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Slender Smoothtail Epistrophella emarginata

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susanhewitt

Date

June 22, 2019 01:45 PM EDT

Description

I see quite a lot of syrphid larvae in the Freshwater wetland wildflower garden during the summer and fall, but this kind is totally new to me.

Very fancy-looking!

It was near a lot of aphids.

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White-dotted Redspot Hypopetalia pestilens

Date

November 29, 2015 03:35 PM CET

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Blue-faced Ringtail Erpetogomphus eutainia

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briangooding

Date

July 7, 2019 09:22 AM CDT

Description

Male Erpetogomphus designatus tracking object overhead

Stunning specimen...hard to walk away from these guys.

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Zebra Mussel Dreissena polymorpha

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mnwild

Date

June 5, 2017 12:32 PM CDT

Description

Dragonfly nymph covered with zebra mussels

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dragonajuli

Date

February 28, 2019

Description

Macho.

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Date

September 25, 2013 09:22 AM +07

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Red Damselfly Xanthocnemis zealandica

Date

January 3, 2019 06:22 PM CET

Description

A male with mouth wide open, handling a prey.
January 2019.
Lake Moeraki, North of Haast, West Coast, New Zealand.

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Sapeaters Genus Brachyopa

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jwalewski

Date

June 6, 2017 05:38 PM CDT

Description

This is on a Chokecherry

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heatherholm

Date

June 6, 2012 03:13 PM CDT

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heatherholm

Date

June 10, 2013 11:56 AM CDT

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Meadowhawks Genus Sympetrum

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owenstrickland

Date

July 31, 2018 10:57 AM EDT

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Common Lagoon Fly Eristalinus aeneus

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johnklymko

Date

August 1, 2013 12:45 PM ADT

Description

Staged photo

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harumkoh

Date

May 20, 2018 02:10 PM JST

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Twinspot Tigertail Archaeosynthemis leachii

Date

December 13, 2017 04:40 PM CET

Description

A male.
Perth, Western Australia.

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Autumn Meadowhawk Sympetrum vicinum

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jasonjdking

Date

October 8, 2013 01:48 PM EDT

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December 4, 2017 03:51 PM CET

Description

December 2017.
Wollombi Brook, Bulga, NSW, Australia.

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Southern Riffle Darner Notoaeschna sagittata

Date

November 24, 2017 11:03 AM CET

Description

Dead larva.
November 2017.
Aberfeldy Bridge, Victoria, Australia.

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Clubtails Family Gomphidae

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rajibmaulick

Date

May 11, 2017 09:08 AM IDT

Description

Family: Gomphidae Rambur, 1842/Odonata > Anisoptera > Gomphoidea/Durgapur/11/05/17

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Jaguar Panthera onca

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greglasley

Date

August 16, 2017 07:40 AM CDT

Description

On August 16, we witnessed what has to rank with one of the most incredible wildlife experiences I’ve ever had. Cheryl and I were on a trip with 6 other nature photographers and our leader. We had been in the Pantanal area of Brazil for about a week with 5 days along the Cuiaba River near Porto Jofre, looking for Jaguars and other photo ops. Our daily routine was breakfast at 5:30 AM and we took off on boats from 6 till about 11AM, lunch at noon at the lodge, then on the boats again 3PM till dark. Our group has 3 boats so just 3 people per boat so plenty of room for photo gear, etc. Over several days we had seen 10-12 Jaguars. Some were very good photo ops, some poor photo ops, some just glimpsed.

There are several lodges in the area and it is a popular place to visit for folks hoping to see Jaguars, so much like Yellowstone National Park, a crowd can gather when some significant wildlife is seen, but instead of car jams to see a Grizzly such as Yellowstone, this can be boat jams for a jaguar. I have seen as many as 22 boats, 70-100 feet off shore with lots of people in each boat taking photos of a sleeping Jaguar. BUT…that is not the end of the story! We were often in more remote areas of the rivers and inlets and streams more or less on our own looking for birds, etc., so lots of times there are no other boats around. The boat drivers all have radios, so if a Jaguar is seen, other boats are informed. We move 20-25 miles up and down the river to explore, so many times other boats are not close enough to arrive while a Jaguar is in view.

