Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Eastern Amberwing

 The Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly (Perithemis tenera)  is a small and very wary specimen found near fresh water ponds in the Eastern U.S.  The males have amber wings....the female's wings have brown spots.  Both have reddish pterostigma.  Above is a male.
The scientific name, tenera, means "delicate" and alludes to it's small size....the second smallest dragonfly in North America.  The smallest being the Elfin Skimmer.

 Here is a female with brown wing spots.  These photos were taken on Gasparilla Island, Florida.  The Amberwings were resting on Sea Grape trees (Coccoloba uvifrea).

An interesting behavior for this small, stubby dragonfly is it's imitation of a wasp.  Here is the posture it uses to fool potential predators.  Birds may well predate on small dragonflies, but don't wish to tangle with a 25mm wasp!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


 The Killdeer (Charadrius vociferous) is a medium-sized plover that can be found inland on open, grassy settings.


North America's most common shore-bird, the Killdeer is seen more in suburban settings than on the shore.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sinuos Bee Fly (Hemipenthes sinuos)


The Sinuos Bee Fly (Hemipenthes sinuosa) is a member of the Bombiliidae family, whose members prey on solitary bees.  The Bee Fly lays it's eggs in the  nesting tunnels of solitary bees, and then it's larvae prey on the bee larvae.  They do not prey on Honey Bees.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Seaside Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax berenice)

Female Seaside Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax berenice).  Year round resident of peninsula Florida.  This one seen in a grassy area, near a fresh water pond and marsh....and also near a mangrove forest.  Small and easily missed at 1.3 inches. 
Here's a nice piece about their behavior from the "Northeast Naturalist," and my friends at Eagle Hill Institute.  If you are in Maine this summer, be sure to check out all the wonderful activities there.