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Four-spotted Owlfly - Ululodes quadripunctatus - female
Four-spotted Owlfly - Ululodes quadripunctatus - Female
Durham County, North Carolina, USA
June 26, 2004
The classic owlfly pose, with the abdomen pointed out, apparenlty mimicking a twig. Plump abdomen, spotted wings, and wings not pendulate indicate this is a female. Captured at a light and posed for this photo.

Four-spotted Owlfly - Ululodes quadripunctatus - male
Four-spotted Owlfly - Ululodes quadripunctatus - Male
Durham County, North Carolina, USA
June 12, 2004
2 of 2 images of this specimen.
Shows excised hindwings, characteristic of male. Male also (apparently) does not have strong dark wingspots. Note, too, what appears to be a tuft of hair (scent scales, as in some butterflies?) projecting on the dorsal side of the abdomen. I do not see this in females.

Four-spotted Owlfly - Ululodes quadripunctatus - male
Four-spotted Owlfly - Ululodes quadripunctatus - Male
Durham County, North Carolina, USA
June 13, 2004
1 of 2 images of this specimen.
Found at a light. Posed. This is a male, based on the lack of spots on wings, hindwings excised at base, and slender abdomen. (Thanks to Eric Eaton for telling me about sexual dimorphism in this species.) Looks to me like there is a tuft of hair (scent scales, as in some butterflies?) on the dorsal side of the male abdomen as well. This bears investigation.

Another photo of this invididual--showing excised hindwings, is in linked images.

Four-spotted Owlfly - Ululodes quadripunctatus - male
Four-spotted Owlfly - Ululodes quadripunctatus - Male
Durham County, North Carolina, USA
June 8, 2004
Found at a light and posed for photo. This is a male, based on the lack of spots on wings, wings tapered at base, and slender abdomen. (Thanks to Eric Eaton for telling me about sexual dimorphism in this species.) This individual is performing the characteristic "abdomen-up" posture, which apparently serves to imitate a twig. As I give captive owlflies a twig to pose on, they usually first assume an abdomen-flat pose, then, if I manipulate them slightly, they point the abdomen out from the twig.

Another photo of this individual--close-up of head, thorax, is shown in linked images.

Shadow Darner? - Aeshna umbrosa
Shadow Darner? - Aeshna umbrosa
Lake Geneva, Federal Way, Washington, USA
August 27, 2004
Finally caught a dragonfly in flight! Behavior, location, etc. match Dragonflies through Binoculars. PP 45, plate 4.
Of course, the book doesn't show them quite from this angle. They really do tuck their front legs behind their eyes! You can see his/her knees sticking up behind its head.

Florida Predatory Stink Bug - Euthyrhynchus floridanus
Florida Predatory Stink Bug - Euthyrhynchus floridanus
Durham County, North Carolina, USA
October 25, 2003
Found on a wall on a warm fall day. I am guessing it had either been attracted to a light on the building or was seeking a place to hibernate under a window ledge, etc. Captured and posed.

Dave Czaplak--Maryland Dragonfly and Damselfly Identification Pages
Dave Czaplak of Maryland, USA, has some very good pages on Moths and Butterflies, (http://odolep.com/) but the most impressive parts of his site are on odonata--so I wanted to be sure to put a link in that category. (I've put as the main link above his page on damselflies.) He has done some beautiful drawings of damselfly abdomens--very useful in identification.

The pages on odonates are:
ID Page for Mosaic Darners in MD
ID Page for River Cruisers in MD

Dragonflies, Butterflies, And Moths (Odolep.com)
Most extensive pages on dragonflies and damselflies, but also pages on moths and butterflies. Site is authored (and photographed) by Dave Czaplak of Maryland.

Unknown Moth - Herpetogramma
Unknown Moth - Herpetogramma
Taylor County, Wisconsin, USA
This moth was feeding during the daylight hours on wild bergamot. Anyone have an idea about its identity?

Dragonfly - Sympetrum vicinum - female
Dragonfly - Sympetrum vicinum - Female
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
August 27, 2004
Had to be quick for this one and it was a little high to see it to focus. I think its a female Sympetrum internum according to a book on BC insects. Would appreciate confirmation. Thanks.