My limited Jaguar experience is that some are just sleeping and/or resting and mostly ignore the boats in the river. Others are walking though the edge of the forest near the river and when a boat becomes visible, the animal just vanishes back into the forest. This morning at about 7:30 AM our three boats were in an out-of-the way location, a mile or so apart. The boat I was in was photographing a Great Black Hawk when one of our other boats called us on the radio to say they had a Jaguar swimming in the river, apparently hunting, so we headed to that area. Apparently the Jaguar, with just its head visible, swam up to loafing Yacare Caimans and pounced onto a caiman which was about 6 or so feet long. The Jaguar and the caiman thrashed in the water with the Jaguar biting into the skull of the caiman. That is about the time our boat arrived, after the Jaguar had mostly subdued the caiman, but the caiman was still thrashing about. The Jaguar was up against a high dirt bank, still mostly in the water with a firm grip on the skull of the caiman and the Jaguar was not letting go. It was very dark and under heavy foliage and vines so I was shooting at 4000 and 6400 ISO but that was my only choice. Eventually the Jaguar was able to work itself and its prize away from the vines and it drug the caiman out of the water and up the dirt bank and eventually back into the forest to enjoy its catch beyond the curious and amazed eyes of the human observers. The caiman was as large or larger than the Jaguar. All I have to say is that a mature Jaguar is an incredibly powerful predator and watching this whole 15 minute episode is something I’ll not forget. What a beast!

This entire series was shot from a boat, perhaps 40 feet off the bank with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II and a Canon 100-400 IS lens in case anyone is interested.

Cuiaba River,
near Porto Jofre,
Pantanal,
Brazil
16 August 2017

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Southern Riffle Darner Notoaeschna sagittata

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reiner

Date

December 15, 2017 05:24 PM AEDT

Description

One of the most impressive things to witness in the dragonfly world: Notoaeschna sagittata depositing eggs on the sides of rocks under rushing water. The current was quite strong; I was having trouble standing in the water beside the emerging rock.

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Bald-faced Hornet Fly Spilomyia fusca

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figaro

Date

September 11, 2017 12:10 PM CDT

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What

Rusty-patched Bumble Bee Bombus affinis

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heatherholm

Date

August 20, 2017 02:01 PM CDT

Description

Plant: Eutrochium maculatum

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jujurenoult

Date

March 13, 2017 11:48 AM CET

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New World Tarantula Hawk Wasps Genus Pepsis

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robberfly

Date

October 26, 2017 11:39 PM CST

Description

Ended the incredible Night Hike with this, watching her drag her anesthetized tarantula...

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Wild Cucumber Echinocystis lobata

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susanelliott

Date

October 27, 2017 12:18 PM EDT

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Four-Speckled Hover Fly Dioprosopa clavata

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ericisley

Date

October 25, 2017 09:49 AM CDT

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Spot-winged Meadowhawk Sympetrum signiferum

Date

October 1, 2017 05:54 PM CDT

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Ringed Cascader Zygonyx torridus

Date

June 13, 2017 01:54 PM CEST

Description

June 2017.
Centre Oued Laabid, Morocco.

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Date

June 15, 2017 02:10 AM CEST

Description

A species discovered in 2011 and described in 2014.
June 2017.
Morocco.

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Green Marsh Hawk Orthetrum sabina

Observer

waterpenny1

Date

April 2, 2017 11:54 AM ACST

Description

Dragonflies & Damselflies of the Top End.

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Australian Tiger Ictinogomphus australis

Date

April 25, 2017 02:02 AM CEST

Description

A male coming in to perch.
April 2017.
Day four.
Cumberland dam, Queensland, Australia.

