Sunday, November 8, 2009

Meadowhawks

This weeks Macro pics were taken near the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge in the Minnesota Valley NWR in September. Both of these dragonfly are meadowhawks, smaller dragonflies that are usually seen more often in late summer and fall.
I am not sure which type of meadowhawk is featured in the first pic, perhaps a ruby or cherry-faced meadowhawk. There are several types of meadowhawks that can only be distinguished when they are in hand under a magnifying glass. The second pic appears to be a white-faced meadowhawk which can be identified by the bright white face.

9 comments:

awarewriter said...

I always look forward to your wonderful photos. I especially like the second shot.

Gel said...

Exquisite detail. I love seeing these against rocks. (I have a thing for rocks.) Your macros are gorgeous. I'm still learning how to focus... And those bird photos in your slide show are to luscious!

pierre/magdalena said...

So beatiful dragonfly and you have wonderful macro image.

vrtlarica said...

How beautiful dragonflies! Pictures are lovely. Dragonflies are usualy moving around a lot and its difficult to get clear shot of them. Great macros!

Jama said...

What a co-incidence, I too post a picture of a red dragonfly for Macro Monday .

Randy Emmitt said...

Sweet finding these tiny dragons. Meg saw an Autumn Meadowhawk on our porch railing on Saturday, Autumn is the only one we have here so the ID is easy. Given your first photo shows brown legs and not black legs I'd say it is an Autumn Meadowhawk.

Honey Mommy said...

Dragonflies are hard to get! Nice photos!

dutchbaby said...

You must have great reflexes to capture this flighty nymph. Love the facial expression in the second photo.

Dave Ingram said...

Very nice dragonfly photographs - it's helpful when they sit still for a minute! I like the perspective in the second image.