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July 10, 2012 / Rae Spencer

Rainy Respite

This moth took shelter on our porch as a morning thunderstorm growled through the area. After the storm calmed, a steady rain settled over the yard, lasting all afternoon. It was a pleasant, sleepy kind of rain, gradually washing away the weekend’s heat and dust. Washing away the weekend’s bees and dragonflies, too, for the moment.

I believe the first dragonfly is an Eastern Pondhawk, and the second a Great Blue Skimmer. I haven’t found a possible match for the first moth, but the second seems to be a Grape Leaffolder moth. (I’m gaining confidence with dragonflies, but I’m a complete beginner with moths. Please comment with confirmations or corrections!)


  1. jeaniemac100 / Jul 10 2012 8:57 PM

    Oh, loook at all of the friends you have in your yard, Rae!

    • Rae Spencer / Jul 10 2012 11:20 PM

      If I were a better photographer, I could get a picture of the dragonfly swarm that gathers in the yard near sunset every night. Sometimes there are a dozen, sometimes several dozen, zooming along at about knee or waist high. They follow us around, catching the little insects that get stirred up out of the grass as we walk…

  2. Sharon Poch / Jul 10 2012 9:58 PM

    Rae, you know I have a dragonfly obsession. The Great Blue Skimmer is one I’ve never seen. He’s (she?) is fascinating. Thanks for sharing the photo and your amazing fount of knowledge.

    • Rae Spencer / Jul 10 2012 11:03 PM

      I think it’s a female, and she’s a new species for me, too! I like being able to add “Great Blue Skimmer” to my list. (Except, if it’s not a Great Blue Skimmer…) 🙂

  3. Jeanette Gallagher / Jul 10 2012 11:48 PM

    I don’t know the types of dragonflies but did pause longer to view the Great Blue Skimmer because of the color which is striking! So enjoy all the gifts of nature you bring to us. Thank you, Rae.

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