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Yellow and black dragonfly - Phanogomphus kurilis - female

Yellow and black dragonfly - Phanogomphus kurilis - Female
Marin County, California, USA
April 23, 2010
Size: 53 mm body length
Found flying in a clearing in a forest. I actually didn't want to collect it (I don't know anything about dragonflies), but it damaged its wings when I caught it and couldn't fly. This seems to happen most of the time if I try to catch dragonflies for some reason... I can net moths, butterflies, and even damselflies without injuring them at all, which leads me to believe it's a problem with my technique rather than with the type of net. Is there a proper/correct method for netting dragonflies without injuring them?

Moved from Dragonflies.

netting technique
This page seems to have a pretty good explanation for netting and removal techniques. Pretty much, swing from behind if possible, then try to hold the wings together above the body as you take it out.

Looks to be Gomphus kurilis.

Re: netting technique
Thanks for the link and info! I will have to try that and see if it's more successful.

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