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June 29, 2013 / Rae Spencer

Dragonfly Season

Blue Dasher Male June 27

A wave of dragonflies arrived this week, washed into the yard by the rising tides of summer’s heat.

Blue Dasher June 28

Blue Dashers are by far the most numerous, claiming spots near the ground in all of the iris beds.

Blue Dasher June 28

Blue Dasher June 29

Great Blue Skimmers seem to prefer the slightly higher perches provided by our trellises.

Dragonfly June 27

Higher yet, in the wax myrtle canopy, Halloween Pennants pivot in the wind like miniature weather vanes.

Halloween Pennant June 28

(At first glance, the next dragonfly seemed to be another Halloween Pennant, but the camera’s zoom function revealed inconsistent wing patterns. After consulting a few online resources, I believe this is either a female Common Whitetail or a Twelve-Spotted Skimmer. Please comment if you can correct or confirm my identifications!) [Update added June 30: Possibly a Painted Skimmer, see comment from Gillian.]

Dragonfly June 29

These new dragonflies join an already-established population of Eastern Pondhawks, which began arriving in late May.

Eastern Pondhawk June 29

Eastern Pondhawk June 29

Now, no matter where I look in the yard, I find dragonflies. Summer wouldn’t feel the same without them.


  1. Gillian / Jun 29 2013 9:59 PM

    Hi Rae, it’s not a Common Whitetail or a Twelve-spotted Skimmer….those have brown patches in the wings, not orange. My best guess is Painted Skimmer, but I’ve never seen one and don’t know if they are in your area.

    Hope this helps!

  2. jeanryan1 / Jun 30 2013 8:06 AM

    Thank you for bringing me up close and personal with this lovely creatures. Great photos.

  3. timelesslady / Jun 30 2013 9:08 AM

    Stunning photographs. I am beginning to see dragonflies flitting about my small pond in New Jersey.

  4. Angela / Jun 30 2013 11:45 AM

    Gorgeous, Rae. The colors are spectacular. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

  5. Random Acts of Writing / Jul 1 2013 4:42 PM

    Stunning photos!

  6. lynnwyvill / Jul 1 2013 6:12 PM

    Amazing photos! Thanks!

  7. timelesslady / Jul 27 2013 8:48 PM

    Terrific photographs of dragonflies. My grandmother lived in Hampton. When my father was boy they lived in Newport News. I spent many summers playing in the back yard of her Omera Place home. I’m glad you’re writing again. I love to write, I love to paint, and right now I am not doing much of either. Soon…when the grandchildren are older. I spend a lot of time watching them right now. Kathy

  8. Women of Wise / Aug 28 2013 11:31 PM

    Vivid colors, great pics!

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