Tag Archives: Dragonfly

Needham’s Skimmer

This Needham’s Skimmer was perched close to the ground and out of the breeze, a nice fit for using the Tamron 180mm macro lens.

Needham’s Skimmer
Needham’s Skimmer

The angle and background worked well to pick up the orange tones.

Needham’s Skimmer
Needham’s Skimmer

He didn’t move far between these shots, trying out some different perches almost like a model.

Needham’s Skimmer
Needham’s Skimmer

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 14, 2022

Common Baskettail Above My Head

There were a lot of these Baskettails zooming over a dike between two ponds, presumably feeding.

Common Baskettail
Common Baskettail

This reed stalk was the highest vegetation around with the top coveted perch well above my head.

Common Baskettail
Common Baskettail

Backlit by the sun, you can see numerous tears in the wings.

Common Baskettail
Common Baskettail

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 14, 2022

 

Four-spotted Pennants on Chinese Tallow

Chinese Tallow, also known as Popcorn Tree, is an  invasive species that crowds out native vegetation and is notoriously hard to get rid of. These trees have been treated but you can see from the sprouting vegetation are not dead.

Four-spotted Pennants on Chinese Tallow
Four-spotted Pennants on Chinese Tallow

These dragonflies found the “popcorn” seeds to be good perches.

Four-spotted Pennants on Chinese Tallow
Four-spotted Pennants on Chinese Tallow
Four-spotted Pennants on Chinese Tallow
Four-spotted Pennants on Chinese Tallow

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
September 19, 2022

Dragonfly on Pokeweed

I almost deleted this image then saw the antennae sticking out from the stem below the dragonfly.

Dragonfly on Pokeweed
Dragonfly on Pokeweed, With Grasshopper Photobomber

The dragonfly shifted to another branch right after I took the first image, giving me a little better view.

Dragonfly on Pokeweed
Dragonfly on Pokeweed

And then one more time, this time choosing a leaf as his perch.

Dragonfly on Pokeweed
Dragonfly on Pokeweed

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
August 27, 2022

 

Backyard Blue Dasher

Yesterday afternoon we had a multiple dragonfly visitors in our backyard, after seeing very few all summer.

Blue Dasher Dragonfly
Blue Dasher Dragonfly, hibiscus stem, Vinca in the background

I’m pretty sure this is a Blue Dasher, even though it was quite small, about 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) long.

Blue Dasher Dragonfly
Blue Dasher Dragonfly on dried hibiscus stem

This individual tried out several of the dried stems in my patio pots.

Blue Dasher Dragonfly
Blue Dasher Dragonfly on dried bergamot flower

Blue Dasher

September 14, 2022