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dragonfly

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

Range: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/49254239/49255913

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

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly (Erythemis simplicicollis) female

Female.

This species of dragonfly is noted for low flying and resting on the ground.

Dragonflies are beneficial in both larval stage (aquatic) and as adults where they take flying insects. males in this species are blue at certain stages of development.

Learn: http://www.odonatacentral.org/index.php/FieldGuideAction.get/id/46982

Order Odonata – Dragonflies and Damselflies
Suborder Anisoptera – Dragonflies
Family Libellulidae – Skimmers

Learn more: https://bugguide.net/node/view/577

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly (Perithemis tenera)

Male shown. Quite small. Dragonflies are beneficial as they are predatory on pest insects in both the adult and larval stages. Larval state is aquatic and helps control mosquito larva.

Learn: http://www.odonatacentral.org/index.php/FieldGuideAction.get/id/47478

Learn Key to Florida Dragonflies: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in632

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Spanish Needles (Bidens alba)

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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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