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Amphiagrion abbreviatum - Western Red Damsel

Amphiagrion abbreviatum - Western Red Damsel

This is a new genus for me. I don't know the range of this species other than the western US. I've only seen it once and that was in the Sierras so I don't know if a high elevation is also a characteristic of its habitat


Anax junius - Green Darners Mating

Anax junius - Green Darners Mating

This is a mating pair of Green Darners and in my opinion is a great photo (it's hard to get them to sit still)


Archilestes californica - California Spreadwing

Archilestes californica - California Spreadwing

Of the two main genera of Spread-wing Damselflies, this is a member of the Archilestes genus.

Family Lestidae (Spread-winged Damselflies)


Argia apicalis - Blue-fronted Dancer

Argia apicalis - Blue-fronted Dancer

I like Damselflies, even though I'm bad at ID'ing them. This was ID'd by the people at Bugguide


Argia emma - Emma's Dancer

Argia emma - Emma's Dancer

Much better photo of this cool Damselfly


Argia fumipennis - Variable Dancer Femlale

Argia fumipennis - Variable Dancer Femlale

Here's the female


Argia fumipennis - Variable Dancer Male

Argia fumipennis - Variable Dancer Male

This is the normal version of Variable Dancer, the atra subspecies is the previous one I posted


Argia fumipennis atra - Variable Dancer

Argia fumipennis atra - Variable Dancer

This is the "atra" subspecies of Argia fumipennis, the Variable Dancer.

Family Coenagrionidae (Narrow-winged Damselflies)


Argia lugens - Sooty Dancer

Argia lugens - Sooty Dancer

Not very heavily marked, this damsel is distinctive with its slate-gray coloring.


Argia vivida - Vivid Dancers

Argia vivida - Vivid Dancers

These are a male and female Vivid Dancers ovipositing


Celethemis eponia - Halloween Pennant

Celethemis eponia - Halloween Pennant

Nice close-up of a Halloween Pennant from down in the keys. At least, I think it's a Halloween Pennant.


Celithemis elisa - Calico Pennant

Celithemis elisa - Calico Pennant

This pretty little number looks too colorful to be a Kansan!


Celithemis eponina - Halloween Pennants

Celithemis eponina - Halloween Pennants

This is a photo of two Halloween Pennants mating. The leftmost one is the male


Celithemis ornata - Ornate Pennant

Celithemis ornata - Ornate Pennant

This showy little dragonfly allowed me to take photos for about 5 minutes before flying away


Celithemis ornata - Ornate Pennant

Celithemis ornata - Ornate Pennant

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Cordulegaster dorsalis - Pacific Spiketail

Cordulegaster dorsalis - Pacific Spiketail

My friend managed to find see this one perch and called me over in time to photograph it. As with Cordulegaster obliqua, this is a very large dragonfly. This one seems to be eating something, though I don't know what. Earlier in the day I caught a different one and it actually bit me!


Cordulegaster obliqua - Arrowhead Spiketail

Cordulegaster obliqua - Arrowhead Spiketail

This is reeeeeeeeally rare in Kansas! Its a huge dragonfly too! as big as my hand!


Cordulegaster obliqua - Arrowhead Spiketail

Cordulegaster obliqua - Arrowhead Spiketail

This is a female, which confirms that the Prairie Center has an established population of these very uncommon (in Kansas) dragonflies.


Cordulegaster obliqua - Arrowhead Spiketail 2

Cordulegaster obliqua - Arrowhead Spiketail 2

This is a close-up of this beautiful dragonfly.


Coryphaeschna adnexa - Blue-faced Darner

Coryphaeschna adnexa - Blue-faced Darner

This is a female of the Blue-faced Darner, a surprisingly small southern Aeshnid.


Coryphaeschna ingens

Coryphaeschna ingens


Coryphaeschna ingens - Regal Darner

Coryphaeschna ingens - Regal Darner

Much much bigger than Corpyphaeschna aednexa, this huge dragonfly was quite common in the sheltered regions on the service road at the Harbour Ridge development in Palm City. Amazingly, the long cerci indicate that this species is a female! This is a lot different than in most insects, where the male has the larce cerci


Dromogomphus spinosus - Black-shouldered Spinylegs

Dromogomphus spinosus - Black-shouldered Spinylegs

These two mating dragonflies were found next to a river in Cherokee Co, KS. You can see the spines on the fore-legs that give it it's common name.


Dromogomphus spoliatus - Flag-tail Spinylegs

Dromogomphus spoliatus - Flag-tail Spinylegs

This is another Gomphid that I was lucky to get a photo of. I thought it was something else I already had so I dismissed it, but after another closer look I found out it was even a different genus


Dythemis velox - Swift Setwing

Dythemis velox - Swift Setwing

This odd little Libellulid is found across the Southeast, but is only common in Texas. A very cute dragonfly, relatively small.


