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Southern California Arthropods (Mostly) #8: Dragonflies (Order Odonata)
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Kawea River: Three Rivers, California)

Blue darner dragonfly (Aeshna multicolor) in Three Rivers, California.

Blue darner dragonfly (Aeshna multicolor) in Three Rivers, California.

San Diego River In Mission Valley (In Store Window)

Following images were taken with a Nikon D-90 and 60mm Micro Nikkor
AF-S F/2.8G ED Macro Lens and Nikon SB-600 Flash. 1/400 sec at F-32.

Spot-Winged Glider (Pantala hymenaea) from a store window in Fashion Valley, San Diego County. The following description is from Tim Manolis (Dragonflies and Damselfies of California, 2003): Two species in the genus Pantala (gliders) have realatively short, streamlined bodies and broad-based hind wings that are well-adapted for nearly effortless gliding. They can stay on the wing for hours, or even days, and are capable of transoceanic flights. This species has a distinctive round spot at the posterior base of the hind wings. It is widely distributed in the western hemisphere from southern Canada to Chile.

Spot-Winged Glider (Pantala hymenaea). This species has a round, brownish-orange spot at the posterior base of each hind wing.

Montezuma Well, Arizona

A red damselfly called "desert firetail" (Telebasis salva) on a hackberry leaf.

Huntington Botanical Garden, California

Red Rock State Park, Arizona

12-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella) at Red Rock State Park.

Kit Carson Park, San Diego County

Mexican amberwing (Perithemis intensa).

Twin Oaks Valley, San Marcos, CA

Red skimmer (cf. Libellula saturata) on chain-link gate in my backyard.

San Diego Botanical Garden, Encinitas, CA


  1. Evans, A.V. 2007. Field Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. New York, N.Y.

  2. Hogue, C.L. 1993. Insects of the Los Angeles Basin. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

  3. Manolis, Tim. 2003. Dragonflies and Damselflies of California. University of California Press, Berkeley.

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