Odonata – Dragonflies and Damselflies

The moist days bring the dragonflies out as all of their small insect prey hatches. I see quite a few of them on walks now. Particularly along the mangroves. Here are a few shots from the last few days. The first is a straight on portrait of one of the more patient ones.
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Now, a couple more of the same species.
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These shots are of one called a Carolina Saddlebags because of the color patches at the base of the wings. I usually see these perched very high in the brush but, the low cut mangroves along the seawall in Ponce Park made it possible to get closer.
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And now, a couple of damselflies. These are smaller than the dragonfly and usually a bit more skittish. You can tell them apart by the eye placement too. The damselfly has it’s eyes on the sides of the head while the Dragonfly has them on the front and they are nearly joined.
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About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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2 Responses to Odonata – Dragonflies and Damselflies

  1. elleturner4 says:

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful photos 🙂

  2. Phil Lanoue says:

    Those are outstanding! What a face on that guy in the first one!

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