My Favorite Florida Dragonflies
UPDATE: I've received some great feedback from Steve Collins below, and now I have some conclusive IDs of these dragonflies. After updating the captions to these photos, I've reordered the photos according to species. So if you compare my photos now to what is in Steve Collins' comment, they won't match, but they're still right (if that makes sense).
Lovely dragonfly photos. Once I started photographing dragonflies and damselflies, I couldn't stop, and I just had to know the names of each one - which became a very rewarding compulsion ;)ReplyDelete
The dragon at the top of the white flowers is, I believe, a Black Saddlebags. I hesitate to try the others as species can be quite regional in scope.
You might enjoy the site: http://www.odonatacentral.org/ It is an excellent site for Odonata science, reporting and photos, though not really aimed at beginner identification. If you search for sites using terms such as "dragonfly identification" you will find plenty. You could also try bugguide.net. I can't recommend a field guide as mine only cover the western U.S.
I've added to my Circles on G+ and look forward to seeing more Odonate photos there.
Thanks so much for the help! Someone else also emailed me with the species names of these dragonflies. I'll be adding those to the post. Between your help, the one who sent the email, and the site recommendation, I may be well on my way to figuring out these wonderful creatures.Delete
Excellent! I'd love to revisit the photos once the species names are added. Why don't you post (or repost) to G+ when you do, so I'll know to come look. (Or you can post here, as I've subscribed to the comments.)Delete
lol. Very good shots. What I wonder is how you avoid every greenary behind them. They are hard to shoot and there seems to always be something that disturbs the shot. I have a few Swedish ones in a blog.ReplyDelete
You also had some real beauties in the previous post. The butterflies.
I'm pretty sure the bottom one is a Golden-Winged Skimmer. I could be wrong as I'm not familiar with them here in New England, but I'd bet it's either that or one very similar. http://bugguide.net/node/view/3825ReplyDelete
Nice pics btw, I love how the first one is against a cloudless sky.
Tahnks, Dan! I had the same suspicion from looking at odantacentral.org. But I wasn't totally convinced. You put me over the edge. I'm wondering now if the photo above it (#6) is the same species?Delete
It is fantastic to discover those dragon from another spot in the world!ReplyDelete
I am starting to know quite well what there is in France, but the American dragonflies are exquisite! So as your photos!
Really well done!
A forum where some people have a great knowledge about worldwide dragonflies is:
Ok, it is in French, but in Odonata section, they speak fluent English and some live in Guyana... They are very knowledgeable...
I have learned a great deal from them!
I hope uou will show us more!
The photos on this page are (in order):ReplyDelete
Four-spotted Pennant (note the white stigmas)
Needham's Skimmer (Female)
Thanks so much, Steve. I've updated the captions above.ReplyDelete
I live in southeast Fl and the Halloween Pennat dragonflies are everywhere in the grass what makes them do this.ReplyDelete
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