Monday, October 25, 2010

Belize Dragonflies


One thing we had noticed right away when we go off the plane in Placencia was the hordes of dragon flies everywhere; we easily saw tens of thousands the afternoon of our arrival.


I have taken photos when I can, but am not familiar at all with the names or specifics (I can generally tell the difference between a dragon and damsel, but that is about it). And as I write this on the veranda I have no reference books or access to the internet, so the individuals in the photos will go un-named -- unless someone recognizes them and lets me know what they are (Help! Please!).  I will have more photos later, too.

This one I do know. ;-) It is a Tropic Air prop plane similar to the Maya Island Air prop plane on which we arrived. It is not much bigger than some of the dragons …

6 comments:

  1. That must have been a spectacular sight. Great pics.
    Cheers Colin.

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  2. No help with IDs I'm afraid but what an amazing sight they must all be. I particularly like the one in the bottom right corner, that looked a very impressive character.

    So glad 'Richard' missed you!

    I was sure I had commented on your 'kitchen sink' post as I definitely viewed it, it made me smile all day to think someone really had taken everything plus the kitchen sink :)

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  3. Not sure either about the specific species of butterfly but you have captured wonderful sharp clear images.It;s easier to identify a kitchen sink! enjoyed your previous post.

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  4. The lower left corner and lower middle are tropical dashers (Microthyria sp.) I'll try to get some info on the others next week at work where I have my references.

    Doug T. Gossamer Tapestry

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  5. The lower right corner is a Great Pondhawk (Erythemis vesiculosa). Your photo catches the green stigmata nicely. Would you be so kind as to drop me an email (dtaron@gmail.com)? The dragonfly migration group will be meeting in a week and a half, and I'd like to share some of your observations with the group. Thanks.

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  6. Doug -- thanks for the IDs! An email is on its way.
    cheers,
    Wilma

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