Dragonflies: eyes and a face

Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis). Boca Raton, FL, May 7, 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 Les yeux sans visage, which was adapted to the big screen back in 1962 and featured serial murders, a doctor’s daughter in [...] [...]

When dragonflies don’t…


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 [...] [...]

A really bad day for a Regal Darner


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 [...] [...]

Blue Dasher bonanza [updated Feb 2012]


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: [...] [...]

A darner from a couple of years ago: Gynacantha nervosa

A two-year-old mystery has come closer to being solved, thanks to the friendly folks at 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 [...] [...]

A dragonfly in the oak tree

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 [...] [...]

Fay's creatures

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 [...] [...]