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Old Jul 13, 2010, 7:24 AM   #1
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Default Some Dragons & Damsels

Have been working to photograph & identify odonates (dragonflies & damselflies) in our park this summer. Had an opportunity to do some similar work in the Cades Cove area last week, and wanted to share a few "fruits" of the fun out in the muddy places.

Here are a few shots of a Great Blue Skimmer - a big and not very shy dragonfly that was very common at several ponds at the cove...
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 7:26 AM   #2
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Here are a few shots of a meadowhawk - I think it's a Ruby Meadowhawk. They had just emerged from the nymph stage within the past week or so. They were also rather shy, and took a bit of "stalking" to get to.
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Ebony Jewelwings were the commonest Damselflies - abundant at many of the small, slower streams. Here is a very frisky female, and a mating pair.
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Just one more - a Spreadwing. These big damselflies are hard (for me) to spot as they "skulk" in the dense green places. Not sure yet which species this is, working on the ID...
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 7:30 AM   #5
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Hope you enjoyed these "critters," and that your outdoor rambles are also blessed with many fine "bugs!"

Will not be able to stop by again for several days, so thanks in advance for any comments, critique, or suggestions!
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Old Jul 13, 2010, 9:26 AM   #7
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Thanks!!
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notice in image 6 they make a love heart while mating a really nice set
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I haven't quite figured out the mating thing, but those are great shots.
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Awesome work on these.....
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