xeni at May 16th, 2014 13:00 — #1
enkidoodler at May 16th, 2014 13:28 — #2
Looks like one of my favorite critters ever: the dragonfly. Amazingly beautiful creatures. They look like living jewels. You can often see them around riparian habitats.
kmoser at May 16th, 2014 13:31 — #3
Unidentified? That's clearly Bob!
brettewg at May 16th, 2014 13:34 — #4
Damselfly. (Well, damselfly or dragon fly--can't tell for sure without a photo of it completely at rest. Dragon fly will rest with wings straight out, damselfly will eventually fold them back flat along body.)
horsepunchkid at May 16th, 2014 15:14 — #5
I think damselflies' eyes are more stalk-like. This is definitely a dragonfly, maybe some kind of skimmer or darner. I couldn't make a better guess without a wider shot and a location.
peterk at May 16th, 2014 15:37 — #6
IIRC dameselflies always fold their wings when at rest. Dragonflies spread them out in a cruciform configuration. Dragonflies also tend to look a bit more robust, at least where I come from.
bzmaclachlan at May 16th, 2014 17:10 — #7
Definitely dragonfly. Damselflies, as mentioned, have wings with thin bases. More than that, their front and back wings are approximately the same shape. Dragonflies, on the other hand, have rear wings with relatively broad bases. I didn't immediately find a identification key to the Odonata (dragonflies and damsel flies) in a quick web search, but from what I recall, most of the identification is from wing venation. I think the first photograph might be nearly enough to use a key.
pjcamp at May 17th, 2014 00:34 — #8
jethozo at May 17th, 2014 04:57 — #9
Hello, Photographer here. Uncertain myself the exact nature of Bob, but judging from your comments I'd agree with the Dragonfly diagnosis. He kept his wings spread at rest the entire time. He did fly into the extractor fan in our kitchen though, so he was a little stunned. Not sure his actions could be trusted. Thanks for checking out my work!
mrtut at May 17th, 2014 15:14 — #10
xeni at May 21st, 2014 13:00 — #11
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