...and this really needs to be viewed large to be fully appreciated.
Good morning. As the title suggests, it's once again Dragonfly Thursday. But this is the last set I'll be posting in the series since I've exhausted my archives of worthy photos. Which depending on your opinion of dragonflies can be good news or bad :-)
As for this photo of a pair of Green Darners (Anax junius), I highly recommend viewing it in the large size due to the busy background. Not the best setting or shot, but it couldn't be helped since this pair was perched directly on top of the pond water that was layered with algae. The lead dragonfly here with the blue tail is the male and if you look just forward of the male's eyes you'll see the distinctive "bullseye" that distinguishes it from other similar looking Darners. For Green Darners it's quite common to see them flying while embraced like this, although rather clumsily.
The Green Darner or Common Green Darner is native to North America. It is one of the largest (3 inches long (7.6cm) with a 4.5 inch (11.4cm) wingspan) and fastest-flying of living dragonflies, able to reach speeds of 53 mph (85 km/h). This species has several nicknames, including "Darning Needle" for its speed, "Mosquito Hawk" for its predatory habits that help to eliminate a common pest, and "Lord of June" for its abundance during the summer season. Which coincidently was the month this photo was taken. It also is the official insect for the State of Washington. Whoever thought States had "official" insects :-)
Thank you for stopping by...I hope you enjoy this last installment in the series and I hope you have a great day.
ISO100, aperture f/5.6, exposure .006 seconds (1/180) focal length 200mm