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Dragonfly warming up in the morning sun - Anax junius

Dragonfly warming up in the morning sun - Anax junius
Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County, Wisconsin, USA
September 20, 2008
Enjoying the warmth of the morning sun. Got to thinking about alternative energy. The wings are like solar panels and the corn is destined to become ethanol.

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Dragonfly warming up in the morning sun - Anax junius Dragonfly warming up in the morning sun - Anax junius

Anax junius. Common Green Darner, female.
The "bull's eye" pattern on the forehead is the clincher for this species. I've read that the female's eyes are "a milk chocolate brown". I can't site that, as I can't remember where I read it, but it certainly is true! In "Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies" part of the Stokes Beginner's Guide series it reads, "Anax junius. Size 3.0". "Feeds on a variety of insects, including other dragonflies, and even has been seen preying on hummingbirds!" (p.81)

I took some as-close-as-you-can-get photos of a female who stayed in one place, as yours is doing, but it was on a very cloudy day. I guess there wasn't enough sun to "power up".

It's a .....
... female Common Green Darner (Anax junius). Very nice photo!

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