Saturday, September 18, 2010


I believe this may be an Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly (Erythemis simplicicollis) photographed in east central Alabama. This is a common species all over Alabama.. It was checking out the swimming pool (mistake) and was rescued by a hand. Dragonflies typically live around water as their nymph stage is aquatic. They eat  other bugs, like mosquitos (hence the name mosquito hawk), flies, bees and ants. They have legs but are not able to really walk. They use their legs for perching. For me at least, dragonflies are difficult to photograph  because of the translucent nature of their wings.

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