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A Trip to Contra Loma Reservoir

October 14th, 2013

The local reservoir has been a great place to look for dragonflies. This trip brought me a couple of firsts.  I had my first sighting of Green Darner not in flight. These very large dragonflies spend most of their day on the wing, so static shots have been impossible. I found a teneral (recently hatched) male resting on a stalk. He was waiting for his wings to completely unfurl, so he had no choice but to pose for me.

Green Darner

Green Darner – Newly hatched. Notice that the wings are not fully unrolled

Green Darner

Green Darner

Green Darner

Green Darner. Shown with the exuvia (exoskeleton) that he emerged from.

A Variegated Meadowhawk was willing to stand around for a bit, but didn’t return to his perch once he took off, so I could not practice my take off and landing photos.

Variegated Meadowhawk

Variegated Meadowhawk – Male


 

Finally, a mating pair of Familiar Bluets were not too shy.

Familiar Bluets

Familiar Bluets

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