A flying visitor to my garden

deep___roots(ca9/sunset15)June 8, 2011

This red guy dropped in and ain't he neat?

Here he does some push-ups before taking off. Keep your eyes open...no telling what you'll see.

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Min3 South S.F. Bay CA

beautiful! do you have a pond?

a big red guy shows up every year to take over the job of Supreme Commander of my biggest pond. he will let the little blue damselflies hang around but no way can another dragonfly come near without an instant fight. he is on guard every minute- i don't ever see him eat. min

    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 12:47PM
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loribee2(CA 9)

There's a big pond at my office and we get these guys. They're fun to watch. If I'm not mistaken, I think we get greenish/blue ones too. Are they dragon flies?

    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 1:39PM
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lunita(9)

I don't have a pond anywhere, but dragonflies perch on the tops of my tomato cages during the hottest part of the summer. I think the young must grow up in the local creek?? They've just shown up here and there so far, but in July it seems like you can always find at least one in my garden. They're hunters, so I think they're probably helping with insect control, including eating mosquitos (though they're indiscriminate, so they could be getting bees too).

    Bookmark   June 9, 2011 at 9:20AM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

One of our now gone cats was very good at catching dragonflies which he claimed were delicious and he only left the wings. Al

    Bookmark   June 9, 2011 at 10:11AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Heh heh- Al! Yummy dragonflies. The big green and blue ones are also dragonflies. We used to get one that would perch on the antennae of my mom's '59 Olds 98. Every year. Genetic memory?

    Bookmark   June 10, 2011 at 2:09AM
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elladog(z10, SoCalif, Sunset 22)

That looks like the dragonfly called a Flame Skimmer, Libellula saturata. They like to perch on the tops of upright sticks. In my yard they perch on the 1/4" diameter flower supports.

And yes, dragonflies eat gnats, flies, mosquitos, ants, termites, and bees. The young aquatic nymphs eat mosquito larvae. So they're not only pretty, but helpful to have around.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2011 at 7:22PM
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