Western Pondhawks

Male Western Pondhawk by Allan J Jones Photography
Male Western Pondhawk

Female Western Pondhawk by Allan J Jones Photography
Female Western Pondhawk

I have been paying more attention to all the dragonflies and damselflies down at Capitol Lake (where I often walk). There are so many different varieties of these little critters … if you aren’t paying attention, they just all blur into a single amorphous category of “bugs”. In order to identify the photos, I’ve had to purchase some nature guides … bug books.

I like trying to track down the species… and I think I have these locked in … but if anyone disagrees with my identification, please let me know. I’m interested in accuracy, and my college studies were in geology, chemistry and math. not much help there in id-ing bugs.

Male
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Zeiss Milvus 135mm
ISO 400    1/500 sec    f/11

Female
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 105mm Macro
ISO 200    1/320 sec    f/9

Damselfly

Damselfly by Allan J Jones photography
Damselfly

One way to tell the difference between a dragonfly and a damselfly is that dragonflies hold their wings out extended when at rest, while damselflies lay them back across their bodies.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 300mm
ISO 200   1/250 sec    f/8.0

Green Clearwing

Green Clearwing by Allan J Jones Photographer
Green Clearwing

To be honest, I’m only a little sure on the ID of this sweet little bug. I really need a better bug book, I guess. But it’s green and has clear wings, so… it seems likely. Most folks would just call this a dragonfly. And that’s not incorrect. But it’s sorta like identifying a Northern Harrier as “a hawk”.  Or so my reading suggests.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 105mm Macro
ISO 200    1/250 sec    f/8.0

Swift Long-Winged Skimmer

There were a lot of these skimmers flying around Capitol Lake (10 August 2018) and I was glad to find this one resting … I love the eyes on this little guy.

Note that I used a 135mm lens on this and then cropped heavily. I really wasn’t as close as this image makes it look I might have been. I don’t think there would have been any way the skimmer would have stayed put if I got so close.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Zeiss Milvus 135mm
ISO 400    1/640 sec   f/13

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