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Blue Dashers at Contra Loma

May 27th, 2014

After a mild and dry winter, summer has finally arrived.  I’ve been out looking for dragonflies a couple of times, but hadn’t had any luck with taking photos. There have been a few flitting about, but never enough staying in one place long enough to get some shots. It was 95F, so this trip to Contra Loma Reservoir was also a great chance to test my hot weather gear. The new vest worked well and I’m ready for vacation.

There were a few Black Saddlebags, a Flame Skimmer and some Green Darners, but only the Bluets and some Blue Dashers stayed around to photos. I had my first sighting of an 8 Spotted Skimmer, but didn’t get any good photos. Bluets are tiny damselflies and 3 or 4 species all look very similar. I hate Bluets – they are easy to get a picture of but they are not that photogenic and they hard to identify. I’m including a shot of a teneral one that was just out of reach and trio that posed nicely.

 

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