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California Spreadwing

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A few days ago I was surprised to find a California spreadwing damselfly (Archilestes californicus)¬†hanging onto a window screen at our house (Modoc County CA). The California spreadwing’s habitat is streams with alders and willows. We have a couple willows … 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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Eight-spotted Skimmer

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Four-spotted skimmer (see 08-16-13), eight-spotted skimmer, twelve-spotted skimmer . . there are several “skimmer” dragonflies whose colloquial names indicate the number of spots on their wings. Last week hordes of eight-spotted skimmers (Libellula forensis) were flying at the McArthur Swamp … Continue reading

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Common Whitetail

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For several weeks common whitetails (Plathemis lydia or Libellula lydia) have flitted around our yard (Lookout CA). No matter how hard I tried, I just could not get a common whitetail picture. They were simply too elusive. (I do not … Continue reading

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