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Female Twelve-spotted Skimmer

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Twelve-spotted skimmers (Libellula pulchella) are common in most of the United States, Southern Canada and into Mexico. They can be found near ponds, lakes and the broad, slow portions of rivers. As the name suggests, this dragonfly had twelve brown … Continue reading

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Skimmers

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Recently I have not taken many insect pictures. Thus, when an eight-spotted skimmer (Libellula forensis) was quietly posing for me along the #2 Elkins Pond Trail in Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Modoc County CA), I decided to post a dragonfly … Continue reading

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Crimson-ringed Whiteface

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The crimson-ringed whiteface (Leucorrhinia glacialis) is a “northern” dragonfly that is found in Canada and the upper tier of States. Freshwater lakes and ponds, often with boggy margins, are the habitat of these members of the skimmer group of dragonflies. … Continue reading

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Hungry Grappletail

Late last summer this grappletail (Octogomphus specularis) was feeding on a rock next to Ash Creek near the Lower Campground (Lassen County CA). I believe this is a female grappletail because of the thin yellow line on the top of … Continue reading

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Great Basin Snaketail

With its green face and blue eyes, olive thorax with a double black line on each side and yellow and black abdomen the Great Basin snaketail (Ophiogomphus morrisoni)  is a colorful dragonfly. Great Basin snaketails are members of the clubtail … Continue reading

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Female Common Whitetail

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Dragonflies begin life as a tiny egg scattered on the surface of the water, buried in the mud of a stream bottom or inserted into vegetation floating on or overhanging water. Within several weeks or after overwintering, nymphs (the larval … Continue reading

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Blue-eyed Darner in Flight

Some dragonflies are difficult to photograph because they flit about in constant motion, while others perch for long periods and make excellent “models”. Recently the blue-eyed darners flying along the Tule River (Shasta county CA) all seemed to be in … Continue reading

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