Streamside Dragon

For your entomological enjoyment, I offer two views of a large and lovely dragonfly we found today. We were unfamiliar with this particular species and were delighted to add it to our odonate list.

Cordulegaster obliqua, Arrowhead Spiketail -- this one was quite fresh and hadn't completely dried after emerging from its nymphal skin. It was about 3 inches long.

Here's a close-up view of its head and thorax.


SquirrleyMojo said...

Honestly, the top pic almost brought a tear to my eye . . . I miss believing in fairies . . . what an ache.

Heather said...

I just wandered through some of your photos and I love 'em! Thanks for posting. After a lovely rain just now, I wandered around our backyard trying to catch some interesting glistening leaves, dandelions, and water droplets, but I'm not sure I quite did them justice.

I LOVE dragonflies!

And thanks for your note on Anvilcloud's blog. Glad to hear others are found of dandelions too :-)

Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Check out those perfect little arrow shapes down the tail.

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Dragonflies rock!