but they like to perch on the highest plant.

  4. enjoyed them all! i love the skeeter-eating bi-planes!

  5. Great shots. I will not be correcting you as I don't know these critters very well.

  6. Wow, Linda, your captures of those dragonflies are awesome, love them all. You're really good at this and I'm pleased to hear you've purchased the book to be able to identify them. Looking forward to seeing more! :)

  7. Linda - Thanks for your enthusiastic response to these pictures. Indeed, there's beauty in the details in these creatures. Weirdness, too!

    Thank you, Margaret.

    Thanks, Steve. This little Stoke's guide is very helpful. It's not all-inclusive, but it probably covers the ones I'm most likely to see.

    Thanks, Tex. And I love your description of them as "skeeter-eating bi-planes." I think it was when I found out that mosquitoes are a big part of their diet that I became enthralled with dragonflies.

    Ruth - Thanks. There are hundreds of varieties of dragonflies and damselflies. I'll never be able to claim the title of "expert."

    Thank you for the generous praise, Petra. I should have invested in the book sooner. But, even with the book, making a correct ID is challenging.

  8. An awesome collection, Linda!! Love love love the Halloween Pennant. A beautiful dragon and crisp shot.

    1. Thanks kindly, Gail. Their beauty is in their wings and color, but I love it when I can capture the detail of their odd little faces.


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