This weekend I participated in the Bugguide Gathering event at Ames, Iowa. I loved every minute of it.
We had a number of field trips to different areas. The only issue I had was that I was not able to go on all of them.
I stuck with some of the prairie field trips, and found myself admiring the many large dragonflies and the blue sky with bright clouds. At the Liska-Stanek prairie in Webster County I noticed the large common green darner, Anax junius.
I tried to get photos of the dragonfly against the beautiful blue sky. I tried some with prairie plants–mainly gray headed cone flower, in the foreground. I kind of like this picture–I had a lot that were worse. Unfortunately, I never quite got what I liked.
Moving on to the Brushy Creek Recreation area, I found a Halloween Pennant, Celithemis eponina, perched on a weed. I tried to get the best part of the sky in the background.
The insect allowed me to get closer, and I could get more of it in the picture.
I liked the results.
So many bugs, so little time.