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Yesterday was a cool day until late in the afternoon. The damselflies could be counted on two hands, and there was but one dragonfly. And then I noticed these leaves in the recesses of the swamp. I liked the shape of the "primary" leaf, thought "fall is here," and took the shot just as this Exclamation damselfly decided that that leaf was his!

Tags:   Exclamation Damselfly Odonata Dragonflies and Damselflies Fall Colors Autumn is Here Mt. Diablo - Walnut Creek, CA Canon SX 50 Copyright Ethan Winning

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Though things are slowing down, I keep coming up with new and (to me) unique species of damselflies. Just seeing this one was a feat. It's a well camouflaged Swift Forktail Damselfly on a boulder in a stream. A 33mm damsel at about 12 feet!

Tags:   Swift Forktail Damselfly Dragonflies and Damselflies Odonata Mt. Diablo - Walnut Creek, CA Canon SX 50 Copyright Ethan Winning ALL WALNUT CREEK whatever it says map

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Now, don't worry, I won't be dazzling you with information about the 2,400 species of Praying Mantis. After all, I've only captured four this week, The Mantodea or Common Green or Chinese, the Golden or Hierodula, or the common brown which is just a variation of the Common Green. However, when things really slow down with odonates, I have to post the Albino Praying Mantis that I found last weekend!

I have wondered why I seem to find them in some numbers on a flowering plant called the "Australian or Kangaroo Paw", Anigozanthos species. And the answer is that the Kangaroo Paw attracts all manner of bug (bug = the sucking plant killers like the weevils).

I must say that they're probably as interesting as my dragons and damsels, but I'll never make a dent in 2,400 species (also reported as 5,000 on six continents). Some disguise themselves - or Mother Nature did - as orchids. Others become parts of plants. They are ambush predators and probably should be known as "PrEying Mantises." The one thing that praying mantises don't have going for them is their two closest relatives, cockroaches and termites! Odd that such a beneficial insect is related to two of the most destructive.

Tags:   Praying Mantis Mantodea Common Green Kangaroo Paw Mantises Related Cockroaches Mt. Diablo - Walnut Creek, CA Canon SX 50 Copyright Ethan Winning

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I have learned the secret for a dark background which is pleasing with the smallest of my quarry, damselflies. So long as I don't overdo it...

This is not the smallest, but the Familiar Bluet male damsel is only 33mm (1.3 inches). This would be life size if you're looking at it on an S7 phone. But I wanted to show detail today.

By the way, The Familiar Bluet is very much like three other species, so much like one that "one has to look at the tail for a positive ID."

Tags:   Familiar Bluet Damselfly Male Odonata Dragonflies Damselflies Insects Mt. Diablo - Walnut Creek, CA Canon SX 50 Copyright Ethan Winning

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Temperature, 73 degrees. Sunny. Gorgeous day. Would there be any dragons and damsels? Tons! I even had a Blue Mosaic Darner hover in front of me for a full minute! But the thrill is gone.

No, the real "thrill" is to get a sharp image of two species of damsels, one Tule Bluet and one Vivid Dancer (look at the difference in size), on the same log in light so good, you'd think it was spotlit in a studio. What more could I ask.

You will rarely see the males of two species of dragonflies on the same branch, grass, log. Damselflies are a little less "defensive."

It's spring all over, but this time with added skills. [View Large]

Tags:   Tule Bluet Vivid Dancer Damselflies Dragonflies and Damselflies Odonata Insects Two Species One Log The Swamp Mt. Diablo - Walnut Creek, CA Canon SX 50 Copyright Ethan Winning Wonders Nature


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