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Saturday, June 25, 2011
Not a great photo. Dragonflies don't hold still very well. I'm pretty sure this is a female spangled skimmer, Libellula cyanea. Yes, that's "cyanea" as in blue. The males are blue, the girls get to be gold and black.
The other choice is a female golden-winged skimmer. Here's why I think it's the spangled one. 1. The range of the golden-winged doesn't really quite cover where I live. 2. The wings really look black, not at all golden. 3. There were blue dragonflies also in the same area, which might be the males, while the males of the golden-winged ones are red.
However, the spangled one should have both a black and a white spot on the leading edge of the wing. Maybe I can't see that because of the focus or the angle of the light.
Anyway, this gives me something to look forward to... a better picture of this handsome dragonfly.
I volunteered at the Michigan Energy Fair today, but didn't get to see the exhibits. I'll be there again tomorrow, and should get to actually see some interesting things, and bring you pictures.