forlornhop

forlornhop

Posted on 12/15/2013


Photo taken on December  7, 2013


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dragonfly
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Canberra
Orthetrum caledonicum
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Seriously. How is a person supposed to identify an insect, when it doesn't look anything like its name suggests? I devoted more than an hour, this morning, to browsing several web sites, trying to identify this little dragonfly. Having narrowed the search down to two almost-but-not-quite matches, it was only because one site had given an incorrect common name for it that I found it.

If you can believe it, this is a Blue Skimmer, also known as Orthetrum caledonicum. Males of the species have dark heads and thorax with a 'pruinescent' tail, which means that it exudes a substance which turns the dragonfly blue or powdery. Thus the name and so, meet Mrs Skimmer.

And look at that, Mum. I learned something new today. :)

just"jj", RQ 01012015, Brian, tiabunna and 5 other people have particularly liked this photo


19 comments - The latest ones
beverleyplaya
beverleyplaya
o0o he is a beauty indeed ... but blue ...? so this is the female then ;-) oOo
well taken .. and the background really is beautiful indeed ... oOo
4 years ago.
forlornhop has replied to beverleyplaya
Thanks Bev. It is a female. As to the background... well, my backyard is a little over grown with dandelions at the moment. I should mow it, but the flowers attract so many insects. :)
4 years ago.
beverleyplaya has replied to forlornhop
o0o wrong time of year to mow maybe ;-) silly me I forget
you are in g'day land ;-) hey get the mower out matey ;-) oOo

she looks as if she is hanging on for dear life ;-) did she
hear the mower !
4 years ago.
forlornhop has replied to beverleyplaya
I think she was a little nervous about the wally crawling through the grass and dandelions, trying to get close enough to photograph her. :)
4 years ago.
Dynamo
Dynamo
nice close-up...
4 years ago.
forlornhop has replied to Dynamo
Thanks AJ.
4 years ago.
Ian Grainger
Ian Grainger
It's a very colourful little beauty! Insect naming, especially the common names, can be a nightmare! I recently found a lovely little brown butterfly that I later found out was called a Silver Studded Blue! Go figure! Apparently, only the males are blue - I'd photographed a female! :-/
4 years ago.
forlornhop has replied to Ian Grainger
It can be frustrating.
4 years ago.
Gerlinde
Gerlinde
superb shot! very beautiful details!
4 years ago.
forlornhop has replied to Gerlinde
Thanks Gerlinde.
4 years ago.
beverleyplaya
beverleyplaya
ADMIRED in NATURE 4U

G'day mate
4 years ago.
forlornhop has replied to beverleyplaya
Wotcher!
4 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
An excellent capture, Dave. I fully recognise the problem: grab a shot of the ?? and then try to ID the thing! Getting the shot becomes the easy part! And yes, all too often the names have no obvious relation to anything. :)
4 years ago.
forlornhop has replied to tiabunna
It can be a difficult process, George, but rewarding in the end. Nice to get a name for the little creatures.
4 years ago.
Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
A rich macro image. Beautiful color.
4 years ago.
forlornhop has replied to Dave Linscheid
Thanks Dave.
4 years ago.
Brian
Brian
Excellent!
4 years ago.
forlornhop has replied to Brian
Cheers!
4 years ago.
Serge Schmitt
Serge Schmitt
Interesting compo.
4 years ago.