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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Hyacinth Glider Dragonfly (Miathyria marcella)

I may not be overly excited that it has appeared at my place. Seems as Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), a prohibited invasive aquatic plant spread, so has the range of this beauty, arriving in the U.S. in 1950. So, I fear that somewhere in my neighborhood there is a population of the plants. I will be keeping a watchful eye on my pond although the datasheet indicates that it lays eggs on other aquatic plants. Hopefully my waterlilies caught their eye.

One of the Skimmers (Libellulidae)

Learn: http://www.odonatacentral.org/index.php/FieldGuideAction.get/id/47209

Shown on the dried debris from Florida Native Plant: Goldenrod
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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.  This male landed on a blade of grass.

Adult Diet: Tiny flying insects

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

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

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: Bluet Damselfly (Enallagma sp.)

May be Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile)
-or- May be Atlantic Bluet Damselfly (Enallagma doubledayi)

This male was flitting back and forth from emersed rushes and sedges along the edge of the pond.

It is difficult to identify to species without getting into their personal business.

Damselflies are predatory in both adult and larval stages.

Diet: insects, aquatic larvae such as mosquitoes

Learn: https://www.odonatacentral.org/index.php/FieldGuideAction.get/id/42976

Shown on Florida native plant: SOUTHERN UMBRELLASEDGE (Fuirena scirpoidea)

submitted photos of a female (which is black and white)  from August 2017:  https://www.odonatacentral.org/index.php/SubmissionAction.get/submission_id/470496

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

Female. 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: WILD LIME; LIME PRICKLYASH (Zanthoxylum fagara)

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:  Phantom Darner Dragonfly (Triacanthagyna trifida)

New to my buggy lifelist.

Family Aeshnidae – Darners
Genus Tricanthagyna – Three-spined Darners

misspelled in several locations as (Tricanthagyna trifida)

Not often observed as it flies at dusk and dawn.

“Adults of T. trifida are found in woodland and forest. Breeds in swamps, probably both permanent and temporary, also in artificial ponds in woodland. Larvae found in water during rainy season, adults probably spend dry season in dense forest waiting for next rains. Probably only one generation/year.”

Learn: http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/165013/0

Diet: insects, aquatic larvae such as mosquitoes

From Entomological News Volume XXXIX, 1928 (https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/2630450)

4. TRICANTHAGYNA TRIFIDA (Rambur). The addition of
this form to the list of Dragonflies captured by Gainesville
motorists was perhaps the most noteworthy of all those made.
Its twilight flying habits together with its swiftness and agility
have caused its appearance in collections to be necessarily rare.
However, the automobile has succeeded in overcoming both
of these obstacles to collection, and consequently T. trifida,
was well represented among the Dragonflies falling victim to
this peculiar collecting means. A male specimen was taken
still alive from a gutter beside a parked car, on October 21st.
A male and a female were found on one radiator on the
morning of October 24th. On December 10th three teneral
specimens were secured from a Nash. All during the fall this
species seemed to be quite common along toward early eve-
ning. One unlucky individual was observed in a theatre and
still another in Church. The collection of tenerals in Decem-
ber seems to indicate that their emerging period is in the fall,
an idea borne out by their increasing numbers during the fall
months. The first of the above listed specimens of this species
was very hard to distinguish from T. carlbbca, especially while
it was still alive.

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

Shown on Florida Native Plant GROUNDSEL TREE; SEA MYRTLE (Baccharis halimifolia)

My take:

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

Phantom Darner Dragonfly (Triacanthagyna trifida)

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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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