Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Dragonflies, Damselflies, and Mayflies

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jmorth
Jul 6, 2012 12:33 AM CST
Ebony Jewelwing - a damselfly
Thumb of 2012-07-06/jmorth/1c2fadmale Thumb of 2012-07-06/jmorth/72fc6d femaleThumb of 2012-07-06/jmorth/2ffe31 Note the heart shaped conjoining at mating time.
Damselflies consume mosquitoes, houseflies, and some aphids.

Mayflies along the Mississippi River
Thumb of 2012-07-06/jmorth/36da6aon our Explorer Thumb of 2012-07-06/jmorth/056c9d inside the Explorer
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Once adulthood attained, mayflies live about a day. At that point they've but one purpose, mate; and then, they die.
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jmorth
Jul 11, 2012 4:18 AM CST
DragonflyThumb of 2012-07-11/jmorth/fabfa4
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LindaTX8
Jul 11, 2012 12:23 PM CST
Ooh, that's really great pics! I don't see the damselflies much, because because it's so dry around here. But we do have dragonflies on occasion. That one looks pretty, with that blue abdomen!
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jmorth
Jul 14, 2012 2:59 PM CST
Thumb of 2012-07-14/jmorth/2d4027 Dragonfly
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critterologist
Jul 14, 2012 10:27 PM CST
Great capture -- and on that gorgeous rock, too!
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LindaTX8
Jul 14, 2012 11:09 PM CST
Perfect way to show a dragonfly!
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jmorth
Jul 15, 2012 12:29 PM CST
Another dragon on rock - Thumb of 2012-07-15/jmorth/81080a Thumb of 2012-07-15/jmorth/cfa5a5
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jmorth
Jul 19, 2012 6:30 PM CST
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jmorth
Jul 26, 2012 2:48 PM CST
new dragonfly Thumb of 2012-07-26/jmorth/47aa90
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jmorth
Jul 27, 2012 6:07 AM CST
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critterologist
Jul 27, 2012 4:03 PM CST
Those are remarkable photos! Dragonflies are so quick... I have lots of "almost" photos of them, and I bet you do too, LOL.

I did finally catch this one sitting still for a moment by a path at Catoctin Zoo... and the other one, another friend created for me! :-)

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jmorth
Jul 27, 2012 11:33 PM CST
Jill, good catch at the zoo. Cool artwork (glass?).
Dragons are fast and 'skittery', but if approached slowly may continue to rest undisturbed allowing close range photo op. Another relevant observation is that, when 'skittery', they zoom away but often return to the same spot abandoned. They seem to like to rest on rocks, fences, and old stalks (at least in my garden).
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LindaTX8
Jul 28, 2012 9:09 AM CST
Dragonflies are great! We've got some pics of them on the Gardening for Wildlife Forum too. I was so excited to see a red one after a long time without seeing them!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Critter (Jill)
MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Jul 29, 2012 6:54 PM CST
Actually, that decorative little guy is made from polymer clay, with powdered "pearl" pigment dusted on him before baking & glazing. You can do a technique with polymer clay that's very much like the millifiori (sp?) glass canes... cut slices from the cane and get gorgeous swirls or intricate patterns. Needless to say, Joyanna and I have some of those shiny pigment powders in our polymer clay box now.
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris.
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jmorth
Aug 5, 2012 3:32 PM CST
and Lacewings...
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Thumb of 2012-08-05/jmorth/cb9d45 Thumb of 2012-08-05/jmorth/45c916< middle of pic
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jmorth
Aug 8, 2012 5:09 PM CST
and mosquitoes Thumb of 2012-08-08/jmorth/8e6b28mosquito and antsThumb of 2012-08-08/jmorth/d03675matingThumb of 2012-08-08/jmorth/64c94call on Nicotiana
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Aug 14, 2012 3:53 PM CST
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jmorth
Aug 15, 2012 7:14 AM CST
nice head on dragon pic; well, actually their both nice captures
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plantladylin
Aug 20, 2012 5:24 PM CST
Dragonflies ... at least I think they're all Dragonflies. Smiling
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jmorth
Aug 20, 2012 6:02 PM CST
Very nice. The last one is actually a Damselfly.
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