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Southern Snaketail - Ophiogomphus australis - male

Southern Snaketail - Ophiogomphus australis - Male
Varnado, Pushepatapa Creek at Dollar Road, Washington Parish, Louisiana, USA
March 27, 2005
Size: length 45 mm.
Dorsal view. This species is only known for Washington and Tangipahoa Parishes in SE LA and adjacent Pike County in MS. Determined by Jerrell Daigle of Tallahassee FL.

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Southern Snaketail - Ophiogomphus australis - male Southern Snaketail - Ophiogomphus australis - male Southern Snaketail - Ophiogomphus australis - male

I'm guessing this image
is from a flatbed scanner. If so, which one was used to make these images? I am about to buy a new flatbed and want one that will handle Odes and other 3-dimensional objects. Thanks.
Superb documentation for a very local species, I moved all 3 to a guide page.

Thanks & Scanner info
Hi Tony,
Your kind word about our images is much appreciated.
The lateral and dorsal views are scans. The face and genitalia are digital photos. The scanner is an Epson Perfection 2400 Photo. It is used at up to 1200 dpi for small Odonates with excellent results. Much higher resolution images may be seen at our site at
Please read the info in "Welcome" on the sidebar and when looking at images click on "Get original uploaded photo" beneath the initial view to see full resolution.
Gayle & Jeanell Strickland

Read everything
and looked at all insect images. An amazing resource. Gray patch a most useful feature. You have set a new high standard for Odonate and Asilid identification. I will add the relevant URL's to BugGuide's Info pages for Odonata and Asilidae. For the species you include, your Odonate pages will replace Dunkle as my primary reference for identification. And for Damselflies it is a great supplement to Ed Lam's book for the NE. Asilid pages are equally superb.
Thanks for the scanner info.

Convenient link to our Louisiana Odonate images
We are overwhelmed by your response! Our site has 2-3000 visitors per month but feedback is rare. We often wonder who is looking and why. To go more directly to our LA Odonate images, go to Bill Mauffray's fine site, "The Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Louisiana" at:
Links are provided at the end of each species account.
Gayle (Gayle & Jeanell Strickland)

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