Hello everyone and welcome back to Darting Dragonflies! These amazing acrobats of the insect world that are found in so many different colors, shapes and sizes. Plus they are very beneficial to have around, especially if you want to sit outside in the evening and there are a lot of flies or mosquitoes around, then these dragonflies are a welcome visitor to have show up. Many times they will arrive in groups of 3 or 4 or even a dozen or more. I have sat outside in the evening and looked up to watch literally dozens of these dragonflies going back and forth in every possible direction looking for something to eat. And they can change direction in a fraction of a second any time they want. It is really quite something to watch them and knowing that because of them I can sit comfortably on my deck without having to worry about any pests around.
Here we have the white faced meadowhawk, a very common little dragonfly around here. I showed this one before but was unnamed at the time. These are around all summer from June to October. They get to be about 1 1/2 inches (39mm) in length. They like to live around ponds, marshes, lakes, streams or just about any wet area. The above pic is the male and the female is below.
And then we have a relative of these two, the autumn meadowhawk with a picture of the female below.
This meadowhawk likes basically the same habitat as the other but also enjoys being in a more wooded habitat as well. It is active later into fall than other meadowhawks. Oddly I never did see any males around, but saw numerous females.
Well, that is all for our look at dragonflies this week, I hope you enjoyed another view of these fascinating insects and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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