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Old Sep 13, 2009, 5:18 PM   #1
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Lou - Knowing how much you like Odonata pictures, I thought you might like this one I took Friday of a very happy spreadwing. Part of my job responsibilities is keeping phenologic data for our park, and also seeking out and cataloging new species. While checking out a great little pond for dragon- and damselflies, I noticed this spreadwing enjoying a meal.
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Old Sep 13, 2009, 5:19 PM   #2
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Here's a crop showing more detail of his lunch. Can you tell what he caught?
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Old Sep 13, 2009, 5:43 PM   #3
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Looks like some sort of dragonfly, but I have no idea which one if it is. Nice shots.

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Well, I know that sometimes they will eat there mate afterwards but didn't know they ate other species.
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Old Sep 13, 2009, 7:09 PM   #5
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Mole, that is a wonderful shot of the spreadwing.

My best guess on the spreadwing is a female sweetflag. The one being devoured is even harder. Again I am guessing at a male Emerald Spreadwing. The abdominal markings are lacking for making a better ID.

I fear I may have just flunked out of Odonata 101.

Thanks for remembering my fondness for Odonata.

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Another nice catch Mole. Was that with the 18-250 also? I never would have guessed that lens would be so useful for macro photography.

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Terrific Dragons.
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Patty - thanks! Glad you liked them!

GW - have never seen a dragon/damsefly eat their mate, but have often seen them chase and eat other species. There's one called Dragonhunter that seems to especially enjoy eating other dragonflies!

Lou - you did not flunk - this was a recently emerged female, so the markings are still indistinct - I'm not positive on the ID either, and will be sending it off to our odonate expert soon. (By the way, are you familiar with Odonata Central (http://www.odonatacentral.org/)? It's a great website for id and for reporting findings.)

Tim - Yes, that was with the 18-250. I do have a Sigma 105 macro, but have not yet perfected the method of changing lenses while standing knee-deep in the pond mud!

Rodney - Thanks!
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great capture, didn't know they would eat other dragonflies.
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