Bring out your wildlife photos (good ones, mind you); I can never have enough of them on hand.
Today have another slew of great insect photos, with documentation, by Mark Sturtevant. His notes are indented.
Here are yet more pictures of insects taken over the previous summer.
VINTAGE 1984 KENNER STAR WARS B-WING FIGHTER COMPLETE.
The picture of the female is one of my favorite pictures from last summer. It is especially recommended that people embiggen this one, for she is a creature of great ethereal beauty.
Next is a mating pair of six-spotted tiger beetles (Cicindella sexguttata), by far the most common of our local species of these predatory beetles. One can see here that males have slightly longer mandibles, and that their added length assists them during mating.
SARAH BRYANT VIRTUA FIGHTER - 2P Version figma Max Factory AUTHENTIC figure NIP Vintage 1984 TARZAN King of the Apes with KALA Action Figure DAKINVINTAGE 1985 KENNER M.A.S.K. SERIES 1 SWITCHBLADE VEHICLE WITH MILES MAYHEMSb Kitakadai Bikkyo Ise Shima 25 Showdown Sengoku Seal
Next we move on to Odonates. The first two are male and female vVintage 1980’s Original Coleco Starcom LOT Parts, Vehicles, Figures, Accessories (Argia fumipennis). The male is young. As he matures, he will gradually turn a violet color as shown in the linked picture.
Moving on to dragonflies, the last three pictures are from the large family of ‘skimmers’ (Libellulidae). The first is a young male (Libellula pulchella). They will develop white markings on their wings as they age.
Vintage 1985 Star Wars AMANAMAN UKG 85% Rare Original Power of the Force No AFASCARFACE THE PLAYER ACTION FIGURE MAZCO 2005 BRAND NEW IN BOXSCE EXCLUSIVE GOW MARCUS FENIX goldEN LANCER 3.75 POP VINYL FIGURE FUNKO SDCCSchleich 21049 Figure PLAYSET, 24,3 x 8,3 x 19 cm
The second dragonfly is a female (Libellula semifasciata), and seeing it was a big surprise since I thought their range did not extend as far north as where I lived. It wanted to perch up high so the views were fore-shortened, unfortunately. So the picture is actually several different pictures that were taken at different focal points and then blended together by hand.
Finally, we have a male Eastern amberwing (Perithemis tenera). The amberwing is one of our smallest dragonflies, with a body barely an inch long
Schleich Hulk SL21504 Miniature Figure Toy There are so many dragonfly pictures from last summer, including many new species, that I probably should prepare some posts here that are dedicated to them. This is a Good Thing since I love dragonflies most of all.