Archive for the ‘Dragonflies’ Category

Narrow-Winged Damsel Fly

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

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Narrow Winged Damsel Fly.   Photo:  Krumbo Reservoir in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge South of Burns, Or   7/04/2009

Male Whitetail Dragonfly “Libellula lydia”

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

img_6782_1Male Whitetail Dragonfly “Libellula lydia”.  Males have  bluish-white body and wings with a dark patch at the base and a dark band across the middle. Females have a a brown body and wings with a brown patch at the base, middle and tip.  Compound eyes with as many as 30,000 separate receptors each of which is a separate light sensing organ.  Dragonflies are said to be the world’s fastest insects and they can reach speeds of 20-35 mph.  Photo:  Rainier, OR  7/12/2005

White-faced Meadowhawk

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

White-faced Meadowhawk “Sympetrum obtrusum” Length approx 1.5″. Male with red eyes, brown thorax, and red abdomen. Females have red-brown eyes, brown thorax and brown abdomen. This male has many small red cherry-like parasitic mites on its thorax. Photo: Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge just south of Mt Adams, WA 8/24/2012._MG_4532

Male Whitetail Dragonfly “Libellula lydia”

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Male Whitetail Dragonfly “Libellula lydia”.  Males have  bluish-white body and wings with a dark patch at the base and a dark band across the middle. Females have a a brown body and wings with a brown patch at the base, middle and tip.  Compound eyes with as many as 30,000 separate receptors each of which is a separate light sensing organ.  Dragonflies are said to be the world’s fastest insects and they can reach speeds of 20-35 mph.  Photo:  Krumbo Reservoir, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, OR  7/03/2009

Paddle-tailed Darner “Aeshna palmata”

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paddle-tailed Darner “Aeshna palmata”  Length about 3″.  Males have blue eyes, a brown thorax with greenish to blue stripes and an abdomen that is blue & black.  Females are similar but they may also have brown eyes with a brown thorax and a yellow green & brown abdomen.   The males cruise rapidly along the waterway looking for females but feed in nearby grassy areas.  Top Photo:  Conboy Wildlife Refuge just south of Mt Adams in WA.  10/06/2012 and Lower Photos 8/16/2012  

Striped Meadowhawk “Sympetrum pallipes”

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Striped Meadowhawk “Sympetrum pallipes”  Approximately 1.5″ long. Brown thorax with two pales stripes, red abdomen with black markings along the lower sides and the eyes are reddish-brown. Females have light brown thorax with pales stripes, brown abdomen with black markings on the upper sides and the eyes are brown. Found throughout OR.  Photo:  Fish Lake on Steen’s Mt in S.E. OR 9/21/2012

Emma’s Dancer “Argia emma”

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

 

Emma’s Dancer “Argia emma” Body length less than 1.5″ long.  Males are lavender with a narrow black stripe on top of the thorax, the abdomen is lavender and the last two tail segments are blue.  Females are brown.  Photo: Along the Silvies River near Seneca, OR 7/28/2012

 

 

Cardinal Meadowhawk “Sympetrum illotum”

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

 

Cardinal Meadowhawk “Sympetrum illotum”   This is a mating pair and the male dragonfly deposits sperm from his tail segment into a pocket on his abdomen, grabs the female by the back of the head and she then connects her tail segment with the sperm pocket to fertilize her eggs. They then fly in tandem to deposit the eggs in a nearby pond. Photo:  Nisqually Wildlife Refuge near Olympia, WA 9/06/2012

Northern Spreadwing “Lestes disjunctus”

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Spreadwing “Lestes disjunctus”  The body of this damselfly is approx 1.5″ long and   both sexes have blue eyes.  The male has grasped the female by the back if her head with the claspers located at the end of his abdomen.  Found throughout OR & WA Photo:  Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge south of Mt Adams, WA.  8/24/2012

White-faced Meadowhawk “Sympetrum obtrusum”

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

White-faced Meadowhawk “Sympetrum obtrusum” Length approx 1.5″.  Male with red eyes, brown thorax, and red abdomen.  Females have red-brown eyes, brown thorax and brown abdomen.   This male has many small red cherry-like parasitic mites  on its thorax.  Photo: Conboy Lake Wildlife Refuge just south of Mt Adams, WA  8/24/2012.