Category: Odonatans

Calopteryx maculata, 11 April 2023

Calopteryx maculata, the Ebony jewelwing; Volusia county, Florida (11 April 2023). If you live anywhere in the eastern half of the United States, I’m sure you’ve seen this species. The Ebony jewelwing is a delicate, energetic Odonatan. In Florida, I often see them zipping… Continue Reading “Calopteryx maculata, 11 April 2023”

Spring Break 2023: Celithemis eponina

Celithemis eponina, the Halloween pennant; Miami-Dade county, Florida (14 March 2023). Spring Break 2023 Alas, we come to our final shot for the Spring Break 2023 bioblitz roadtrip. After failing miserably at photographing a number of Halloween pennants earlier that day, I was overjoyed… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Celithemis eponina”

Spring Break 2023: Coryphaeschna ingens

Coryphaeschna ingens, the Regal darner; Miami-Dade county, Florida (14 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 I came across this Regal darner quietly passing the day by upon the side of a tree, waiting for night to come back around. Regal darners are fairly large dragonflies ranging… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Coryphaeschna ingens”

Libellula needhami, 02 July 2019

Libellula needhami, the Needham’s skimmer; Volusia county, Florida (02 July 2019). Here’s an iPhone shot of a Needham’s skimmer I came across along the edge of a roadside culvert in downtown Daytona Beach. Though I’m happy my phone was able to get this clear… Continue Reading “Libellula needhami, 02 July 2019”

Libellula axilena, 16 June 2013

Libellula axilena, the Bar-winged skimmer; Lowndes county, Georgia (16 June 2013). The elegance of a Bar-winged skimmer taking a break from all that excellent aerial combat. We certainly had no shortage of dragonflies and the like in our Valdosta, Georgia, backyard. It was something… Continue Reading “Libellula axilena, 16 June 2013”

Libellula axilena, 29 May 2013

Libellula axilena, the Bar-winged skimmer; Lowndes county, Georgia (29 May 2013). A Bar-winged skimmer perched with ever-perfect balance and poise. Whereas cicadas often feel like over-sized, drunken pilots bludgeoning and blundering their way through the skies, their dragonfly brethren couldn’t be more opposite. They… Continue Reading “Libellula axilena, 29 May 2013”

Erythemis simplicicollis, 05 June 2007

Erythemis simplicicollis, the Eastern pondhawk; Volusia county, Florida (05 June 2007). Being one of our more-common dragons in this part of Florida, I’m always delighted to see an Eastern pondhawk searching out adventure and carnage in the summer sunshine, especially the emerald green females… Continue Reading “Erythemis simplicicollis, 05 June 2007”

Perithemis tenera, 28 June 2014

Perithemis tenera, the Eastern amberwing; Lake county, Florida (28 June 2014). To put it simply, this isn’t the greatest photograph I’ve ever taken, but it is the best photograph I currently have of an Eastern amberwing. Years ago, I used to see these quite… Continue Reading “Perithemis tenera, 28 June 2014”

Libellula incesta, 19 June 2012

Libellula incesta, the Slaty skimmer; Lowndes county, Georgia (19 June 2012). Slaty skimmers were about a dime a dozen during my two years in South Georgia. We had soooo many of these in the backyard during the summer months. Though predictable, perhaps, in their… Continue Reading “Libellula incesta, 19 June 2012”

Tramea carolina, 19 June 2013

Tramea carolina, the Carolina saddlebags; Lowndes county, Georgia (19 June 2013). A quick reference shot of a Carolina saddlebags that was hanging out on our back patio light back in Valdosta a few clicks back on the odometer of life. Saddlebags were fairly common… Continue Reading “Tramea carolina, 19 June 2013”

Epiaeschna heros, 19 June 2013

Epiaeschna heros, the Swamp darner; Lowndes county, Georgia (19 June 2013). A nice reference shot, at least, of a magnificent dragon. This is the Swamp darner, a fairly large and impressive species. I do wish I had more artsy photographs of the Swamp darner,… Continue Reading “Epiaeschna heros, 19 June 2013”

Libellula vibrans, 19 June 2012

Libellula vibrans, the Great blue skimmer; Lowndes county, Georgia (19 June 2012). A quick shot of a Great blue skimmer’s impressively bulbous and (relatively) huge mug. Dragonflies are, of course, quite excellent. Great blue skimmer’s are high on my list of favorites. A strikingly… Continue Reading “Libellula vibrans, 19 June 2012”

Erythrodiplax berenice, 24 May 2019

Erythrodiplax berenice, the Seaside dragonlet; Brevard county, Florida (24 May 2019). The seaside dragonlet is exactly what its name suggests: A small species of dragonfly that hangs out among the dunes adjacent to the shoreline. Though Florida has absolutely butchered and cleaved down much… Continue Reading “Erythrodiplax berenice, 24 May 2019”

Libellula axilena, 18 June 2013

Libellula axilena, the Bar-winged skimmer; Lowndes county, Georgia (18 June 2013). Another dragon-of-the-skies. When I see a dragon like the Bar-winged skimmer, I find myself very relieved to have not been born a small insect. Imagine how terrifying this creature must be from the… Continue Reading “Libellula axilena, 18 June 2013”

Macromia taeniolata, 29 June 2019

Macromia taeniolata, the Royal river cruiser; Volusia county, Florida (29 June 2019). The Royal river cruiser is a magnificent dragon to come across in central Florida. I found this beast of the lower skies hanging out along the edge of my backyard one quiet… Continue Reading “Macromia taeniolata, 29 June 2019”

Pachydiplax longipennis, 16 June 2013

Pachydiplax longipennis, the Blue dasher; Lowndes county, Georgia (16 June 2013). If I were a wee insect, this would be the face of terror. Dragonflies are remarkably powerful hunters of their prey. Fortunately, however, I’m a large, lumbering hominid, so the mug of a… Continue Reading “Pachydiplax longipennis, 16 June 2013”

Pachydiplax longipennis, 12 June 2013

Pachydiplax longipennis, the Blue dasher; Lowndes county, Georgia (12 June 2013). Though they range far beyond the area, I positively adored the density of Blue dashers in Lowndes county, Georgia. Sure, this species ranges all the way west to California, northwest to Washington, and… Continue Reading “Pachydiplax longipennis, 12 June 2013”