Dragonfly Days of Summer

Plathemis lydiaMale Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia). Very distinctive. Here’s another view of another:Plathemis lydiaThe tail is slightly bluish, actually. Great example of pruinosity, the waxy bloom (can be blue, gray, or white) on mature odonates, especially males.

Dragonfly season is upon us. During this weekend wanderings in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Green-Wood Cemetery, and Woodlawn Cemetery, I saw Blue Dashers, Eastern Amberwings, Green Darners, Black Saddlebags, Carolina Saddlebags, and the three species pictured here.Libellula pulchellaTwelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella) male.Arigomphus villosipesAlways exciting to see something I don’t recognize. A male Unicorn Clubtail (Arigomphus villosipes). Check out those cerci at the end of the tail. “Typically mud-bottomed lakes and ponds” says Paulson on this species’ habitat, which is right on: various carp were splashing in the murk of Woodlawn Lake.

1 Response to “Dragonfly Days of Summer”


  1. 1 meadowmice July 1, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Nice job catching these little guys!


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