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Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum

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Date

September 24, 2017 01:22 PM EEST

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Cryptic Bumble Bee Bombus cryptarum

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sydcannings

Date

July 9, 2011 06:28 PM PDT

Description

on Angelica archangelica in garden

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Muskeg Emerald Somatochlora septentrionalis

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sydcannings

Date

August 5, 2009 05:21 PM PDT

Description

Copper Ridge fen; specimen posed

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Spotted Darter Sympetrum depressiusculum

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damighez

Date

August 8, 2017 02:26 PM CEST

Description

Numerosi esemplari

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rhbastardo

Date

July 24, 2017 03:51 PM HST

Description

In a small lagoon, with Typha

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Black Pennant Selysiothemis nigra

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Date

July 1, 2017

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Bleached Skimmer Libellula composita

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johnkarges

Date

June 15, 2017 05:45 PM CDT

Description

N31.031295 W-102.893109
Foraging 200 m from water in mesquite/creosotebush upland flat

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Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis

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briangooding

Date

June 3, 2017 12:37 PM CDT

Description

Male Pachydiplax longipennis attempting to wipe rain from eyes

I went out the other day as it was about to rain to see if I could follow some dragonflies and find the best types of places they hole-up when it rains.

I got there a little too late and the rain was coming down pretty heavily so I just hung out under some tree cover and looked around.

As I moved from one covered spot to another I saw this lone Blue Dasher clinging to a branch, sitting there as it rained. He kept trying to wipe the large water droplet that had accumulated near the vertex but he was unable to dislodge it.

I don't know what it is like to see like a dragonfly but I imagine the water must distort the vision quite a bit. As well it could possibly have been a grooming response (just as if other detritus where resting on eyes) and not been related to the fact that the water may distort vision.

Either way, kind of funny to watch.

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treegrow

Date

April 30, 2017 03:30 PM EDT

Description

Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC, USA

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Eastern Pasqueflower Pulsatilla nuttalliana

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figaro

Date

April 28, 2017 01:35 PM CDT

Description

With 5" of snow on the ground, this is the only thing I could manage to find now that the sun has finally returned!

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leslie_flint

Date

April 22, 2017 10:20 AM PDT

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Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Observer

greglasley

Date

April 20, 2016 02:12 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

A banded Piping Plover record I had not posted previously

Color banded Piping Plover
Rollover Pass,
Galveston Co., Texas
20 April 2016

Right leg above joint: yellow flag with black lettering 0F2
Right leg below joint: pale blue over dark blue
Left leg above joint: USFW metal band
Left leg below joint: yellow over green

reply to info on this bird:
Greg,
Thanks for the resight!  I apologize for the delay.  We just got out of the field and are back to our desks.  0F2 was banded as a chick June 2013 on Lake Sakakawea near New Town, ND. Awesome photos!
Thanks
~Megan Ring
Biologist
USGS Missouri River Tern & Plover Team
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Jamestown, North Dakota

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jimjohnson

Date

October 10, 2009

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Date

October 14, 2009

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Emperor Penguin Aptenodytes forsteri

Observer

greglasley

Date

December 4, 2001 01:33 PM CST

Place

Antarctica (Google, OSM)

Description

I see lots of shots of animal tracks posted on iNat, but save for a raccoon or a few other simple ones, I claim no knowledge or expertise in tracks in the snow, mud, etc. But I thought tracks of Emperor Penguin in soft snow might add a different critter to the tracks repertoire! Image 3 shows the culprits making the tracks! We watched this daily for 8 or 10 days on that trip to the Ross Sea in 2001. The track in image 1 is made by a single individual. When there are multiple birds in a line (and they often travel 2 to 25 or more in single file in the same rut), those marks on the side of the rut where their flippers propel them along get very obscure from multiple flippers.

When on rocks and gravel or a thin snow cover, Emperors walk upright. But when in loose snow, or they want to speed up, they flop down on their bellies and "take off" propelling themselves along with their rear feet as well as their flippers. Under many circumstances they can move a good bit faster than a person is able to. Emperors are 3 feet tall and large ones can weigh 70+ pounds.

Emperor Penguin
Aptenodytes forsteri
Cape Washington,
Ross Sea
Antarctica
4 December 2001

these images scanned from 35mm slides

Location: Cape Washington, Ross Sea, ... (Google, OSM)
Places: AQ, AQ, Antarctica More...
Lat -74.5248, Lon 165.1697
Accuracy: 1000m

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jaykeller

Date

June 14, 2014 03:05 PM PDT

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Spotted Darter Sympetrum depressiusculum

Date

July 13, 2011 02:06 PM CEST

Description

A mature male Spotted Darter with the characteristic markings on the abdomen.
July 2011.
Dunaziget, Hungary.

