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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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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly (Orthemis ferruginea)

Male. Predatory in both larval and adult stages. Was landing on the dried stems of Ironweed.

Adult Diet: insects

Learn: http://www.odonatacentral.org/index.php/FieldGuideAction.get/id/47384

Learn more: http://bugguide.net/node/view/2708

Shown on Florida Native Plant: GIANT IRONWEED (Vernonia gigantea)

My take:
A Dozen Dragonflies
https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/a-dozen-dragonflies/

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

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

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: GROUNDSEL TREE; SEA MYRTLE (Baccharis halimifolia) a.k.a. Saltbush

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: Hyacinth Glider Dragonfly (Miathyria marcella)

New to my buggy life list, 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 Florida Native Plant: BLUESTEM Grass (Andropogon sp.)
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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Black Saddlebags Dragonfly (Tramea lacerata)

Larva is aquatic. Dragonflies are predatory in both larval and adult stages. This one is immature and hasn’t reached it’s final coloring.

Learn: http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Tramea_lacerata/

Shown on Florida Native Plant: GIANT IRONWEED (Vernonia gigantea)

My take:
A Dozen Dragonflies
https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/a-dozen-dragonflies/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Variable Dancer Damselfly (Argia fumipennis)

As suggested by the name, very variable in coloring so much so that there is some debate about subspecies. Some would consider this particular insect a “Black” Dancer Damselfly (A. f. atra) or perhaps a “Smoky-winged” Dancer (A. f. fumipennis).

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/584

Shown on Florida Native Plant: SHYLEAF (Aeschynomene americana)

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