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Weird Mutant Dragonfly Hybrid in NC?
Location: Central North Carolina
April 10, 2012 5:04 pm
Dear Bugman,
Please identify this weird mutant dragonfly insect i found laying in my driveway in central NC. Thanks!
Signature: K.King

Decapitated Dragonfly

Dear K.King,
This is a Dragonfly, and though it is not a mutant, it has been decapitated.  We have posted a photo in the past of a decapitated Dragonfly, and the culprit was a European Hornet.

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just wondering
Location: Vero Beach, FL
February 27, 2012 6:17 pm
I was down in florida last year and I got lucky and saw a few different kinds of things that no one that lived there knew what they were so I found your site and thought it would be cool to know what they were… I just kept running across interesting insects,etc..
Signature: Brandy Kay

Scarlet Skimmer

Dear Brandy,
WE believe your Dragonfly is a Scarlet Skimmer,
Crocothemis servilia.  According to BugGuide, the Scarlet Skimmer is a:  “Native from southern Japan and China to northern Australia. Introduced accidentally to south Florida and to Oahu, Hawai’i” and “In the US, typically uses low-quality wetlands, either artificially constructed or highly degraded, where low dissolved oxygen, introduced fish, or other alterations make the habitat unsuitable for sensitive native species.”  Your spider is an Orchard Spider and the beetle is an Eyed Elater

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Moth Identification
Location: Oshkosh, WI
February 25, 2012 11:00 pm
Just wanted to say that I am a huge fan and addicted to the website. I’m not a big bug person, I prefer reptiles myself, but as bugs tend to be just as misunderstood I sincerely appreciate the work you do in educating the general public. I have here two mysteries I’d be very thankful if you helped to solve. The first is a picture I took while at work. I work at a large factory, which, unfortunately, is an uninhabitable place in hotter months unless the bay doors are open. This means that creatures often find themselves indoors without a way to get back out again. I fear this dragonfly was one of those creatures, and he was dead while still stuck to the wall. I have been unable to identify him: he is very dusty and I fear this may be a case of Unnecessary Carnage due to him not being discovered and saved sooner. Any ideas?
Later that same night, which was a very strange night full of oversized bugs, I heard my cat freaking out at our sliding glass window. Opening it, I was delighted to see such a huge moth, as I never get the honor. After watching it for a while, I was dismayed at how lethargic it seemed, on such a warm night. I didn’t want this to be another case of a beautiful bug living its last moments in my hands, so I put it somewhere more comfortable and turned off my porch light. In the morning it had gone, and I do not know whether it had reached the end of its life or moved on to better things. I prefer to believe the latter. I /think/ that it may be a Polyphemus Moth but for whatever reason could not find a photo with markings that were exactly what I’d witnessed. Do moths have much variation in color and pattern within the same species? Thanks in advance for any information~!
Pictures are taken in summer, Central Wisconsin. Apologies for the quality.
Signature: Jen

Polyphemus Moth

Dear Jen,
Indeed your moth is a Polyphemus Moth, and she is a lovely specimen.  Polyphemus Moths make scrumptious morsels for many nocturnal predators including skunks, racoons and bats.  We doubt the bats would be discouraged by the Polyphemus Moth’s defense mechanism, to mimic the cyclops Polyphemus when disturbed.  The Polyphemus Moth often rests with its lower wings covered.  Upon being poked, it will quickly reveal one oculus and appear to have been wakened from a sound sleep by an annoyance.  When the second eye is revealed, destroying the cyclopian illusion, the entire illusory head of the imagined threat of a human sized head 
could scare a racoon or skunk, or maybe not, but it does work on birds.  We will attempt to identify your Dragonfly later.  Our first thought or guess would be a female Green Darner.


You guys are great. Thanks so much. Very neat story about the origin of the name, I’m pretty amused by it!

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Dragonfly in Central Florida
Location: Central Florida
February 6, 2012 11:28 am
I found this dragonfly (two photos of two different dragonflies that I believe are the same species) in Central Florida. I believe at least one is from Orlando Wetlands Park, just East of Orlando.
Signature: Scott

Unknown Dragonfly

Dear Scott,
The past two mornings we have looked at your lovely photographs and alas, since we needed to get to work, we hadn’t the time to attempt an identification.  Long work hours have prohibited us from doing the research in the evenings.  We have decided to just post your letter and photographs as an unidentified Dragonfly in the hopes one of our readers can take the time to identify the species.  Dragonflies pose a particular challenge for our unscientifically trained staff.

Unknown Dragonfly


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Location: Missouri River – Nebraska City, NE
February 1, 2012 4:46 pm
I took this photo on July 2nd, 2011 in Nebraska City, NE. the Missouri River was flooded and the dragonflies grew huge.
it was about 2” long and had a 4” wingspan.
any idea what species it is?
Signature: Jake

Widow Skimmer, we believe

Hi Jake,
We often have a great deal of difficulty with the identification of Dragonflies to the species level, but we will do our best.  We believe this closely resembles a Widow Skimmer,
Libellula luctuosa, which we found pictured on BugGuide.  The description on BugGuide is:  “Mature males have a large basal area of brown on each of the four wings, and each wing also has a whitish area roughly at the middle. Their brown bodies become increasingly pruinose (whitish) as they get older.  Females and immature males have the same brown wing bands as the mature males, but not the whitish areas. Wings usually have a brown tip. A dorsal view of the abdomen shows a brown band at center with a yellow stripe running along each side.”  Since there are no white patches on the wings, we suspect this is most likely a female or an immature male.

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Location: Dearborn, Michigan
January 24, 2012 7:20 pm
I just thought you’d enjoy my interpretation of a Green Darner in quilling. Really enjoy WTB.
Signature: cathyort

Quilled Green Darner

Hi cathyort,
Thanks so much for sending us an example of your insect inspired art.  We are inspired to create a new Bug Art category and we have to search our archive for a few other examples of sculpture and tattoos we have received over the years to include there.  Daniel also makes insect inspired quilts in his free time.  Perhaps he will post some examples.

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