Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Descriptive Dot-tailed Whiteface

Have you ever wondered how a bird, plant, animal or insect got its name? When you look at things like red-bellied woodpeckers and ring-necked ducks do you think that the person who named them must have been on crack?
Well the dot-tailed whiteface dragonfly is not in that category. As you can see from the top picture this pond skimmer does have a dot near the end of its abdomen, which many people call a tail. The photo above demonstrates that it is indeed a member of the genus Leucorrhinia, or whiteface. A common dragonfly seen around here especially early in the summer, they are easy to identify because of their aptly descriptive name.


11 comments:

Leora said...

It certainly has intricate wings when you see it up close. And yes, I can see the dot.

Victoria said...

Superb macros... and the information is enlightening... I too have often wondered about how "they" came up with the names for some of our creatures!

lotusleaf said...

Wonderful macros! The white face is so prominent.

kris... said...

Love it! Dragonflies are awesome!

Linda Makiej said...

Really great shots!!

Kim, USA said...

And I also noticed the two dot on top of the wings. Great shot!!

Macro Monday

Just Bits and Pieces said...

Amazing shots!!!! And thank you for the info....unfortunately I have NO idea which species I shot today....

Autumn Belle said...

The white-faced and dot-tail is a simple but good name. In knowing the common names of plants and animals we get a glimpse of the culture of the people who spoke the particular language.

Teresa said...

Great capture! I love when the name actually makes sense.

Pialotta Sverige said...

Dragonflies are very beautiful on photos and in real life too .. I like yours a lot :)

lisaschaos said...

I have seen many dragons this year. :( Love yours!