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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Band-winged Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax umbrata)

Range: http://maps.iucnredlist.org/map.html?id=49254239

Learn: http://www.odonatacentral.org/index.php/FieldGuideAction.get/id/47039

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Blackberry (Rubus sp.)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Carolina Saddlebags Dragonfly (Tramea carolina)

Tramea carolina

These guys and gals are always perching about 5-6 feet off the ground and surprisingly away from the pond area. Leave some tall, dried vegetation or thin dead branches as a landing site.  This one was hovering and landing in the brambles of the Florida Native Plant BLACKBERRY (Rubus sp.).

Learn: http://www.odonatacentral.org/index.php/FieldGuideAction.get/id/47653

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Blue Dasher Dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis)

Dragonflies are predatory in both adult and larval stages. Leave some taller, dry plant debris or thin dead branches as perches.

Shown on Florida Native Plant: CHICKASAW PLUM (Prunus angustifolia)

Diet: insects, aquatic larvae such as mosquitoes

Learn: http://www.odonatacentral.org/index.php/FieldGuideAction.get/id/47452

My take:

https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/a-dozen-dragonflies/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Regal Darner Dragonfly (Coryphaeschna ingens)

New to my buggy lifelist.  The gal who helps me clean heard this loud buzzing coming from the kitchen skylight.  I was able to get the dragonfly to climb aboard a feather duster. Of course I needed a photo and scared it a bit when I grabbed the camera.  It settled on the back of one of the window cornices so I could take the photo.  Then I gathered it into a towel for the safe release.

Dragonflies are predatory in both adult and larval stages. Leave some taller, dry plant debris from your Florida native plants as perches.

Diet: insects, aquatic larvae such as mosquitoes

Learn:  https://www.odonatacentral.org/index.php/FieldGuideAction.get/id/45089

Adult Key to the Odonate Families of Florida: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in632

My take:

http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/a-dozen-dragonflies/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Citrine Forktail Damselfly (Ischnura hastata)

smallest damselfly in North America. Predatory in both larval and adult stages.

female based on coloring.

“Females become olive with maturity, with all abdominal segments dorsally black.” source: http://www.giffbeaton.com/ponddamsels.htm

Adult Diet: Tiny flying insects

Learn: http://www.odonatacentral.org/index.php/FieldGuideAction.get/id/43072

Learn more: http://bugguide.net/node/view/597

Shown on Florida Native Plant: VIRGINIA PEPPERWEED (Lepidium virginicum)

My take:
Ladies of the Day
http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/ladies-of-the-day/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Great Pondhawk Dragonfly (Erythemis vesiculosa)

Great Pondhawk (Erythemis vesiculosa)

New to my buggy lifelist. Dragonflies are predatory in both adult and larval stages. Leave some taller, dry plant debris from your Florida native plants as perches. This species tends to fly low to the ground.

Diet: insects, aquatic larvae such as mosquitoes

Learn: http://www.odonatacentral.org/index.php/FieldGuideAction.get/id/46983

Adult Key to the Odonate Families of Florida: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in632

Shown on Florida native plant: PILLPOD SANDMAT (Euphorbia hirta)

My take:

http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/a-dozen-dragonflies/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Blue Dasher Dragonfly (Pachydiplax longipennis)

Dragonflies are predatory in both adult and larval stages. Leave some taller, dry plant debris from your Florida native plants as perches which they use in addition to tall native plants such as this Florida native PINEBARREN GOLDENROD (Solidago fistulosa)

Diet: insects, aquatic larvae such as mosquitoes

Learn: http://www.odonatacentral.org/index.php/FieldGuideAction.get/id/47452

My take:

https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/a-dozen-dragonflies/

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