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Water bug of the Waccamaw River
Location:  South Carolina, America
August 19, 2010 9:17 am
Hello, My girlfriend and I found this bug in the water while kayaking the Waccamaw River, SC USA. It was in May of this year. The bug didn’t move very much even after we took it out of the water, after we took his picture we set him back in the water:)

Dragonfly Naiad

Hi Sean,
This is an immature Dragonfly.  Like many aquatic nymphs, the immature Dragonfly is also called a Naiad.

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Location:  Lake Wilderness, Maple Valley, WA
August 17, 2010 8:00 pm
What kind of bug is this? It looks like it is half dragonfly, half butterfly with blue and black markings.
Lake Lover

Eight Spotted Skimmer

Dear Lake Lover,
Many Dragonflies have beautiful coloration and markings, including this Eight Spotted Skimmer,
Libellula forensis.  BugGuide notes this bit of trivia:  “Years ago many children refered to this as the ‘Six-spot’, and counted the basal spots as two crossing the thorax, instead of four separate spots. The same went for the then ‘Ten-spot’, which most recent books have switched to calling the ‘Twelve-spotted Skimmer’. The “Six-spot” name doesn’t seem to appear in any books, but was likely rationalized from comparison with the ‘Ten-spot’ that was to be found in many books. Back then, Libellula forensis didn’t seem to have an established published common name yet.”

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Eastern Pondhawk
Location:  Lexington NC
August 15, 2010 10:44 pm
This Eastern Pondhawk came to say HI today.

Eastern Pondhawk

Hi again Rick,
Thanks for taking the time to identify your Eastern Pondhawk,
Erythemis simplicicollis.  Your image matches the photos posted to BugGuide.  We are not certain if your specimen is a female or a young male that has not yet assumed his true blue adult coloration.

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Possibly Ophiogomphus bison?
Location:  Living Prairie Museum, Winnipeg, Canada
August 13, 2010 12:51 am
Took this pic while visiting Winnipeg’s Living Prairie Museum in June 2008. Just now getting around (tsk tsk) to finishing labeling and filing the pics. I think I located this dragonfly on BugGuide as the Bison Snaketail (Ophiogomphus bison) but would like your take on it to make sure. Also that name did not come up when I did a search on your site so if it is, perhaps you’d like a picture of one.
Cheers, Dee

Dragonfly may be Pale Snaketail

Hi Dee,
BugGuide lists the range of the Bison Snaketail as California and Oregon only, so we don’t believe that is your species.  Exact Dragonfly identification is difficult for us.  We believe you have the genus correct.  BugGuide lists the range of the Pale Snaketail,
Ophiogomphus severus, as including nearby Saskatchewan, so we believe that is a better candidate.

Hello again, Daniel.  Okay, this time I think we are much closer on a proper ID of the photo I submitted on 12 Aug (I reattached the same pic).  Looking at pics of the Pale Snaketail, it just didn’t have the right coloration.  I have seen several Gomphus which are in that geographic range and look very similar.  Wondering if there is ever so much variation to account for the difference I see in my pic and those online of Midland Clubtail (Gomphus fraternus manitobanus) because I believe they are not supposed to have the yellow spot on the last large segment of tail, like the Plains Clubtail (Gomphus externus).  The Plains seem really yellow compared to mine, but perhaps there is variation by age/location?  Someone posted a pic of what looks like an identical insect to BugGuide Hoping someone with knowledge of these Manitoban insects can enlighten us all.  At any rate, I don’t believe my pic is of either Pale or a Bison Snaketail, now. Thanks, Dee

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Location:  Bismarck, North Dakota
August 7, 2010 2:53 am
I looked through your photos of dragonflies. Took time to read some of the letters and replies. Such an interesting group of creatures. I may have missed it, but don’t recall seeing this type of dragonfly. I photographed it in my garden last year. It was patiently resting while I ran back inside to grab my camera. This was such a pretty color combination. Just thought I’d share since the photos turned out so well.

Mosaic Darner

Hi again Doreen,
This Mosaic Darner in the genus
Aeshna is quite the beauty.  You can see the numerous species in the genus posted to BugGuide.

Mosaic Darner

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Saddle Bag Dragonfly
Location:  North Middle Tennessee
August 2, 2010 10:04 am
Good Morning Daniel,
This fellow was trapped between the screen and window this morning. (hole in screen) I did a double take when I saw it, the transparent part of the wings didn’t show. I ran for the camera to get a shot of the very unusual bug. With a closer look I knew it was a dragonfly, never noticed one like this before but I have seen photos of it. It was so tired from trying to escape its entrapment it just sat on a piece of cardbord for photos. After a bit of a rest he flew into a nearby tree. Thank you for everything and have a wonderful day.

Black Saddlebags

Hi Richard,
We were going through mail from earlier in the week to see if we had missed any interesting requests, and we found your email.  We believe this is a Black Saddlebags,
Tramea lacerata.

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