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Subject: What dragonfly is this
Location: Nazareth, Israel
July 28, 2015 12:01 pm
Help me identify this
Signature: Raed

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Dear Raed,
Wow, we just responded as an anagram.  We believe this may be a Southern Darter,
Sympetrum meridionale, based on this Getty Images posting.  We don’t read French, but there appears to be some information on the Nature 22 site.

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

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Subject: Dragonfly with unusual colors
Location: South Mississippi near the coast, Ocean Springs
July 23, 2015 9:15 pm
Hello
My daughter took this pic 07/23/15 in her backyard in Ocean Springs, MS. It appears the body is almost completely white, while the wings are transparent with these remarkable black parts. She reported it was dive-bombing the lawn mower while she was mowing the lawn. She also mentioned she has been seeing it, or identical ones, repeatedly for about 2 weeks now. BTW, the weather has been no rain and very hot and humid for weeks now, following our Memorial Day floods all around the southeast U.S.
I’m guessing this is a male “common whitetail”, or long-tailed skimmer, perhaps Plathemis lydia. Am I close?
Thank you, love this site!!!
Signature: Amateur Entomologist and fan of “What’s That Bug?”

Common Whitetail

Common Whitetail

Dear Amateur Entomologist,
Thanks so much for your enthusiastic praise.  We agree that based on images posted to BugGuide, this is a male Common Whitetail, and the scientific name is
Plathemis lydia.  In the future, you do not need to reduce the image size when you submit images as we can handle accepting large digital files.

Thanks!
I’ll be sure to send the full unmodified file next time, hopefully something more noteworthy.  BTW I just today got a slow fly-by from a healthy sized cicada killer wasp, first sighting of the season.  Bless them for helping dampen the racket we’re having right now.
Which reminds me, you kindly posted my item on 06/16/06:
http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2006/06/16/cicada-killer-8/
but I noticed that your link to my goofy little movie was malformed and so it doesn’t work.  The file is still there on my server, the location is:
http://www.jrj3.com/arthropods/ckwasp.mpg
I thought it was unusual in that it showed the wasp returning to the exact same palm frond several times within about 15 secs.  I thought, protecting nest and/or mate probably.
Best,
James

My, you have been reading our site for a long time James.  We will correct the posting problems and post the new link to your video on the Cicada Killer page.  The behavior in the video is that of a male defending his territory.  Males will stake out good nesting places in the hope of attracting a mate and the males will buzz anything that enters the territory, but since only the females sting, the behavior of the male Cicada Killer poses no threat to humans.  Females which are capable of stinging are quite docile and we have yet to get a substantiated report of a person being stung by a Cicada Killer.

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Subject: Ebony Jewelwing
Location: Short Hills Provincial Park, Thorold, Ontario
July 14, 2015 4:52 am
Hi WTB!
…  It was a very colourful day for bugs, as you can see — I was also able to see many Ebony Jewelwings, and they exhibited a similar range of colours. Some were a lighter aquamarine colour, and some, like the last picture provided, were more of an indigo colour.
Anyway, I love your site, and hope you enjoy these pictures even if you don’t post them. Thank you for the great service you provide :)
Signature: Brad

Ebony Jewelwing

Ebony Jewelwing

Dear Brad,
Thanks for sending us a beautiful image of a gorgeous male Ebony Jewelwing, a species of Damselfly

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Subject: What is this?!
Location: Shenandoah Valley – Virginia
July 1, 2015 6:50 am
Bug found in river tank (keeping/growing fish) — no idea what it is!? Some type of stink bug maybe??
Signature: officially creeped out!

Dragonfly Naiad

Dragonfly Naiad

Dear officially creeped out!,
There is nothing to be creeped out about.  This is the Naiad or larva of a Dragonfly.  The Naiads are aquatic, and they eventually mature and metamorphose into winged Dragonflies. 

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Subject: Mating Damselflies?
Location: Coryell County, Texas
May 14, 2015 6:26 pm
Hello again,
Are these are mating Damselflies? They were close to the front door, on a Japanese Boxwood shrub. I see that you have several examples of mating damselflies on your website, but I thought the heart was so fascinating.
Today was warm with scattered rain, around 83 degrees when the photo was taken.
Thank you so much!
Signature: Ellen

Mating Damselflies

Mating Damselflies

Hi Ellen,
You are correct.  These are mating Damselflies and your image is lovely.  We will attempt to identify the genus or species when we have more time.

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Subject: Weird bug in tank
Location: Karnse county, TX
May 2, 2015 2:18 pm
I found this bug in a tank at my house and was wondering what kind its
Signature: thanks

Dragonfly Naiad and Tadpoles

Dragonfly Naiad and Tadpoles

This is an aquatic Dragonfly Nymph, known as a Naiad, an aquatic predator that may eat your small Tadpoles.

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