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Subject: Weird bug
Location: Bowlong Green Kentucky
September 15, 2014 8:10 pm
This huge bug kept trying to fly into my window. It was green and yellow with 4 wings. It looked kind of like a dragon fly mixed with a horse fly. I only got a couple pictures while it landed. I really want to know what it is.
Signature: Hunter Austin

Green Darner

Green Darner

Dear Hunter,
This is an exciting posting for us.  This is a Dragonfly known as a Green Darner.  They are strong fliers and they migrate, and we seem to recall reading somewhere that they are sometimes attracted to lights at night, which causes us to speculate if they might also travel by night.
  Opinicon Natural History has a page entitled Observations of Dragonflies Visiting Lights at Night where it states:  “Dragonflies (order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera) and normally diurnal. However some dragonflies are active by night. This is particularly true of long distance migrants that travel over open water where they cannot roost so must continue to fly even after dark ….  Reports of nocturnal adult dragonfly activity appear to be relatively scarce, especially with regard to North American species.”

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Subject: Moth/dragonfly/horsefly
Location: Owasso, OK (outside Tulsa)
September 11, 2014 8:10 am
Can you tell me what kind of bug this is? It looks like a cross between a moth/dragonfly/horsefly. Thanks!
Signature: Meagan

Saddlebags Dragonfly

Saddlebags Dragonfly

Hi Meagan,
This Saddlebags Dragonfly in the genus
 Tramea appears to be missing its abdomen.

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Subject: dragonfly
Location: Dewey Lake Prestonsburg, Kentucky
September 6, 2014 7:49 am
I recently camped at Dewey lake in eastern Kentucky and got this picture you might like.
Signature: Paul Morris

Damselfly

Damselfly

Hi Paul,
This is actually a Damselfly, and not a Dragonfly.  Both are in the same insect order Odonata, but the wings of Dragonflies lie flat while resting and the wings of Damselflies are held folded over the body.

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Subject: Dragonfly Bug Love <3
Location: Clifton, Va
August 31, 2014 7:01 am
Found this amorous pair in Hemlock Park- Clifton, Va
Signature: Katie from Manassas

Mating Dragonflies

Mating Dragonflies

Hi Katie,
We believe your mating Dragonflies are Tiger Spiketails,
Cordulegaster erronea, based on this image from BugGuide and the distribution range.

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Subject: Dragonfly ID
Location: Butler, PA
August 13, 2014 7:14 am
I found this dragonfly at Jennings Environmental Education Center in Butler county, PA. Having trouble finding it in the books. Best I can come up with is Black Meadowhawk, a young one.
Thanks,
Signature: Glenn

Skimmer Dragonfly, but which species???

Skimmer Dragonfly, but which species???

Dear Glenn,
We cannot say for certain that your identification of a Black Meadowhawk is correct, however your individual does look very similar to this female Black Meadowhawk,
Sympetrum danae, that is posted on BugGuide.  We do believe you have the family Libellulidae, the Skimmers correct.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide some information.

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Subject: North Frontenac Park in Ontario Canada
Location: Ontario Canada
August 10, 2014 10:46 am
Hello,
I was hoping you could identify this bug for me.
I’ve tried finding it online myself and havent seen anything like it except for bed bugs which are tiny and this thing was quite large. 2 inches? Maybe.
Signature: T.Jones

Dragonhunter Naiad

Dragonhunter Naiad

Dear T. Jones,
We fully understand your confusion that this insect resembles an enormous Bed Bug, and we imagine that must have given you the creeps.  This appears to be the exuvia of a Dragonhunter naiad,
Hagenius brevistylus, the shed exoskeleton of a species of Dragonfly, and this is a ventral view which you may compare to this image on BugGuide.

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