• Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis genera). Boca Raton, FL, October 3, 2014.

    Monthly inventory

    By / October 30, 2014

    October is a month of transition here in south Florida. The wet days of the rainy season start to taper off, giving way to the first few cooling breaths of our short-lived autumn, eventually to be followed by the drier and steadier days of our wintertime dry season (which usually arrives around November). That doesn’t… Read more

  • Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis). Boca Raton, FL, May 7, 2013.

    Dragonflies: eyes and a face

    By / May 11, 2013

    Those of you who grew up in the 1980s might remember Billy Idol’s rock ballad “Eyes Without a Face.” It’s a catchy little song that owes its title to Jean Redon’s grisly horror novel┬áLes yeux sans visage, which was adapted to the big screen back in 1962 and featured serial murders, a doctor’s daughter in… Read more

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    When dragonflies don’t…

    By / November 3, 2012

    fly, that is. This morning when Eric and I went outside to plant some basil (yes, November is the start of herb-growing season here in south Florida), we noticed a dragonfly on the wall of the house that wasn’t moving very much. One of its wings was at an odd angle: On closer inspection, it… Read more

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    A really bad day for a Regal Darner

    By / September 11, 2012

    Think you’re having a bad day? At least you’re not upside down in a swimming pool: This dragonfly, with the noble name Regal Darner (Coryphaeschna ingens), was still beating its wings, so I scooped it out of the pool and put it on the deck, where it appeared rather bedraggled. It was disoriented and appeared… Read more

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    Blue Dasher bonanza [updated Feb 2012]

    By / October 1, 2010

    It was a lot of fun sitting out back proofreading this morning. The humidity is down, so the temperature, while “the same” according to the thermometer as it was before T.S. Nicole/T.D. 16 blew through, is a lot more livable. (It’s starting to feel like fall; the typical way it arrives here in south Florida:… Read more

  • A darner from a couple of years ago: Gynacantha nervosa

    By / September 8, 2010

    A two-year-old mystery has come closer to being solved, thanks to the friendly folks at bugguide.net. You see, back when Tropical Storm Fay blew into town on August 18, 2008, a large dragonfly took shelter on our porch: It is long and slender-bodied, almost like a knitting or darning needle. I can recall that it… Read more

  • A dragonfly in the oak tree

    By / September 7, 2010

    I think everyone likes to learn things. I know I do. Last week when I spotted a dragonfly perched in the oak tree out front, I grabbed my camera and binoculars to investigate a bit further. Perched Dragonflies are Much Easier to Identify than Flying Dragonflies. There are 169 species records in Florida now, but… Read more

  • Fay’s creatures

    By / August 21, 2008

    Well, Tropical Storm Fay has left south Florida, although apparently it’s STILL not done with the state, stalled out somewhere near Jacksonville. Our home rain gauge showed 4.5 inches on Monday, and a little over 3 inches on Tuesday, but only .16 yesterday, and none at all (as far as I know) today. But what… Read more

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