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#1 MWM

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 09:39 PM

I apologize for the non-bird post, but couldn't find any good on-line sites for dragonflies. Taken 6/5/12 in central New York state, any ideas?

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 09:45 PM

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 09:47 PM

Thanks! Had never noticed one like this before.

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 09:54 PM

You are welcome. I used the Audubon Insect guide app.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 03:59 AM

You might look at Bugguide.net -- their ID feature is pretty good for butterflies and dragonflies. With other groups you may be waiting quite a while.

And yes, I agree with Dot-tailed Whiteface.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 06:14 AM

Couldn't they have come up with a more descriptive name? :D
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 08:28 PM

Taken today in southern Vermont. First is a dragonfly and second maybe a damselfly? I've searched through images on bugguide.net but there are just too many when you don't know where to start.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 09:27 PM

The first one is a Clubtail dragonfly of some sort -- I'm not very good with those. You might try Bugguide.net.
The second one is an Aurora Damselfly.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 11:01 PM

Thanks, that gives me a place to start on the dragonfly!

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 06:53 PM

Also taken in southern Vermont, today. eta: I think I just identified it as a Slaty Skimmer (while trying to id the next one!).

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 07:31 PM

Wow I'm glad I checked this thread.

I saw this interesting dragon fly at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge on Long Island in New York on Friday.

Any one know what this one is?

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:01 PM

Okay, I believe you have an immature male Common Whitetail.

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 06:37 PM

Lutya -- your dragonfly looks like a female Chalk-fronted Corporal.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 04:46 PM

Seen in Orange County, NY last week.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 05:44 PM

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 07:21 PM

I think in the Off Topic forum, there won't be many of the experts chiming in. I've never seen some members quite familiar with dragonflies post anywhere other than the Identify forum.

One thing you could do, if possible, is create a new forum for not-bird IDs. Birdforum.net has a forum dedicated to dragonfly/butterfly identification.

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 07:36 PM

I still don't have an identification for this little gem but I'm leaning towards female Apache Dancer.

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Female Argia vivida Vivid Dancer. (thanks to psweet) I just found an exact match. LOL
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Posted 18 June 2012 - 11:58 PM

I think in the Off Topic forum, there won't be many of the experts chiming in. I've never seen some members quite familiar with dragonflies post anywhere other than the Identify forum.

One thing you could do, if possible, is create a new forum for not-bird IDs. Birdforum.net has a forum dedicated to dragonfly/butterfly identification.


Ditto this. A everything-but-birds ID category would be great.

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 05:15 PM

These were both taken yesterday in upstate NY. They seemed to be nibbling on a newly planted Serviceberry sapling.

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 05:19 PM

1. Female Eastern Pondhawk?
2. Blue Dasher

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