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Old May 15, 2011, 3:51 PM   #1
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As mentioned in the "Greene Views" thread, I had some great opportunities to explore recently in nearby Greene County Tennessee, and document some of the unusual odonates (dragonflies & damselflies) of this region. Here are a few samples.

First some egg laying damselflies. The male Aurora Damsel holds onto the female while she lays eggs...
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But female Fragile Forktails don't get that extra help & guarding from their mates...
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We are suddenly seeing a lot of Blue Dashers (mostly males) across our region. They spend a lot of time chasing each other, but do pause often enough for even this slow photographer to snap them.
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Ashy Clubtails seem to have a real taste for smaller butterflies. This one kept watching the Little Wood Satyr, but I think the butterfly did escape his pursuit...
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12 Spotted Skimmers are just emerging from their nymph (underwater) stage, and sure are busy chasing each other and setting up territories!

(PS - do you like the background of Golden Club flowers, or do you find it distracting?)
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Found two new records of Dragonflies for Greene County (the first step in protecting natural resources is knowing what resources are there!).

Here is one - called the Painted Skimmer. It was very shy, and took a long time of stalking before I could get just a few OK snapshots.
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And here is the other - a Brown Spiketail. This one was easy to photograph - he stayed close to the trail, flew slowly, and perched often.

(how do you like those big green eyes!)
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Sure do hope you enjoyed these few views of these amazing little creatures, and that you will share your comments, critique & suggestions!

(Will be gone to a different state park most of this week, helping to train our park system's summer interns. So will probably not be able to stop by until late in the week.)
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We get the damsels in our lakes too. They are fascinating to watch. Outstanding shots.
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Ashy Clubtails seem to have a real taste for smaller butterflies. This one kept watching the Little Wood Satyr, but I think the butterfly did escape his pursuit...
Did you notice that the smaller a butterfly is, the faster and more erratic its flight? Must be a defense against predators - makes them harder to catch.

Great photos, as always. The symmetrical damsels are extraordinary catches.
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