Category Archives: Dragon and Damselflies

Butterflies and Dragonflies In The Summer

We’re in the dog days of summer where temperatures are in the upper 90′s and the heat index is around 104-108 degrees.  It’s also the time that whenever I take my lens outside I can expect a bit of a wait before I can start shooting due to the condensation on the lens. Presently we […]

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Blue Green Dragonfly In Early Morning Light And Dew

The Common Green Darner Dragonfly that I placed on the Zinnia yesterday evening was still here this morning. He was covered in a light dew and the light was just starting to fall on our second Zinnia garden.

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Holding A Common Green Darner Dragonfly

Here’s something you don’t see every day. We were cleaning our Butterfly enclosures this evening when this large Dragonfly flew right in there.  I don’t know if he was old, confused, tired, or what, but he just stayed right there so I went and picked him up. After he stayed in the palm of my […]

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Books On Birds, Butterflies, Insects, Wildlife, Gardening, And Photography

Okay, I’ve done it.  I’ve cataloged most all my books.  I still have some computer books at work I need to catalog, but for this blog I think I’m complete.  I’ve organized the books into sections and I’ll also make the list available for download should you choose to keep it as a reference for […]

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Common Green Darner Dragonfly

This is a Common Green Darner Dragonfly.  According to the book I utilize for identifying Dragonflies (Stokes Beginners Guide to Dragonflies), the female has the distinctive bulls-eye on the forehead. In contrast, the Male does not have the distinctive bulls-eye on the forehead, and the thorax is bright green with a blue abdomen.

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Dog Days Of Summer Are Upon Us

Probably thought I disappeared, didn’t ya? Nope, haven’t disappeared, just taking a small break. I’ve also been getting home later than normal during the week, and working hard on maintaining the yard on the weekends. Here’s what new or changed as of July 27, 2010. The Purple Martins have all fled the nest. They come […]

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Twelve Spotted Skimmer

I saw one of these Dragonflies yesterday.  In fact, I thought the one I saw was one that the Martins caught yesterday. Fortunately for me (or the Dragonfly), there was at least one more of these today.  This is a Twelve Spotted Skimmer.  They are apparently quite common.

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Purple Martins Love Dragonflies

This particular male Purple Martin is the hardest working dad in birding.  He catches numerous Dragonflies each day and brings him to the 5 babies that are nesting in the Martin house.  He rarely seems to rest.  He’s also very protective of the nest, at least towards my dogs.  If the dogs are out walking […]

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Update On Purple Martin Nesting

Besides the Cardinal mother who disappeared, I thought I had another bird scare today.  When I was looking up at the Martin house I noticed this little tail sticking out.  After watching it for a couple of minutes and not noticing any movement, I thought “uh, oh, a baby got stuck or died.”  I really […]

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Blue Dasher Dragonflies

We have more and more Dragonflies starting to appear.  That’s good news for the nesting Purple Martins (they are bringing tons of them into their nest to feed their babies), good news for my photography, and bad news for the mosquitoes. I’m not very good at identifying Dragonflies, but I will make a better effort […]

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Move Your Butt!

I couldn’t resist creating some witty title for this picture.  Like the recent Butterfly photos, this one is also from Sheldon Reservoir.  I’ve never seen such HUGE Dragonflies. When I was preparing to take this photo it looked like the female Dragonfly was looking right at me (as if her head is turned to the […]

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Turtles And Butterflies, Oh My

Although we didn’t see many birds at Armand Bayou, we did see quite a few Turtles (Red Eared Sliders) and Giant Swallowtail Butterflies. If you click on this picture and view it full size, you’ll see there’s a little Blue Dragonfly on one of the plants growing out of the pond.  I didn’t notice that […]

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Dragonfly On Leecy's Hand

Here’s something new we haven’t tried before, nor have I photographed before. There’s an old Bamboo stick around a bunch of our nectar plants and you can always find a Dragonfly resting there.  For whatever reason, Leecy just placed her fingers over the top of the Bamboo stick and sure enough, the Dragonfly just landed […]

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