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Old Jun 4, 2016, 10:37 PM   #1
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Default Dragons are back!

We're getting into the busy odonata season here in Northeast Tennessee. Hot and sunny are ideal conditions for all the "dragons & damsels." Here are a few samples.

This is a just-emerged (teneral) Ebony Jewelwing. He'll have much darker wings, and a brighter green body in just a few days. This species is one of our most common streamside damselflies. The females have a white spot on the wing-tip.
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Here is a common damselfly of the ponds, called Aurora Damselfly. In that 2nd shot, it looks like Mrs. Aurora is a bit uncomfortable with Mr. Aurora's attachment!
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And here's one of our tiny damselflies in the forktail group, called an Eastern Forktail. When he flies, all you can see is a green dot and a blue dot!
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This is another forktail, a female Fragile Forktail. Like most odonates, they lay their eggs in the water.
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But this Swamp Darner doesn't follow the typical trend. They "drill" their eggs into wood. When the eggs hatch, the nymphs will plunge into the water.
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It's rare to catch a Common Green Darner when it's not flying. Cool weather helps. This male was waiting for his flight muscles to warm up.
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Other dragonflies spend a lot of time perched. Here's a Blue Dasher on his favorite pondside perch…
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A male Common Whitetail on his perch...
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And a female of the same species perched nearby.
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Female Pondhawks sure have some fine camouflage!
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