Monday, February 14, 2011

I Heart Damselflies

Are copulating damselflies the source of the stylized heart shape () that we’re all familiar with and drew on Valentine’s Day cards in grade school? Let’s see what we can do with this image of copulating Skimming Bluets (Enallagma geminatum) and you be the judge...

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Rubyspot Up Close and Personal

This is one of my favorite photos: A female American Rubyspot (Hetaerina americana) in the Umpqua Valley of Oregon. She was very cooperative, perching on very light river cobbles with more light cobbles in the background. This really allows us to get a look at the fine patterning and color transitions.

Female American Rubyspot (Hetaerina americana) on the South Fork Umpqua River, Oregon.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Zenithoptera: The Morpho of the Dragonflies

I’ve always intended to keep a primarily Pacific Northwest (of North America) focus to this blog, or at least stick to topics relevant to odonates in this region, but this is one of those times that I’ll deviate from that scope. There are just so many cool odonates in other parts of the world worth sharing, and the subject of this post is in the northwestern part of South America, so I call it good.