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Dragonfly - Anax junius

Dragonfly - Anax junius
Okeechobee County, Florida, USA
September 2, 2007
Size: BL 75mm
This was the prey of an Argiope that I removed from the web for pictures in hopes of an ID.
These might be the largest dragons in my area, but it seems like they never land, and I haven't been able to get an image of one hovering yet.
I think this one was on the small side, too.

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This is
A male Anax junius, the great wandering Common Green Darner that is often the first dragonfly I see every spring in my area, having flown up from the south. Big prey, though I have seen and heard of Argiope taking mice, hummers, wrens and green tree frogs. Voracious things.

Move to proper location
This dragonfly should be moved from the Argiope spider file.

for the quick ID.
The black and yellows were everywhere, and almost every one had at least one drangonfly and/or grasshopper.
In this case, it seemed like this male was chasing a female, and they both flew in the web.
The spider was eating the female (or young male?), with this guy wrapped up for later. It was more 'brown/red', but as large.

There is an Argiope that has made her web with the upper part attached to brick and the lower part attached to my front door. When you open the door it kind of stretches but does not damage the web, but she is dangling right over you. My wife has informed me I have to move her.

good thing about Argiopes is they usually don't stray too far from the spot where they are relocated to. Orb weavers such as Neoscona and Araneus may never be seen again after relocating for whatever reason, but I have had good luck with black and yellows.

I saw one once...
on a bush a couple feet from my face. It looked big enough to take a humvee, not just a hummingbird...

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