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Libellula vibransMale Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans).Plathemis lydiaCommon Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) male.Libellula pulchellaForewings 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.Libellula pulchellaSome magnification. Tramea lacerataBlack Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata) female. Hindwings are especially wide on this species.

Pigeon on a wall


Eastern Forktail

Ischnura verticalisA 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.

Robin Spotty Breast

Turdus migratoriusLate brood young American Robin. The binomial Turdus migratorius may raise an eyebrow, but Turdus is just the Latin for “thrush.”

Not So Fragile Forktail

Ischnura positaThis 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. exuvia2The husk or exuvia of the aquatic larval stage of the damsel is on the underside of the twig. exuviaHere’s another exuvia. The larva or nymphs crawl out of the water, grasp onto something, and shazam! teneralAnd here’s a teneral. I think it’s a Fragile Forktail. It looks like a mayfly in weak, fluttery flight.

Fragile Forktails

Ischnura positaA mature female Ischnura posita. Ischnura positaAn immature female. Inch-long damsels, these. Eat more mosquitos, ladies!

Ischnura positaA mature male. The exclamation mark on the shoulder is tell-tale for this species, but it can fade with age.


Tyrannus tyrannusAn Eastern Kingbird in Green-Wood. Flying insect eaters, Kingbirds will bank and swerve like crazy while attempting to get at bugs making evasive maneuvers. Tyrannus tyrannusHere’s a big bee who didn’t escape.


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