Dragonflies

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The eastern pondhawk (erythemis simplicicollis) is a dragonfly that can be found throughout the United States and Canada east of the Rockies. Look for them around ponds, lakes, ditches, and slow moving streams and rivers.

The slaty skimmer (libellula incesta) is a dragonfly that can be found throughout eastern North America. Look for them around ponds or slow moving streams or rivers with muddy bottoms, often near wooded areas.

The gray-green clubtail dragonfly (arigomphus pallidus) is a dragonfly that can be found throughout the southeastern United States. Look for them around streams, ponds and lakes with sandy bottoms.

Four-Spotted Pennant Dragonfly

This female four-spotted pennant dragonfly was found beside the Lake Apopka North Shore Wildlife Drive in Central Florida. It is part of a group of dragonflies referred to as tropical pennants and they can be found around sunny, shallow, sluggish waters, small ponds, marshes and ditches throughout the southern United States, as far west as Arizona and as far north as New Jersey..

The males are blue and the females are orange and they get darker with age.They each have a total of four spots, one on each wing about two thirds of the way to the end. On some the spots are very distinctive while on others they only seem like smudges.

Their favored perches are the ends of stems or branches.

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Beautiful Female

This beautiful female eastern pondhawk dragonfly was beside the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.

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Gray-green Clubtail Dragonfly

This gray-green clubtail dragonfly landed on the edge of the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.

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Female Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly

Female eastern pondhawk dragonfly (erythemis simplicicollis) at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, Florida.

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Clean Slate

A slaty skimmer dragonfly rests on a twig in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.

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Slaty Blue

A slaty skimmer dragonfly rests on a twig in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.

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Blue Slate

A slaty skimmer dragonfly rests on a twig in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.

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Slaty Skimmer

This male slaty skimmer was resting on a twig in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.

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Dragonfly In Flight

Dragonfly flying over the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park.

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Brachymesia Gravida

This female four-spotted pennant dragonfly (brachymesia gravida) was perched on a barbed wire fence beside a dirt road in western Polk County, Florida in mid August of 2016.

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Four-Spotted Pennant

This female four-spotted pennant dragonfly (brachymesia gravida) was perched on a barbed wire fence beside a dirt road in western Polk County, Florida in mid August of 2016.

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Brachymesia Gravida BW

This female four-spotted pennant dragonfly (brachymesia gravida) was perched on a barbed wire fence beside a dirt road in western Polk County, Florida in mid August of 2016. It is part of a group of dragonflies referred to as tropical pennants and they can be found around sunny, shallow, sluggish waters, small ponds, marshes and ditches throughout the southern United States, as far west as Arizona and as far north as New Jersey..

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