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Unknown Dragonfly, 2nd view - Pachydiplax longipennis - female

Unknown Dragonfly, 2nd view - Pachydiplax longipennis - Female
Springfield, Virginia, USA
July 30, 2004
Another view of the dragon fly.

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Unknown Dragonfly - Pachydiplax longipennis - female Unknown Dragonfly, 2nd view - Pachydiplax longipennis - female

Have the Blue Dasher here once again. Check out Troy's picture in the guide.

Looks like a match!
Looks like a match!

Not as confident now on the Dusky Clubtail. How long was this

Not sure how long...
I remember that it wasn't very large, smaller than a whitetail, which is the most common dragonfly I see. Both the photos were taken at a distance. I've never been able to get close enough to a dragonfly to get a real detailed photograph before they fly away.

Flyin' away.
Be paitent. Don't move after they fly away. Give them time, and they will become currious about you. I've been able to actually pet them..although that's rare. They will come back to their perch if you wait long enough.

I've noticed that whitetails fly in circles a lot, often landing near the same spot over and over again. This one, however, was very shy and took off whenever I made a move. Perhaps I should invest in a zoom lens.

Another problem I have with dragonflies is simply that they don't ever seem to land. On sunny days, I usually see several dragonflies of many species zooming around my yard, but they always stay airborne and are nearly impossible for me to photograph. Very frustrating!

zzzzzooooom lens.
Get a good lens that will let you focus up more than about 18 inches...That way, if you are able to get up close, you can. Some species perch, and some spend most of their lives flying. Try looking around lakes, ponds, streams, etc. as that is where they go to mate. If you see them zipping around, but not near water, it is unlikely that they will least, they never have for me. As I understand it, they eat while they fly, so there isn't much call to stop. Perchers like to perch along rows of bushes. I find them next to fields that are surrounded by thick growth, especially blackberry bushes, etc.

Put a short stick in the ground for them to perch on. That works great near a pond, too.

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