Darting Dragonflies #5.

Hello everyone and welcome back to our look at some of the most interesting insects we have around!  At least I think so anyway.  I just never realized how many different varieties of dragonflies we had.  And, some of the dragonflies found up here in the north can be found all over the North American continent and even in other parts of the world.  That is really fascinating.IMG_5604 

The dragonfly above is the white-tail skimmer, a fairly large and easy to spot dragonfly. This one is the male, the female is more brown and generally looks quite different than the male.  The male has a whitish powder on it’s abdomen called “pruinosity”.  They can be found all over the continent and prefer quiet water such as ponds, lakes and marshes.  The female lays the eggs in water and the hatching juveniles are called naiads.  They will live anywhere from a few months to years before coming out as full adults.  These dragonflies prefer small insects feeding mainly on mosquitoes and gnats.IMG_7872

And next week we will take a closer look at the above dragonfly variety.

And, as mentioned previously, many of our dragonfly species migrate to warmer places in the fall in large groups called “swarms”.  That means that they will soon be coming back for another summer of flying about and fascinating us with their acrobatics and dazzling colors.  I hope you have enjoyed this week’s look at fascinating dragonflies.  I hope your week is great and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

© 2020 Steve McLeod.

30 Comments on “Darting Dragonflies #5.

    • But they have such a cute little smile on their face. I never noticed that before until it was pointed out to me. They do have a scary look overall though. Maybe that’s why they are called dragon flies.😃😺🐉✈

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  1. Love the insects! They sure are fascinating!!!! Have a nice day steve and muffin and insects!!!!!!!!

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    • We are enjoying a beautiful sunny morning and it’s going to warm up so nicely,🌞🌞😎 the birds are busy and noisily singing,🐦 one of my chipmunks is chipping,😺🐿 Muffin is napping,😸😻 so so nice!!!🤸‍♂️🤸‍♂️🤸‍♂️ I hope you are getting used to your new home days.🤔😳 Write, write, write.🤪😜✍✍ Eat, sleep and exercise.🏋️‍♂️🏋️‍♂️🧗‍♂️🚶‍♂️🏃‍♂️🕺🍔🍟🍞🥞🥗🌮🥙🥪😴😴😴 Not necessarily in that order.🤪😜😄😸

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      • You won’t beleive I’m doing exactly the de thing, eat, sleep, workout sleep again and write in between 🤓. It is fun. I’ll make use of these homedays for sure. It’s good to read about spring. Is the sun shine started and all ice melted? Stay safe and stay warm ✨☺️👌

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      • The ice is gone from the driveway so I can walk safely out there now, it’s very nice to get back to walking again. I’m still taking it slow, but hopefully by next week the snow should be gone and I can start on my path again. I probably won’t go all the way to the river yet though. Just slow and easy.😃😺🌞🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️🌳🌲

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      • Just slow and easy Steve, No hurry. If you required take your car for some distance and start your walk. it’s okay to be slow Steve, we can just enjoy more when we are slow ☺️ Have a beautiful day ✨💐

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      • No need for a car, my path is just across the street from where I live. Just walk through a treed area for a short distance and there is the path. Hardly anyone knows about it which is nice.😁🌳🌲🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️🌞

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      • That was super nice. That means you have a secret passage or a way of your own 😍 Now I get it, where you get the Inspiration ☺️🐱 Enjoy the Walk Steve✨💐

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      • Yep, that’s what does it! But I won’t try it until the snow is all gone, I’m not taking chances right now! But outside I go now for my walk. Talk again later. And you need to get some sleep!😃😺😂😴

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