Dragonfly Under Lichen Covered Branch

Dragonfly on Underside of Branch

This rather large dragonfly was looking for a spot to land and finally settled on this pretty lichen covered branch. In the first image he was hanging on to a bit of Spanish Moss.

Dragonfly Under Lichen Covered Branch
Dragonfly Under Lichen Covered Branch

He then got a better grip on the branch and stayed put. I did not see any insects for him to prey on. It was almost 100 F (37 C) and I wondered if he was looking for some shade. I don’t know what is going on with his tail–it looks like some plant debris was hitching a ride.

Dragonfly Under Lichen Covered Branch
Dragonfly Under Lichen Covered Branch

05/29/2019

2 thoughts on “Dragonfly on Underside of Branch”

  1. Beautiful shots, Ellen, of a Swamp Darner dragonfly, one of the largest dragonflies in the US. I think it is a female and, if so, females deposit their eggs into the soft wood of often rotting wood by jabbing the tip of their abdomens (the “tail”) into the wood, which might account for the debris that you observed. For more info on the Swamp Darner, here’s a link to one of my favorite websites on dragonflies. http://dragonfliesnva.com/My%20Documents/KevinPDF/pdf/identify/species/SwampDarner-FINAL.pdf

    1. Thanks, Mike, and thank you for the ID. I don’t remember seeing this one before, at least to ID those green body stripes. Ah, that makes sense about the egg laying and debris. And perhaps the period of resting. Thanks also for the link—what a great resource!

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