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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Odonata ID

Calling all odonataphiles- I think this is a Lance-tipped Darner in its green form, but according to my Dragonflies Through Binoculars guide, there are some potentially similar dragons to rule out. Anyone know for sure? I photographed the critter last weekend at Barr Lake State Park, Northeast of Denver. Whatever it is, I really like the intricate patterning and green coloration theme that this dragonfly has. While we're at it, I have a few unknown damselfly pics from of late, too. Both were at Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat in Boulder. Seems like there are a few regional guides to these for parts of the country, but none that really cover Colorado well. I found a great web site that probably has them (Odonata Central), but quite honestly I haven't had the time to look through it all. I guess I should buckle down and print all of the damsel pics they have there so I can compile a makeshift guide to flip through when I find unknown damsels. Anyway- here they are. Proves that you don't have to know what they are to enjoy them, but if anyone knows, leave a comment. Thanks!

1 comment:

Mike Hendrickson said...

Bill:

How about a Shadow Darner?

Mike H
Duluth

PS: When are you coming this way?