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a flying bug of some kind
Location: tacoma, washington, USA
January 21, 2011 6:06 pm
hi bugman, i have a photo of a bug that i have tentatively identified as Plathemis lydia or possibly Libellula pulchella but i’m not sure. i see a lot of blue-eyed darners around, but this is a new one that i’ve not seen before.
Signature: przxqgl

Twelve Spot Skimmer

Dear przxqgl,
We agree with your first choice,
Plathemis lydia, the Common Whitetail.  According to BugGuide:  “Males and females have different wing patterns.  Immature males have the same body pattern as females but the same wing pattern as mature males.  ‘tween’ males have abdomens that are beginning to turn blue, but the adolescent body pattern still shows through the blue.  Mature males have a short, stout abdomen that is completely chalky blue-white covering the adolescent pattern.  Females have a short, stout abdomen with several oblique dorsolateral white or pale yellow markings against a brown ground color; each wing has three black evenly-spaced blotches.“  Because of the pictures and descriptions on BugGuide, we would say you have photographed an immature male Common Whitetail.

Correction from a Comment
This is a mature male Libellula pulchella. Twelve-spotted skimmer. 3 dark spots with 2 white patches between is a positive id.

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Strange Visitor-Fuschia Colored Dragonfly
Location: Panamá (the country). The photos were taken in Arraijan, a mountain-like area
January 17, 2011 4:18 am
Hi! I read all dragonfly posts I could find but couldn’t identify this dragonfly. We have a rain drain in the back that’s quite like a pond in some places and we get dragonflies (honey colored small ) and damselflies(bluets, mostly) but this one came in one day out of nowhere, in the afternoon. It was quite big, with a striking fuschia tone. The color was so bright it caught my atention 10 meters away. I couldn’t get any closer to it because it sat on the other side of the drain, but if you could try to identify it, I would be very grateful. I’m trying to find out if this strange visitor is natural to the country in which I live.
Signature: Thanks, Lilith

Carmine Skimmer we believe

Hi Lilith,
We believe this may be a Carmine Skimmer,
Orthemis discolor.  According to BugGuide, the range is:  “Central Texas, west into Arizona, south through Central America” and it may be identified because of its coloring which is  “Brilliant pink, sometimes purplish, sometimes more red, with bright red eyes and face. Face and eyes typically as brightly colored or brighter than the body; compare to Roseate Skimmer, in which the eyes and face are usually darker than the body.“  That physical description fits the individual in your photograph.

Thank you so much fo the ID.. from what your description says about range, it makes me think a storm brought it close to where I live, because although in summer
it becomes a bit desertic, he/she came in rainy season …

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Bug identification.
Location: Diggins, Missouri, under water in a pond.
November 18, 2010 1:39 pm
I was fishing a little while back and caught a rock with a little bug that was living in/on it under the water. It stayed on the rock and didn’t really seem to notice I was holding it, I just ended up taking a picture and putting him back, it looks like a bedbug, I’m having a hard time trying to figure out what it was, it’s ”bugging” me. If you could solve this mystery for me it’d be very appreciated.
Signature: Brad McBandycars

Naiad on a Hook

Hi Brad McBandycars,
You hooked a Naiad, a talent that Ulysses would admire.  A Naiad is the aquatic nymph of a flying insect that is usually associated with water. Your Naiad is a young Dragonfly.  If the Naiads of Dragonflies are similar to other larvae, they probably undergo 5 molts before becoming adults.  The molts are stages known as instars and the adult is called the Imago.  We cannot identify the species of Dragonfly you have hooked.

Unknown Dragonfly Naiad

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Eastern Pondhawk, we think
Location: Amherstview, Ontario
November 15, 2010 9:16 pm
We found this beautiful dragonfly on our apartment outside wall. We have never seen a dragonfly this big before. We thought you could use another picture for your website.
Signature: big fans of What’s That Bug, Tyler (9 yrs) and Brennen (7 yrs)

Green Darner

Dear Tyler and Brennen,
Thanks so much for sending us your Dragonfly photos, but this is not an Eastern Pondhawk.  It is a Green Darner which you can verify by comparing your photo to images posted to BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, the Green Darner,
Anax junius:  “Females oviposit in aquatic vegetation, eggs laid beneath the water surface. Larvae probably take several years to mature. Mature larva crawls up an emergent plant before adult emerges. Adults migrate north in Spring, these do breed in Canada. In the Fall the adults may form swarms and migrate south.

Thank you so much, you made my children’s day!

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Strange bug

Exuvia of a Dragonfly Naiad

Strange bug
Location: Singapore
November 11, 2010 11:29 pm
Dear Mr Bug Man,
I have sent in a previous request but was not sure if it went through. I apologize if this is a duplicate. I live in the tropical island of Singapore. I was strolling around the nature reserve photographing flowers and came across this bug. I didn’t think much about it until I saw it’s head which was mammal like. I thought it was a cicada of sorts but the head really threw me off. Would appreciate if you could help me identify this insect.
Thanks
Signature: Wei

Exuvia of a Dragonfly Naiad

Hi Wei,
We are really running late for work, and we want to post your letter without doing any research except to link to a page with a photo of an adult Peanut Headed Bug,
Fulgora laternaria, because we cannot imagine that this is anything else.  We will research this later.  In the meantime, perhaps one of our readers will have some contribution.

Exuvia of a Dragonfly Naiad

Ed. Note: Thanks to our readership who looked at this more closely than we did when we posted it.  Several readers pointed out that this is the exuvia of a Dragonfly Naiad.

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for the reply especially with your busy schedule. I did go through a rather extensive search through the web and found nothing that even closely resembling this insect. I did come across the peanut headed bug but the detailed description does not fit too closely. As per the close up photos I sent to you it almost seems like the head has some sort of jaw almost like a cow skull. Perhaps it is something only found in this region. Am really curious.

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Hi again…
I don’t usually shoot bugs (frogs are my primary prey — but dragons and damsels hang around the frog pond and so are fair game).  Your “Bug Love” link reminded me that I have two dragon/damsel X-rated photos that might be of interest… although I realize that everyone shoots pictures of these photogenic guys. If there are any pictures in my small dragonfly collection that would be of interest, please feel free to grab them or ask for better resolution.  The only question I have … is it surprising to see a red dragonfly mating with a blue one?  (It’s the 5th picture down on the page… I’m tempted to give it the politically-flavored title “Red meets Blue”).
The “Damsel fly Valentine” is further down the page … the typical heart-shaped union.
Regards,
Suzanne
Dragon/damsel page is at:
http://frog-shots.com/Dragonflies.html

Whitefaced Meadowhawks Mating

Hi Suzanne,
You did not indicate a location for this photograph, so we are guessing it is also Westford Massachusetts, the location given for your Robin photograph.  Many Dragonflies exhibit sexual dimorphism, where the males and females appear quite different, even to the extent that they do not look like the same species.  We believe this mating pair are Whtiefaced Meadowhawks,
Sympetrum obtrusum.  BugGuide has a photo of a mating pair for comparison purposes.

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