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Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum

Date

August 12, 2010 08:30 AM CEST

Description

A male.
12th August 2010.
Rhodes, Greece.

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budak

Date

October 6, 2016 02:36 PM +08

Description

Forcipomyia midges on dragonfly

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January 14, 2016 02:42 PM CET

Description

A male perched on rock next to the wide and deep river, flowing rapidly due to rain.
January 2016.
Ranomafana, Madagascar.

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Cherry-faced Meadowhawk Sympetrum internum

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nlblock

Date

September 12, 2016 04:05 PM EDT

Description

This is an example of how white-faced Cherry-faced Meadowhawks can be (and this is not even at the extreme end of whiteness they can show). Examination of the hamules is required to confirm the ID.

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Meadowhawks Genus Sympetrum

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sdz456

Date

July 8, 2016 01:40 PM EDT

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Blackburn Dragonfly Nesogonia blackburni

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henicorhina

Date

August 15, 2012 12:46 PM PDT

Place

Hawaii, US (Google, OSM)

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Attenborough's Pintail Acisoma attenboroughi

Date

January 10, 2016 06:22 PM CET

Description

Official on BBC 6th May 2016, this species is described as Acisoma attenboroughi. This picture here was given framed to David attenborough in a tv interview on BBC, as they celebrate his 90th year birthday.
January 2016.
Pond close to Isalo National Park. Madagascar

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Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis

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briangooding

Date

May 20, 2007 10:27 AM CDT

Description

Male Pachydiplax longipennis being eaten by Opheodrys aestivus

Like a lot of these predation shots I heard the irregular beat of frantic, chafing wings before locating the scene.

I was taken aback when I first realized what was happening. That quickly wore off though and I was on the ground trying to get as close as possible without disrupting or having any meaningful influence on the situation.

Two great predators. In the end the dasher broke free and clumsily flew off (though he was lucky there were birds looking for an easy catch). I can't say for sure whether or not I played any part in the snake not succeeding in this struggle. If it were venomous I think (though I don't know if venomous snakes spend their venom on dragonflies or if they specialize in more protein-rich options) the dasher would've been done for.

But, the snake maneuvering his jaws to clamp down on the dragonfly gave some room for escape--especially since his jaws were over the thorax and wings, which were already beating trying to escape.

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Stream Glory Neurobasis chinensis

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briangooding

Date

June 8, 2012 11:49 AM +07

Description

Neurobasis chinensis chinensis

1. male over water
2. male floating on water on wings to demonstrate rate of flow, female hovering around
3. crop of second image
4. male and female (about) in copula
5. resting in tandem post-copula
6. perched male displaying response (upward abdomen curl) to intruding male attempting to usurp
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I rode the motorbike around until I saw signs for a waterfall that someone had told me about. As I followed the curves up the mountain farmers and villagers kept stopping me and putting their fingers to their mouths. I didn't get it at first but then I realized they wanted cigarettes because I came from the town. I told them sorry but I didn't have any and kept going. After a while I stopped stopping for them as they tried to flag me down.

When I got to the waterfall, which turned out to be many tiers, there were a few people playing around at the top. Thankfully as I walked up they made their way down. Looking back I may have looked kind of odd carrying a big shoulder bag, wearing long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when everyone else was in sandals and bikini tops. I didn't have time to flirt--I'm serious about dragonflies.

So I got to the top and sat down and just took a deep breath, stared over the edge of the waterfall and then looked up and saw it run down and change course by the rock in front of it. It looked like I was on a 20-foot wide rock slide, jungle surrounding me on both sides and endless mountains cascading in the distance, bird and insect noises coming in and out the fore of my senses, trading places with the draining humidity.

