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Today’s Bugs

There was a lot of insect activity today.  Loads of butterflies, although nothing I haven’t already seen for the year.  Lots of odonates, also.  But along with the “good” bugs were a bunch I wasn’t so fond of.  Mosquitoes and … Continue reading

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Looking for Lunch

Saturday I saw this bluet, Enallagma species, looking for tiny morsals of living insects to eat.  It would hoover in place, then approach a stem and bite at what it saw. This is a spectacularly beautiful damselfly.

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Self Portrait with Bug

I took this photo a few days ago.  Damselflies are always tough to identify.  This one is a teneral, meaning it has emerged from its aquatic stage fairly recently and has not reached its full adult coloration.  At this stage … Continue reading

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The Southern Spreadwing

Dragonflies belong in the order Odonata.  In that group there are two main groups, the Anisoptera or dragonflies and the Zygoptera, or damselflies.  There is actually a third small group called the Anisozygoptera and is represented by two species found … Continue reading

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The Iowa Red Damsel

This is a red damsel.  There are apparently two recognized species, the eastern red damsel, Amphiagrion saucium, and the western red damsel, A. abbreviatum.  According to the Iowa Dragonflies and Damselflies web site, the ones found in Iowa are intermediate between the two.  … Continue reading

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A Damselfly

I saw this damselfly yesterday, eating a small fly. Since the spines on the tibia are longer than the spaces between them we know it is dancer, and not some other group. Damselflies and dragonflies develop their spectacular colors over … Continue reading

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Fleas have fleas

This is a photo I took the other day of a damselfly.  I think it is a female bluet–Engallama sp.  I have not identified the prey item–I think it is a planthopper of some type. This damsel has a number … Continue reading

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