Have you ever seen a leopard spotted dragonfly? Scouting for wildlife photos at Lake Seminole Park in Florida last week, I noticed a whole swarm of dragonflies darting about.
Hoping to capture a shot of a pretty red or blue one, or maybe a metallic green one to add to my portfolio on line, I stepped closer to the edge of the lake, mindful of those alligator warning signs posted all around Lake Seminole.
Although I thread carefully those dragonflies wouldn't let me get close enough for a good shot, but I prevailed and just look what I found:
Intrigued, I had to look it up on line,
it's called a Halloween Pennant - genus celithemis/eponima.
A weird name for such
a beautiful, golden amber shimmering creature.
It looked like a spotted leopard in flight and at first I thought it might be a butterfly.
(see my best shots in my photo gallery here on gather)
While I was hunting for dragonfly information I came across this cool sitewww.dragonfly-site.comand was surprised to learn that dragonflies are quite the predators. They can put a serious dent in the mosquito population, fly up to 36 mph, sideways and backwards too and have great eyesight - 360 degrees and 30,000 lenses to our one lens. No wonder I can never get close.
I couldn't identify this one - a roly poly short fat body, it didn't quite match anything I saw on line. I'm guessing it belongs into the family of dragonflies called libellula or perhaps it is a damselfly or a skimmer - do you know?
who can resist the beauty of such a fragile looking creature?
This is the only one I managed to get an extra two feet closer to.
Yup - he was checking me out and I was thrilled to score a shot of him grinning at me with his teeth showing and what looks like a blue tongue.
(see that shot at my gather photo gallery - posted yesterday).
By the way - if you have kids to entertain and educate - check out the cool dragonfly coloring pages here at www.dragonfly-site.com
I also liked their easy to understand information, clear, but not boring.
Thanks for looking and
coming along on another one of
my Florida Nature Photo Tours!
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