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Old Jun 15, 2007, 6:58 PM   #1
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I came across this dragonfly while walking a pond.

1. Drying his wings. Note shed nymph shell underneath. Usually they climb a stem to do this. Although the wings are back like a damselfly, this is a fair size dragonfly of three inches or so. Wings extend as they dry.


2. Face shot.



I had planned on more pictures but met a new cemetery lady out looking for wildlife and loaned her binoculars and showed her a baby turtle. I thought the dragonfly would take as long as a cicada but they are much faster at flying off.
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Old Jun 15, 2007, 7:07 PM   #2
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Very good captures Steve, especially the first shot. Do you know what species it is?

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Old Jun 15, 2007, 7:29 PM   #3
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Very good captures Steve, especially the first shot. Do you know what species it is?

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It could be a Green Darner on the slightly small side. I had taken off my glasses to focus for that face shot, and when it flew I totally lost it. Otherwise I would have marked where it landed and checked in awhile to see the coloration develop. It did seem larger then anything else but a darner.
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Old Jun 15, 2007, 7:46 PM   #4
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Wow the second shot is beautiful, great detail on the green markings!
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Old Jun 15, 2007, 10:33 PM   #5
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The first is great capture with the spent sheel underneath.
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Old Jun 15, 2007, 10:43 PM   #6
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See Steve you are becoming a macro guy, you did a very great job on those shots. There will be no stopping you now.
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Old Jun 16, 2007, 9:29 AM   #7
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Very nice. That dragonfly has some really interesting markings. Great close up you got there. )
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Very nice pictures Steve. You got real close on the second one.

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Old Jun 17, 2007, 10:16 AM   #9
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Thanks for commenting everybody. Glad you like the shots. I was rather pleased myself. An insect this size works for me so much better then a leaf hopper.
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