Enallagma carunculatum - Tule Bluet

Enallagma carunculatum - Tule Bluet

Another Tule Bluet


Enallagma carunculatum - Tule Bluet

Enallagma carunculatum - Tule Bluet

This Bluet is pretty common in Northern Caifornia. It was found in a marshy area in Abbott's Lagoon.


Enallagma civile - Familiar Bluet

Enallagma civile - Familiar Bluet

This is a very common Damsel, though no less pretty for it.


Epitheca cynosura - Common Baskettail

Epitheca cynosura - Common Baskettail

Another photo of a very common species


Epitheca cynosura - Common Baskettail

Epitheca cynosura - Common Baskettail

This is my one and only photo of a Dragonfly in the Corduliidae family, the Emeralds


Ereptogomphus designatus - Eastern Ringtail

Ereptogomphus designatus - Eastern Ringtail

This is another Gomphid. It was found in riparian habitat next to Devil's Creek. It has a wide range in the South/Southeast, but I don't know how common it is.


Erythemis collocata - Western Pondhawk

Erythemis collocata - Western Pondhawk

I had misidentified this as Eastern Pondhawk, but found out through Bugguide that it's actually Erythemis collocata, Western Pondhawk.


Erythemis simplicicolis - Eastern Pondhawk

Erythemis simplicicolis - Eastern Pondhawk

This is the male of this common species


Erythemis simplicicolis - Eastern Pondhawk

Erythemis simplicicolis - Eastern Pondhawk

Head on shot of this beautiful dragonfly


Erythrodiplax minuscula - Little Blue Dragonlet

Erythrodiplax minuscula - Little Blue Dragonlet

This mini dragonfly was perched on a twig near swamp at my Grandparents

Family Libellulidae


Erythrodiplax umbrata - Seaside Dragonlet

Erythrodiplax umbrata - Seaside Dragonlet

This is a male Seaside Dragonlet, much larger than the Erythrodiplax miniscula


Gomphus graslinellus - Pronghorn Clubtail

Gomphus graslinellus - Pronghorn Clubtail

This beautiful Gomphid was found at Kill Creek Park outside of Oalthe, KS


Gomphus militaris - Sulphur-tipped Clubtail

Gomphus militaris - Sulphur-tipped Clubtail

This cool dragonfly is in the family Gomphidae. This one was very cooperative, and allowed me to get some great photos.


Gomphus militaris - Sulphur-tipped Clubtail

Gomphus militaris - Sulphur-tipped Clubtail

This is my first Clubtail! And it was a first for bugguide. The widely separated eyes and swollen abdomen tip are a great field marks


Gomphus sp. - Subgenus Phanogomphus

Gomphus sp. - Subgenus Phanogomphus

Without a dorsal shot of the cerci, this can't be differentiated between G. minutus and G. cavillaris.


Gomphus sp. - Subgenus Phanogomphus

Gomphus sp. - Subgenus Phanogomphus

Another individual of the mystery Gomphid


Hetaerina americana - American Rubyspot

Hetaerina americana - American Rubyspot

This will soon be replaced with a better photo... hopefully a much better photo


Ischnura hastata - Citrine Forktail

Ischnura hastata - Citrine Forktail

This was ID'd as a Citrine Forktail, and it's one of the first Odonates I've seen this year, so I was excited, even better it sat still for me!


Ischnura ramburii - Rambur's Forktail

Ischnura ramburii - Rambur's Forktail

This is the female of a strongly sexually dimorphic damselfly.

Family Coenagrionidae (Narrow-winged Damselflies)


Ischnura ramburii - Rambur's Forktail

Ischnura ramburii - Rambur's Forktail

This is the less colorful male Rambur's Forktail.

Family Coenagrionidae (Narrow-winged Damselflies)


Ischnura verticalis - Eastern Forktail

Ischnura verticalis - Eastern Forktail

This is an immature female Eastern Forktail


Leucorrhinia glacialis - Crimson-ringed Whiteface

Leucorrhinia glacialis - Crimson-ringed Whiteface

I never thought I'd get to see a Whiteface, since they usually live in the far north, but this species was very common in a small meadow in Lassen Volcanoes National Park.


Libellula auripennis - Golden-winged Skimmer

Libellula auripennis - Golden-winged Skimmer

This I just took a day or so ago and I'm in the process of updating all my lists. It's a good size dragonfly, and can probably catch some pretty large insects.


Libellula cyanea - Spangled Skimmer

Libellula cyanea - Spangled Skimmer

This is a male. The bright white spots on the wings are really obvious and eye-catching


Libellula cyanea - Spangled Skimmer

Libellula cyanea - Spangled Skimmer

This is the female of this species


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