Blue Dasher Dragonfly
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|I took this shot of a dragonfly in front of our house in Mystic, CT. The stalk, upon which the dragonfly is perching, is part of a Canterbury Bells bush. I usually take photos of birds or butterflies, so I am quite a neophyte when it comes to dragonflies. I searched the Web for information and images about dragonflies. I spotted a photo of a Tau Emerald (Hemicordulia tau) that looked similar. But, after I posted this, I saw many Tau Emerald photos that look completely different. Also, most of the ones I saw are in Australia, and none are in my area. So, I'll keep looking. Maybe, a dragonfly expert out there can help me out. It was about 2" long, with a slightly wider wingspan. The mesh on its wings is so intricate and delicate. All of the dragonflies that I've seen in our yard have four stigmata (plural of stigma), on the front edges of their wings -- perhaps, that's characteristic of dragonflies in general. I just used my little Canon A650 on this one, as I often do for macro shots. It seems to do a decent job -- provided that the photographer chooses the right vantage point and lighting.|
Gary Tyson identified this dragonfly as a female Blue Dasher. Thanks, Gary!
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