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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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Western Pondhawk

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The male western pondhawk (Erythemis collocata) has a pruinose¬† (powdery) blue thorax and abdomen, a green face and dark blue eyes. A medium-sized dragonfly, western pondhawks perch on low or floating vegetation. This specimen was photographed along the Tule River … Continue reading

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Flame Skimmer

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Native to Western North America, the flame skimmer (Libellula saturata) is a dragonfly common throughout my current home state of California. A large dragonfly, the flame skimmer is also commonly called a big red skimmer or a firecracker skimmer. With … Continue reading

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Feeding Grappletails

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The adult grappletail (Octogomphus specularis), a type of clubtail dragonfly, will eat almost any soft-bodied insect – including mosquitoes, flying ants, termites, small moths, flies, damselflies and even other dragonflies. Grappletails were actively feeding one morning as I wandered along … Continue reading

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