Favourite Odonates

Hi guys!!! I am here with a new topic for the first time on forum! Hope you all enjoy it. Anyways this is to talk about all your favourite odonates( actually all of them are my favourite :wink:). You can put in your favourite odes and also why you like them. Enjoy!!

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Petalura ingentissima because just look at it!! :grinning:

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Woah that is quite big… very big I must say

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Trithemis annulata Of all the ones I have seen it is the most exotic, I love it

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Welcome to iNaturalist Foum @noeliria, Hope you enjoy staying here!

And by the way T.annulata is really beautiful.

Never met them, but all Chlorocyphidae and Euphaeidae are best-looking ones!


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I don’t have a favorite species, and I always find them magical. However, I became quite fond of this individual, who spent a lot of time around my small patio pond. I have many photos, but I only turned one into an observation.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/51382153

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Too many to pick a favorite, but I am fond of the elusive Brimstone Clubtail (Stylurus intricatus) which occurs in my area of the SW U.S. The name Brimstone refers to its sulfur-yellow color and the hot environments it tends to frequent. This dragonfly allowed me to meet the late @greglasley who traveled to NM just to photo this species when a thriving population was discovered just outside of Albuquerque. Greg dubbed the species the “blue-eyed blond.”

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For me definitly G. lynnae
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/520976-Gomphurus-lynnae

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We actually have a single isolated record of this species in NM which is hard to explain based on its range in the pacific NW.

I have not seen this one yet, but I definitely want to take a picture of the Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata)!

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Wow, those are amazing!

Holy cats. And it tried to eat you!

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Very beautiful

Just to be fully clear on this point, as far as I know such landings on people’s face only occur with teneral (just emerged) or otherwise weak dragonflies (such as by cold temperature).

For instance look at these other photos ( including a profile page !) :
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/40228843
https://www.inaturalist.org/people/72671
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/62212693

In some italian dialects, perhaps because of these surprising (though rare) landings, dragonflies are called “cavaocchi”, which could be translated as “eye-gouger”. Yet they are far from doing any harm ; that happens just when they have troubles flying.

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This one https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/41418269 landed on me when I was sitting still, I made a photo by luck as it flew away after first big move of mine.

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… indeed, they can also land on a face, if the person is not moving, and indeed they can use the heads of very slow-moving herons or snakes, even repeatedly, as perching sites… (cf. other photos in iNaturalist) Yet these dragonflies will quickly fly away as soon as you move quickly, as you say.

The troubling thing with tenerals/weakened individuals is that they sometimes hold tight on you and may be difficult to move away if you do not want to hurt them.

In both situations, my message is “don’t panic”, she/he will move away without hurting you at all, quickly and without help, or slowly and perhaps with some, very gentle help !

(NB it is true that some dragonflies can bite and hurt a little, but many will never hurt you at all even trying to bite you, and in all cases they will try to do it only if you catch them ; cf a thread on animal bites in this Forum)

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My personal favorite has always been the Sedge Sprite (Nehalennia irene). These damselflies are tiny (about 2-3 cm) and a brilliant greenish-copper color with sky-blue eyes. They are very difficult to photograph well…they are so small and elusive my (not-so-young-anymore) eyes can just barely follow them. My best photo is probably this one:

https://inaturalist.ca/observations/1715876

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Wow! Thats bizarre… very hard to explain! They seem uncommon in their home range as well, so finding a vagrant would seem even more unlikely.

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