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05 August 2008

Mystery solved

Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)

We see a lot of these, along with the Four-spotted Pennants, at the refuge. This one was at the Bottoms Road end of the Panacea Unit. It was a windy day and he made sure I got no closer than about 20-30 feet. Our yard dragons are often much bolder, sometimes allowing me to get right up in their little faces. The Pondhawks, occasionally, even perch on my toes.

To find out if this beauty lives in your neighbourhood, click here.

8 comments:

SwampAngel65 said...

Yay!!! But I didn't know it's specific type. I need to read up on dragonflies.

SwampAngel65 said...

Yay!!! But I didn't know it's specific type. I need to read up on dragonflies.

SwampAngel65 said...

hmmm....dejavue?

jena said...

Very pretty d'fly! We don't have as many as usual this year. I wonder if that is due to the drought.

bparrish55 said...

I want your camera....

SophieMae said...

SwampAngel, Blooger must really like you. LOL!

Jena, I've been thinking the same thing.

BP, I'm sure enjoying it. 8-] Amazon now has it for under $300.. a bit less than I paid in January. I still want a DSLR, but my piggy bank has been on a diet lately. 8-}

Meems said...

Hi Sophie:
It looks like the map says they are in my area but I don't recall ever seeing them.

It is beautiful and you got a fabulous shot especially for that far away! I've been noticing an unusually large number of dragon flies this year and meaning to do some research to find out what attracts them. Do you know what the larger ones are that come out around dusk and fly around higher up in the air?

SophieMae said...

Meems, check your library for Dragonflies Through Binoculars. Are the ones you're seeing green and blue? My first thought was Common Green Darner. Or maybe one of the Saddlebags. This guy has some great pics online and has recently written a book that I just added to my Amazon wish list.