A winged visitor on my Puu Kahea

mjhuntingtonbeachAugust 6, 2012

I was watering in the yard on Sunday and a very unexpected visitor landed on a bud of my Puu Kahea. He was nice enough to wait for me while I ran in to get a camera, and posed for close-ups. A very unusual color for this flavor of beast, and he flew away, circled the yard and came back to the exact same flower to pose some more. Enjoy :)

Mike

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nativec

Love it!! What great photos and one very patient dragonfly!

Nicole

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 6:32PM
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pcput

Mike, I think it thinks it's a mate. Same color as the bud and smells good too. Peg

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 7:24PM
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printmaster1

Great detailed pictures!!!
Lonnie

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 8:23PM
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jperilloux(8b LA)

Excellent photos. Some people call 'em dragonflies, others call 'em darning needles, down here we call 'em mosquito hawks. I don't know if they eat mosquitoes or not, but I know they're the main food of those purple martins and Mississippi Kites that migrate up here from South America in February.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 9:44PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

The simple detail is quite amazing.. I love your pics!!!

Beautiful quality photos..

Fabulous !!!

Love them!!!

Laura

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 3:08AM
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mobiousz(9B)

That looks like a friend of the one that visited me a few weeks ago.

Though mine seemed more interested in the electrical conduit than my plumeria...

Cheers!

VP

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 12:52PM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

What beautiful colors!!

OK, I am going to add to the family!!! : )

Here is another "sister" that wants to be seen too!

She stayed around like she wanted to pose...

Take care,

Laura

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 1:36PM
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mobiousz(9B)

She even smiled for the camera!

VP

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 1:45PM
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mjhuntingtonbeach

Mobiouz, I see you are in California and your friend had similar coloring to the one that visited me, undoubtedly the same species. But I think yours needs to go on a diet ;)... kind of chunky. I was very surprised about the color - I have never seen an orange dragonfly before.

Laura, your friend is more of what I associate with dragonflies, that darker green coloring. The variety of nature is amazing sometimes :)

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 2:10PM
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mobiousz(9B)

MJ,

Yep. I was going to say it was the same one as yours, but I did notice mine was a lot chunkier too. I'm in Garden Grove, so its only a short bit away from Huntington Beach. :)

I hardly see red/orange ones around, so thats why I snapped the picture too. To be honest, any dragonfly in general is kind of rare lately.

VP

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 2:19PM
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elucas101(8)

Those are such cool pictures, thank you for posting those! the orange ones are really pretty. Laura I just love the little face on yours and the colors are very pretty too.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 4:31PM
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mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)

I wish my Puu cutting didnt rot. I cant join in on the fun. LOL

cool pics!!!

Mike

    Bookmark   August 8, 2012 at 5:31PM
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jandey1(TX8)

Mike, incredible photos! The detail you captured on the wings is amazing--such a work of natural design. One of my favorite insects, in my favorite color, on my favorite flower!

The most common ones around here are a cobalt or bright blue, but we get 'em all. Always nice to watch them light onto a stick or branch.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 4:04PM
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kt2fl(okla z7)

I have one to share too! Here's one on my Mardi Gras bloom

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 7:30PM
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