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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Dragonflies and Damselflies - so intricate, so beautiful! John Sperry photographed a Common Whitetail Dragonfly

I am fascinated by Dragonflies and Damselflies. When you view them up close you can see their intricate designs and sparkling colors - they are living jewels. These insects have six legs, like all other insects, but they can't walk well. But, boy, are they fast fliers! They are found near water and are beneficial in that they eat mosquitoes, flies and other small insects. How can you tell the male and female apart? The Dragonfly holds his wings out perpendicular to his body when at rest. The Damselfly holds her wings together just above her body. If you can get close enough, the males eyes touch, while the females eyes are apart.

John Sperry photographed a Common Whitetail Dragonfly and has kindly allowed me to share it with you.

And if you'd like to see a Flame Skimmer, click on the link below.

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