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spreadwing damselfly
Location: Andover, New Jersey
June 5, 2011 1:22 pm
This is my second spring photographing damselflies and dragonflies. I had never seen this species until this year: a spreadwing damselfly. This is in Kittatinny Valley State Park, which to me is the damselfly and dragonfly center of the world!
Signature: Jean LeBlanc

Spreadwing Damselfly

Hi Jean,
Thanks for sending us your photo.  According to BugGuide, the Spreadwing Damselflies are in the family Lestidae.

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Noone can recognize these…
Location: Southern NH. Pond
May 28, 2011 9:43 pm
I went swimming in a pond a few days ago and after our day was coming to an end, we started noticing these ugly bugs in the water. After paying attention there were quite a few of them. We collected some to take pictures but they didnt come out perfect. Do these bite? Cause they look like that have lil pinchers on the back end.
Signature: *CuriousInNH*

Dragonfly Naiads

Dear *CuriousInNH*,
Despite the poor quality of your image, it is easy to identify these Dragonfly Naiads.  Immature Dragonflies are aquatic predators.  We don’t believe they are capable of biting a human.

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Cannibalistic Dragonfly
Location: Bradenton, Florida
May 23, 2011 1:46 pm
Good Afternoon! Huge fan of your site, thank you so much! Spotted these dragonflies ”flying” together, it was only after I got close and heard the crunching and noticed that one was headless that I realized one was eating the other. Gross but cool photo – thought you might like to have it.
Signature: Linda Lamp

Dragonfly Cannibalism

Dear Linda,
Thank you so much for sending us your awesome images documenting Dragonfly cannibalism.  We must admit we are a bit challenged with Dragonfly species identification.  Perhaps our readership will be able to provide the names of the two individuals in this photo.  We believe the predator may be one of the Mosaic Darners in the genus
Aeshna (see BugGuide) and the prey may be a Skimmer.

Dragonfly Cannibalism

Update: May 24, 2011
We were in such a rush to get to work yesterday, we compiled this posting in a hurry, and in retrospect, we believe this second photo might make species identification easier as the wing veination is more evident.

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Location: Jacksonville FL
April 5, 2011 1:32 pm
Hello again Bugman!! Could you perhaps tell me if this is a dragonfly or maybe a damselfly? Very cool colors on it! I can’t tell you how much I love what you are doing here. I reference this website all the time! :}
Thanks for you continued efforts!
Signature: Dan

Damselfly: Rambur's Forktail

Hi Dan,
This is a Damselfly, not a Dragonfly.  We have to confess that trying to identify Damselflies to the species level is a challenge for us.  We believe this is a Narrow Winged Damselfly in the family Coenagrionidae and possibly one of the Bluets in the genus
Enallagma which is well represented on BugGuide.  The green coloration on the fore part of the body and the singly turquoise abdominal ring would seem to be distinguishing features, but we cannot seem to find a match on BugGuide.  We did find a matching image online, but it is not identified.  Perhaps one of our readers will eventually write in with a species identification.

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What is this alien creature?
Location: North Texas
March 29, 2011 10:54 pm
We, recently, bought a house with a pool and when we drained the pool, to clean it out, I noticed these creatures moving around in the shallow water (about 3 inches deep). There were about 5 of these creatures and I caught two of them to take pictures and ask around to see if anyone knew what they are, but nobody, that I asked, knew what they were.
I observed these creatures for awhile and noticed that they have 6 legs and they squirt water out their back ends to propell themselves through the water.
I took these pictures. If you know what they are, can you tell me what they are?
Signature: Scotti B.

Dragonfly Naiad

Hi Scotti,
This is the larva of a Dragonfly, and like many other aquatic nymphs, it is called a Naiad.  We hope they survived the pool cleaning.  You can transfer them to another container of water until they mature, or even better, release them in a local pond.

Thank you for finding out what kind of alien looking creature I found in my pool was. It turned out to be a Dragonfly Larva (Naiad). I had never seen one before and it had me stumped. And, by the way, they did survive the pool cleaning. I saved them all and I released them into a nearby pond and I hope to see them flying around this summer.
Thanks, again!
Scotti B.

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Dragonfly hunter
Location: Sydney Australia
March 9, 2011 11:57 pm
Dear bugman,can you please identify this
fearsome looking dragenfly hunter ,I found in my garden this morning?
King Regards
Signature: Katja

Robber Fly eats Dragonfly

Hi Katja,
The Robber Fly in your photo looks like an especially large specimen, and large Robber Flies are capable of snatching large flying prey on the wing.  They are formidable hunters.  We believe we have properly identified your Robber Fly as the Common Yellow Robber Fly,
Ommatius sp., by comparing your photos to those posted on the Insects of Brisbane website.

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