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Old May 26, 2011, 7:25 AM   #1
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Now that spring is changing to summer here in the East Tennessee hills, we are seeing LOTS of new dragonflies emerging. They spend the majority of their life as water creatures, and emerge (usually) on warm humid nights.

Here are a few of our "recent arrivals:"

A female Spangled Skimmer and a female Slaty Skimmer (look very similar except for the stigma - the marking near the end of the wing)
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Old May 26, 2011, 7:27 AM   #2
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Springtime Darners have been here and active for a while. They are hard (for me) to photograph, because they spend most of their time flying! By now, they are approaching the end of their adult lives and perch a bit more, so it's much easier to photograph them.
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Plenty of Clubtails species emerging lately - when they first emerge, the colors are not fully developed, so they are hard (for me) to identify. Here are two just-hatched clubtail species. Will tell you the species names later...
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12 spotted Skimmers are also out in good numbers lately. These dragons are easy to photograph - they usually choose a favorite perch and keep coming back to it!
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And here's a dragonfly that is rather common in our region, but I've never gotten close to one before. It's called a Calico Pennant. They are rather small, but usually perch on the top of a plant, so they are easy to see. But they are usually very wary - it took a lot of stalking to get close to this little girl!
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And just to give the "dragons" some company, here are a few other recent "bugs" from Northeast Tennessee...

This Hackberry Emperor perched right beside a penny, just to show us how small he is!
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This ladybug is showing off her small size, or maybe showing us how small are the spore cases on Christmas Fern.
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A little spider, waiting in the PawPaw thicket (maybe waiting for a tasty zebra swallowtail?)
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And a pair of Silvery Checkerspots, just enjoying the warm sunshine!
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Hope you enjoyed all the East Tennessee "critters," and that you will share your comments & critique!
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