A Frosted Memory!

Temperatures this morning are expected in the 30’s and there are “frost warnings” out for rural areas not far from my rural Missouri home. With these warnings in place, I vividly recall a similar situation a few years ago, when I hiked a frosted prairie and found my little friend, “Frosty”: When I first came […]

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Dressed in Less Red

In yesterday’s post (“Dressed in Red”), I featured the very red coloration of the male Half-banded Toper dragonfly (Sympetrum semicinctum). In today’s post, I’m featuring what I believe to be is the female of this species; if I’m incorrect, please let me know. Here are a couple of my favorite images: Not real sure if […]

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Dressed in Red

While driving the Sherburne NWR (east-central Minnesota), I ran across a lot of these beauties that were perched/flying around the prairie grasses and wildflowers. I’m not sure of the ID, but they look like male Half-banded Toper dragonflies (Sympetrum semicinctum); if anyone knows for sure what these are, please let me know. Here are a […]

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Male Eastern Pondhawks

A short time ago, I published a blog post with images of female Eastern Pondhawk dragonflies. During my recent kayak outing, I found lots of Eastern Pondhawks … and all were males! Males are identified as their abdomens change colors from the green of the female and juvenile males, to a beautiful blue color. This […]

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Female Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly

When I walked onto my front porch to photograph the Jerusalem Artichoke wildflowers that I featured in yesterday’s post, several species of dragonflies and damselflies flew up. After photographing the wildflowers, I managed to capture a couple of images of a female Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly: The Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) is a medium-sized dragonfly, about […]

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Fun Friday: Banded Pennant

During my recent wildflower photography in the meadow near my home in rural Missouri, I ran across a dragonfly species that I rarely see here, the Banded Pennant (Celithemus fasciata): Researching this species, I found that this is a female, as the brown/black abdomen (with yellow spots) indicates. The male, of which I haven’t found […]

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Eastern Pondhawk

While photographing wildflowers a couple of mornings ago, I ran across an interesting dragonfly, the Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis). I’ve also seen reference to these dragonflies as Green Clearwings. First, here are a few images I captured in my wildflower garden (on Gray-headed Coneflowers), then I’ll follow up with a few interesting facts about these […]

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A Dew-covered Start

A short break from my recent road trip, while I keep busy downloading images and editing them :o) Yesterday morning, I made a trip to the nearby natural prairie to see what has changed since my last visit, almost 5 weeks ago. As I started my hike across the prairie, I saw this cute little […]

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Fun Friday: Dragonfly Gymnastics

Today’s Fun Friday post features a lovable Low-flying Amber-wing dragonflies that have been busy on the prairie meadow. I featured some images of this little guy once before, but this pose gave me a chuckle when I captured his “gymnastics handstand”, and I just had to feature it in a Fun Friday post: My posts […]

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Green Darner

While hiking the prairie this past week, we saw a couple of Green Darners (Anax junius) that were in the upper prairie meadow. The Green Darner is also know as “Snake Doctor”, or “Darning Needle”: Their normal habitat is near slow streams and ponds. On this prairie, there is a small pond, but it is […]

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