I snapped out of the lull and--shit this is already too long. I saw two magnificent genera of damselfly, two that I had seen in books and read about and now they were in front of me: Rhinocypha and Neurobasis. I looked around me in shock that i was the only here appreciating these tiny creatures, blue and black with iridescent purple rectangles in the wings; metallic green with dark tips speeding by less than an inch above the water.

The entire trip I made, with absolutely no agenda and no direction was at this point a success. I only lamented that I carried just a 35mm and 100mm lens with me.

The male Neurobasis chinensis chinensis flew in front of the female who was perched on a leaf overhanging the running water, 10 to 15 feet away from the drop. He sparred with a male before driving him away and then he fell backwards on the water with his wings open, showing the female the rate of flow of the water. Before the end he erected himself and flew back toward her. They then mated. I tried to get as close as possible without disturbing them. This is another reason I'm glad no one was up there. As I'm sure some of you know...shooting bugs you end up in weird positions on the ground or propped against trees or rocks.

The whole scene was unbelievable. I hope to return one day and do it a justice. The last photos are of a male infringing on another male's territory. He show's his dissatisfaction with the upward abdomen curl, a sort of odonate middle finger. ;)

The head/humidity and the adrenaline wore me out and many times I retired in the shade and scoured the perimeter so I could shoot and rest at the same time. I saw some other amazing dragonflies (really cool Gomphidae obelisking) that I will post later. Since I got a late start I was also getting hungry.

I packed up, surveyed the landscape in front of me and tried to take it all in, then hopped on the scooter and headed back down the mountain. There was a place that looked like might or might not be a restaurant depending on ability to read Thai. I can't read Thai so I stopped and prepared for another embarrassing/awkward situation.

Whether or not it was a restaurant, the girl brought me food. She was also breastfeeding a baby while we attempted to understand each other via gesture. And one gesture she made before the one symbolizing eating...was the gesture of inhaling a marijuana joint. She also knew the word "weed".

So...all of those people on my way up the mountain had not been asking me for cigarettes after all...everyone was trying to sell me drugs.

[I should have known this actually--Pai is a notorious backpacker town--I only visited because I knew the streets were less crowded than Chiang Mai and I wanted to ride a bike through the mountains.]

I declined and reiterated that I only wanted whatever the food gesture meant.

Thanks if you made it to the end.

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The geodata for this one is off--I just used the guesthouse because I couldn't find the waterfall on the map. If I find the name I will update it.

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Organ-pipe Mud-dauber Wasp Trypoxylon politum

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magazhu

Date

May 6, 2016

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harumkoh

Date

April 24, 2016 11:56 AM JST

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Japanese Black Pine Pinus thunbergii

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harumkoh

Date

April 9, 2016 02:54 PM JST

Description

クロマツ.

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Eastern Cicada-killer Wasp Sphecius speciosus

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Date

September 7, 2015 11:24 AM EDT

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Date

July 25, 2015 04:26 PM EDT

Description

Psen erythropoda. Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC, USA

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Autumn Meadowhawk Sympetrum vicinum

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Date

November 2, 2015 02:56 PM PST

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Straw-coloured Fruit Bat Eidolon helvum

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martingrimm

Date

October 17, 2015 03:50 PM CEST

Place

Tanzania (Google, OSM)

Description

A colony my Safari guide knew from his German course in the Goethe Institute in Dar es Salaam. The bats were located in the garden of the institute some years ago. When we arrived there, the trees were cut down (also done some time ago), but the security people helped: The colony is now located directly along the highway - opposite of the GIZ. The first tree is located in the garden of a chinese restaurant. According to some people around, they eat the bats in the restaurant.
Exact number is difficult, probably more than 10.000 but less than 100.000 individuals.

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Date

July 26, 2013

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Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides

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harumkoh

Date

October 12, 2015 12:49 PM JST

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harumkoh

Date

September 2, 2015 03:08 PM JST

Description

マユタテアカネ.

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Date

August 22, 2015 10:54 AM JST

Description

I find same bee in end of August in same place, same flower almost every year.
japanese name: ルリモンハナバチ.
may parasite to Amegilla florea florea(スジボソコシブトハナバチ).

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harumkoh

Date

September 28, 2013 02:35 PM JST

Description

I love this dragonfly. :-)