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Subject:  Dragonfly
Geographic location of the bug:  Hanoi, Vietnam
Date: 05/09/2019
Your letter to the bugman:  I have just sent an ID request for an Italian dragonfly, and then recalled that I had still not been able to put a name to one I found in VN.  I could not get any info from people I knew there and couldn’t track it in the web either.
I would be very grateful if you could put me out of my misery. :-))
How you want your letter signed:  Fof

Dragonfly:  possibly Common Picturewing

Dear Fof,
We located a Dragonflies and Damselflies of Vietnam site, but we are currently out of the office, battling a very slow internet in Ohio, and we are frustrated with the organizational structure of the site, but you might be able to locate your individual by carefully scrutinizing the site.  We also located the Stamp Mall site where there is a beautiful set of 1977 Dragonfly stamps from Vietnam, and the seventh stamp appears similar to your individual, but we cannot read Vietnamese.

Update:  Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash, we agree this looks very similar to Rhyothemis variegata imperatrix.  According to iNaturalist, the species is known as the Common Picturewing.  Island.f3 has some images from Okinawa. also has some very good images.  Online images indicate this is a highly variable species that has varying degrees of transparency in the markings on its wings.

Subject:  WtFtB.?.?.!
Geographic location of the bug:  Near Glassell Park, Ca.
Date:  May 3, 2019
Time:  8:40am
Your letter to the bugman:  Howdy man of bugs, I need help identifying this underwater creature. I found it under in my fountain resting on algae as I was tending to my pot in the garden. I carefully removed it from the water and placed in a dry surface to try and take photos. Out of water it remained calm. I put it back in it’s place after taking photos.
Please help BugMan!
How you want your letter signed:  Underwater bug finder

Dragonfly Larva

Dear Underwater bug finder,
This is the larva of a Dragonfly.  It is an aquatic predator that will feed on insects and other creatures in your fountain.

Subject:  Dragonflies
Geographic location of the bug:  Hungary
Date: 03/05/2019
Time: 10:20 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I am giving a talk on Monday and would like to include the attached photographs but have been unable to identify the species as I have found most of the websites unhelpful.
You have been very helpful in the past and I would much appreciate your assistance.
How you want your letter signed:  William Smiton

Mating Dragonflies

Dear William,
Are you from Hungary or did you take these gorgeous images while on holiday?  Do you speak Hungarian?  Which sites did you not find helpful?  We did a web search for the order Odonata and Hungary and quickly found szitakotok, a site dedicated to Hungarian Dragonflies.  The site is difficult to navigate, and it loads slowly, but it seems quite comprehensive.  Did you check that site?


Your third image reminds us of the North American Common Whitetail, so we decided to see if there were any members on szitakotok from the genus Plathemis, but there are not.  Perhaps one of our readers who is adept at Dragonfly identification will provide input.  Perhaps if you have not yet checked szitakotok, you will have luck self-identifying.  Please let us know if you determine any identities.


I’m from Northern Ireland and took the photos on a birdwatching trip. I’ve tried various websites including the one you recommend but it doesn’t identify the dragonflies in the photographs. Daniel has been very helpful in the past so hope to hear from him.

Subject:  mystery Dragonfly
Geographic location of the bug:  Southwestern Ontario, Canada
Date: 12/10/2018
Time: 08:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Trying to get ID for this dragonfly
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Alison

Mosaic Darner

Dear Alison,
How unusual to see this magnificent Dragonfly and blossoms so late in the season in Ontario.  We can’t provide you with an exact species, but we believe this is one of the Mosaic Darners in the genus
Aeshna which is pictured on BugGuide.  Many species in the genus are quite similar looking.

Thank you!  I’m sorry that maybe I didn’t say that the photo was taken on Sept 12 ’18 .

Subject:  A great shot of Ditch Jewel Dragonfly
Geographic location of the bug:  Ranip, Ahmedabad City, Gujarat, India
Date: 10/17/2018
Time: 02:06 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi , great to notice a wonderful site like this. I have taken this wonderful snap of probable ” Ditch Jewel Dragonfly” at my home garden. I want you to confirm its species indetity. You can freely use it on your website.
How you want your letter signed:  SHDNEURO


We agree that this is a beautiful image of a Dragonfly, and based on images posted to Odonata of India, it might be a female Ditch Jewel,
Brachythemis contaminata.


Subject:  What kind of Dragonfly
Geographic location of the bug:  Mississauga, Ont. Canada
Date: 09/11/2018
Time: 04:55 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Just found out about your website this week……this photo was taken back in 2015 in my backyard……nobody I know has ever seen one before…..
How you want your letter signed:  GB

Green Darner

Dear GB,
As you can see from this BugGuide image, your Dragonfly is a Green Darner.  According to BugGuide:  “Thorax unmarked bright green in both sexes.”