D40 damsels

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These are a few captures I made over several days days playing in the marsh with the little camera. Lenses used were the Nikkor 300mm f/4 and the Sigma 150mm f/2.8, some handheld and some with a tripod.

This was my first season chasing dragonflies and I found it a most pleasant yet challenging practice. Learned quite a lot and should be able to produce better files next year.

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Very nice but many of those (the middle pictures with the folded wings parallel to the body) are damsels, not dragons. The last one is neither.

Please number images whenever posting more than three for easier reference.
 
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Nice shots

In fact all of them except the last one are damsels. The first one is a type of damsel called a spreadwing - they generally keep their wings open when perched. I believe the last beastie is an Ant lion - no relation to Odonata at all, but a nice find

Cheers,

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Thank you for the corrections, gentlemen. I've edited the title for accuracy and numbered the pictures for reference.

And ordering a field guide... :biggrin:
 
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Excellent work. Beautiful damselflies. #3 looks very interesting. I've never seen one like this. #4 and #5 looks a bit like our Ischnura species. I don't know what insect #6 is.
 
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Thank you for the corrections, gentlemen. I've edited the title for accuracy and numbered the pictures for reference.

And ordering a field guide... :biggrin:
The most useful one for you would be "Damselflies and Dragonflies of the west" by Dennis Paulson. It was published this spring. There might be a regional guide available for your state.

Larry
 
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Excellent work. Beautiful damselflies. #3 looks very interesting. I've never seen one like this. #4 and #5 looks a bit like our Ischnura species. I don't know what insect #6 is.
Thank you, Tojor. #3 is an interesting damsel and I've not found one since.

Larry called the last image correctly. Sharp fella!

The most useful one for you would be "Damselflies and Dragonflies of the west" by Dennis Paulson. It was published this spring. There might be a regional guide available for your state.

Larry
That's the guide I have ordered. I did find an older monograph that's out of print but I have my biblio friend on it. He specialises in herpetological literature but I'm sure he can find me a reprint.

And you're right on the last image being an adult ant lion - good call!

Great work!-very detailed
Thank you, Weston. I sure enjoyed chasing these aerial acrobats and I can certainly understand their popularity with photographers
 
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