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Subject: Dragonfly
Location: Central Oklahoma USA
March 30, 2014 9:26 am
I cant find this one anywhere Can you help to ID. this one?
Signature: name

Variegated Meadowhawk

Variegated Meadowhawk

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I am thinking a Variegated Meadowlark

Male Variegated Meadowhawk

Male Variegated Meadowhawk

Hi name,
We agree that this is a male Variegated Meadowhawk, and you can compare your individual to this image posted to BugGuide.

 

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Subject: Found odd bug in youth
Location: Shallow water in a lake
March 17, 2014 8:44 am
When I was younger I found an odd aquatic insect when I went to a local camp. I caught it and put it into a bucket of sand and water. Later It was preserved as part of an insect collection I used for 4-H under the most-likely false name “Water Cockroach”. I recently discovered my old insect collection when moving and noticed the insect once more. I tried looking it up based on what little I could describe it by. It appears to be a nymph, but of what I’m completely uncertain. It would be great if I could learn what it was if only to rectify it’s label after all these years.
Additional description of the insect portrays the insect to be roughly the size of a quarter, brad and flat, about as thick as one. Mud colored, most likely for camouflage. Adept at burrowing under the mud/sand as it attempted to do so when confined in the bucket (though it was a 5 gallon bucket).
I do so apologize for the terrible resolution of the pictures but I did not have a proper image capturing device at the time and was forced to use my webcam.
Signature: Spars with Mantids

Dragonhunter Naiad

Dragonhunter Naiad

Dear Spars with Mantids,
The larval nymphs of many flying insects live in water, and they are collectively known as Naiads.  These include Mayflies, Stoneflies, Damselflies and Dragonflies.  This is a Dragonfly Naiad, more specifically, the Naiad of a Dragonhunter,
Hagenius brevistylus.  Dragonhunter Naiads are very well camouflaged among fallen leaves at the bottom of ponds.

Thank you ever so much for you kind help. I’m glad to finally be able to put a name to this odd little guy after all these years.
Sincerely,
Spars with Mantids

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Subject: I believe I discovered a new water bug
Location: A slew in holt florida black water management
February 20, 2014 12:41 pm
So about a month before spring down in holt, Florida my pals an I were doin alittle fishing. We threw the cricket cage out to try to catch Minos for bait. When we pulled the cage in the weirdest bug I’ve seen in the water so far was sitting on the rim of it. None of us knew what it was and it peaked my interest so automatically I took a picture or two before my friends tried to leave me. Sorry I don’t have more pictures but if it is new id like to claim it.
Signature: Please help, Travis

Damselfly Naiad

Damselfly Naiad

Hi Travis,
We are sorry to disappoint you, but Damselfly Naiads, the aquatic nymphs of an insect related to the Dragonfly, are not a new ID, and different species are found throughout the globe.  We cannot provide you with the species for this Damselfly Naiad, but we can direct you to an image on BugGuide that looks very similar.

Damselfly Naiad

Damselfly Naiad

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Subject: Daniel – One of Your Favorites!
Location: Hawthorne, CA
January 23, 2014 12:22 pm
Hi Daniel,
We are happy to hear you enjoyed the photos of the Monarch Butterfly eclosion. It did delay my culinary diversion just a bit, as I went out to witness the event when Marty stuck his head in the door to tell me it had begun! It’s worth it, though. It’s not the first we’ve witnessed but it never gets old.
Yesterday this beautiful little dragonfly patiently sat for a photo session. I know dragonfly identification isn’t one of your favorite pastimes, but am hoping that maybe you’ve seen and id’d one of these in past.
Signature: Thanks, Anna Carreon

Variegated Meadowhawk

Variegated Meadowhawk

Hi Anna,
We actually identified what we believe to be a female Variegated Meadowhawk several hours ago, but chores around the house superseded creating a new posting.  You can compare your individual to the images posted to BugGuide here and here.

Probably Female Variegated Meadowhawk

Probably Female Variegated Meadowhawk

Closeup of a Variegated Meadowhawk

Closeup of a Variegated Meadowhawk

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Subject: Damselfly
Location: mumbai
December 28, 2013 11:06 am
Hey there once again!
we get to see a lot of damselflies and i was able to identify golden dartlets and eastern forktails however this fellow remains unidentified.
Probably still immature
Signature: Sid

Damselfly

Damselfly

Subject: damselflies
Location: navi mumbai
December 28, 2013 11:10 am
Its dragon fly and damselfly season. i thought it would be cool to post photos of some commonly found damsels.
golden dartlets and eastern forktails are the most common ones here
Signature: Sid

Golden Dartlet

Golden Dartlet

Hi Sid,
Thanks for sending your lovely Damselfly images.  We have combined your two emails into one posting since they can both be categorized as Damselflies.  They are a great addition to our site.  We do have a request.  One submission was listed as Mumbai and the other as Navi Mumbai.  Can you please clarify the difference in the locations if any.

Eastern Forktail

Eastern Forktail

 

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Subject: florida bug
Location: south florida
December 26, 2013 8:34 pm
What is it?
Signature: mary

Dragonfly with missing abdomen

Green Darner with missing abdomen

Hi Mary,
Some predator, probably a bird, caught this Dragonfly and ate the abdomen, leaving the less palatable head, wings and legs for you to find.  Your Dragonfly is a Green Darner,
Anax junius, and you can read up more on this species on BugGuide where it states:  “Adults are strong flyers and may be found anywhere but are more common near larval habitat: still marshy waters, fresh and slightly brackish.”  

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