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Subject:  Flame Darner Oviposits
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
July 8, 2017 11:30 AM
About a week ago, we watched a male Flame Darner patrolling our dilapidated fountain, but by the time we got the camera, he was gone.  Today we watched a female Flame Darner flying and dipping her abdomen into the water, and we were successful in getting a few poor quality images of her laying eggs in the same fountain.  There are never any Mosquito Larvae in the fountain, so we have concluded that there must be some predator eating them.  Dragonfly larvae are just the type of predator that would help control the Mosquito larvae.

Flame Darner Ovipositing

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Subject: Bug ID please
Location: Maine
July 4, 2017 2:59 pm
This beetle was near a pond here in Maine.
The little white lines are actually on the back of the beetle. It was in a flower garden Any ID and info please.
Signature: Debi G.


Dear Debi,
This Dragonfly Naiad appears to be a species known as the Dragonhunter.  We cannot tell from your image if this is actually a Dragonhunter Naiad or if it is the cast off exoskeleton or exuvia of a Dragonhunter.  Immature Dragonflies are aquatic nymphs known as naiads, and that is why the pond is significant.  Once they are ready to metamorphose into adults, the naiad leaves the water and molts for the final time, leaving behind the exuvia and flying off as a winged adult.

Thank you for your info. This was an actual bug walking, about 2-3inches in length. I had just never seen this exact type before. Looked odd with the bumps on the back and the little white lines. Thanks again for the reply.


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Subject: Michigan Upper Peninsula
Location: Steuben, MI
July 4, 2017 3:19 pmWe were fishing in the Western Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and found several exoskeletons of this bug. We found almost all of them on cedar trees near the edges of freshwater lakes. We found the in Late June. We didn’t see any live bugs. I’m in my late 30s and have lived in Michigan my whole life and have never seen this bug before. I took a photo of one husk next to a quarter. It is attached. Any ideas?
Signature: Mich. Fisherman

Dragonfly Exuvia

Dear Mich. Fisherman,
This is the exuvia or cast off exoskeleton of a Dragonfly.  Its shape is similar to that of a Dragonhunter nymph, so we believe the species is
Hagenius brevistylus.  The aquatic nymphs of Dragonflies, known as naiads, leave the water and molt for the final time, emerging as winged adults.

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Subject: Flame Skimmer
Location: NE Heights, Albuquerque NM
July 1, 2017 3:17 pm
Found this guy on a tomato tower in my garden this morning. He was kind enough to sit still long enough for me to run and get my camera.
Signature: J. C. Hunter

Flame Skimmer

Dear J.C. Hunter,
We are very happy to post your beautiful image of a male Flame Skimmer.  They are described on BugGuide as:  “males bright orange with amber color in the wings covering half the width of the wing, out to the nodus, and all the way to the rear of the hind wing.”  Several weeks ago we missed the opportunity to capture an image of one that was perched on a dried twig near our fountain (currently containing water but in need of a new motor) because it flew when we returned with the camera.  Our offices in Los Angeles overlook a natural portion of the LA River, though it is about a mile away.  Neon Skimmers and/or Flame Skimmers are the only Dragonflies we regularly see in our hilltop location. 

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Subject: Dragonfly
Location: Gloucester VA
June 26, 2017 12:05 am
A Dragonfly I saw in my yard, pretty big, several inches across, probably about four inches wide. There are so many similar dragonflies that I cannot tell.
Signature: Kitsune

Female Widow Skimmer

Dear Kitsune,
We have matched your image to an image of a female Widow Skimmer,
Libellula luctuosa, on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Most commonly found at lakes and ponds, sometimes at streams, and sometimes well away from water.”  According to Overton Park Conservancy:  “Finally, the widow skimmer is a dragonfly that sometimes joins the large feeding swarms, but often stops to perch in the grass or on plants rather than flying continuously.  They’re named for the bands of brown-to-black markings on their wings.  Males have an extra wing of white coloring outside the black lines.  Their graceful flight is very much like a butterfly’s.”

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Subject: Dragonfly
Location: Northwest PA
June 17, 2017 11:05 am
I want to call this a Common Green Darner but just doesn’t seem right.
Signature: Glenn

Springtime Darner

Hi Glenn,
While this is a Darner, it is not a Green Darner.  We believe this is a Mosaic Darner in the genus
Aeshna based on BugGuide images, but alas, we do not have the confidence to provide a species identification.  Perhaps one of our readers who is more skilled at Dragonfly identifications will write in with a comment to identify the species.

Correction:  June 22, 2017
After posting, we received a comment from Richard indicating this is a Springtime Darner.  Here is a similar BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Males have brown thorax with two relatively straight yellow lateral thoracic stripes. Eyes generally blue. Abdomen spotted with blue. Female similar but abdominal spots may be blue or green.”

Springtime looks good based on some of the other pictures I see there.

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