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Subject: Daniel – One of Your Favorites!
Location: Hawthorne, CA
January 23, 2014 12:22 pm
Hi Daniel,
We are happy to hear you enjoyed the photos of the Monarch Butterfly eclosion. It did delay my culinary diversion just a bit, as I went out to witness the event when Marty stuck his head in the door to tell me it had begun! It’s worth it, though. It’s not the first we’ve witnessed but it never gets old.
Yesterday this beautiful little dragonfly patiently sat for a photo session. I know dragonfly identification isn’t one of your favorite pastimes, but am hoping that maybe you’ve seen and id’d one of these in past.
Signature: Thanks, Anna Carreon

Variegated Meadowhawk

Variegated Meadowhawk

Hi Anna,
We actually identified what we believe to be a female Variegated Meadowhawk several hours ago, but chores around the house superseded creating a new posting.  You can compare your individual to the images posted to BugGuide here and here.

Probably Female Variegated Meadowhawk

Probably Female Variegated Meadowhawk

Closeup of a Variegated Meadowhawk

Closeup of a Variegated Meadowhawk

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Subject: Damselfly
Location: mumbai
December 28, 2013 11:06 am
Hey there once again!
we get to see a lot of damselflies and i was able to identify golden dartlets and eastern forktails however this fellow remains unidentified.
Probably still immature
Signature: Sid

Damselfly

Damselfly

Subject: damselflies
Location: navi mumbai
December 28, 2013 11:10 am
Its dragon fly and damselfly season. i thought it would be cool to post photos of some commonly found damsels.
golden dartlets and eastern forktails are the most common ones here
Signature: Sid

Golden Dartlet

Golden Dartlet

Hi Sid,
Thanks for sending your lovely Damselfly images.  We have combined your two emails into one posting since they can both be categorized as Damselflies.  They are a great addition to our site.  We do have a request.  One submission was listed as Mumbai and the other as Navi Mumbai.  Can you please clarify the difference in the locations if any.

Eastern Forktail

Eastern Forktail

 

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Subject: florida bug
Location: south florida
December 26, 2013 8:34 pm
What is it?
Signature: mary

Dragonfly with missing abdomen

Green Darner with missing abdomen

Hi Mary,
Some predator, probably a bird, caught this Dragonfly and ate the abdomen, leaving the less palatable head, wings and legs for you to find.  Your Dragonfly is a Green Darner,
Anax junius, and you can read up more on this species on BugGuide where it states:  “Adults are strong flyers and may be found anywhere but are more common near larval habitat: still marshy waters, fresh and slightly brackish.”  

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Subject: Dragonfly
Location: Indiana
October 15, 2013 7:50 am
We found this cool dragonfly in our garden and wondered what kind it was. He held still long enough for me to get a cool picture. Thanks.
Signature: Marie

Dragonfly

Female Widow Skimmer

Hi Marie,
This really is a beautiful Dragonfly photo.  We are much too tired to try to identify it tonight, so we are posting it.  Perhaps one of our readers will supply an identification comment before we awake.  Well, after posting, we decided to give it a try, and we found a match on BugGuide to a female Widow Skimmer,
Libellula luctuosa.

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Subject: Saddlebag Dragonfly
Location: Pasco County, Florida
October 5, 2013 4:52 am
This beauty was hanging out on the window screen early morning.
Signature: Jamie

Possibly Carolina Saddlebags

Possibly Carolina Saddlebags

Hi Jamie,
You are correct that this is a Saddlebags Dragonfly in the genus
Tramea, and we believe based on the photos posted to BugGuide, that it might be the Carolina Saddlebags, Tramea carolina.

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Subject: Dragonfly?
Location: St. Louis
September 17, 2013 8:00 am
I know you’re busy so I tried to figure this out without bugging you (hee hee) but I was unable to identify this thing. When I found this, it was dead so maybe it’s a dragonfly who’s abdomen exploded and dried up?
Signature: Teresa

Saddlebags Dragonfly

Saddlebags Dragonfly

Hi Teresa,
Because of the distinctive wing markings, your Dragonfly is one of the members of the genus
Tramea which are commonly called Saddlebags.  You can read more about Saddlebags on BugGuide.

Fantastic, thanks so much!

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