Male Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans).Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) male.Forewings of female Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella). I found this with a little bit of thorax exoskeleton a few blocks from home. Extremely lightweight, and prone to blowing away in a weak breeze.Some magnification. Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata) female. Hindwings are especially wide on this species.
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Tags: Brooklyn, dragonflies, insects, invertebrates
Tags: Brooklyn, damselflies, insects, invertebrates
A male Eastern Forktail (Ischnura verticalis) showing off the characteristic and unique solid green shoulder markings and blue on segments 8 and 9. An inch long; you really have to get close to see the jewel-llike details. And, oh, look, an exuvia I didn’t even notice in the background when I took this picture.
Tags: birding, birds, Brooklyn, Green-Wood
This female Fragile Forktail (Ischnura posita) has captured a just-emerged damselfly of unknown species. She is eating it, as these serious inch-long predators will do. The teneral damselfly, meaning one that has just emerged from the exuvia, is ghostly pale; its exoskeleton has not yet hardened and it’s coloring/patterning has not developed. This is when adult damselflies are at their most vulnerable. The husk or exuvia of the aquatic larval stage of the damsel is on the underside of the twig. Here’s another exuvia. The larva or nymphs crawl out of the water, grasp onto something, and shazam! And here’s a teneral. I think it’s a Fragile Forktail. It looks like a mayfly in weak, fluttery flight.
Tags: Brooklyn, damselflies, insects, invertebrates, Staten Island