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Costa Rica 2018

Damselflies and Dragonflies

All photographs ©2018.  Abbreviations:  BCNP = Barulio Carillo National Park; CP = Cope's Place and environs; SV = Selva Verde Lodge; LSBS = La Selva Biological Station; LDL = Laguna del Lagarto Lodge; AOL = Arenal Observatory Lodge.  I am indebted to Dennis Paulson who was our odonate teacher on this particular trip and was so patient in helping us all ID our photographic treasures!


Tikal Spreadwing (Lestes tikalus) LSBS

Arch-tipped Shadowdamsel (Palaemnema collaris) BCNP

Redstripe Rubyspot (Hetaerina miniata) LSBS


Smoky Rubyspot (Hetaerina titia)  LDL


Pale-faced Flatwing (Heteragrion albifrons) BCNP

Red-and-black Flatwing (Heteragrion erythrogastrum)


Costa Rican Wedgetail (Acanthagrion speculum) Left SVL, right LSBS


Green-eyed Dancer (Argia frequentula) LDL

Bristle-tipped Dancer (Argia johannella)  LDL

Oculate Dancer (Argia oculata)


Purple Dancer (Argia pulla)  LDL


Dusky Dancer (Argia translata)  Male left (LDL), female right (SVL)


Tiny Forktail (Ischnura capreolus), female left, male right (SVL)

Blue-winged Helicopter (Megaloprepus caerulatus)  SVL


Caribbean Yellowface (Neoerythromma cultellatum)  LDL

Amelia's Threadtail (Neoneura amelia)  SVL

Marsh Firetail (Telebasis digiticollis) "in the wheel" - SVL

Fiery Darner (Coryphaeschna diapyra)  SVL


Dark-saddled Darner (Gynacantha membranalis)  LDL


Lowland Knobtail (Epigomphus tumefactus)  SVL


Red-tailed Pennant (Brachymesia furcata)  AOL


Gray-waisted Skimmer (Cannaphila insularis) male - SVL


Gray-waisted Skimmer (Cannaphila insularis) two different females - LSBS


Andagoya Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax andagoya) Male left, immature right (LDL)


Andagoya Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax andagoya) Females (LDL)


Scarlet Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax castanea) Male left, female right (LDL)

Red-mantled Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax fervida)  LSBS


Red-faced Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax fusca)  Female left, male right (LDL)

Hercules Skimmer (Libellula herculea)  AOL

Metallic Pennant (Idiataphe cubensis)  LDL


Black Dasher (Micrathyria atra)  SVL

Peten Dasher (Micrathyria debilis)  LDL

Square-spotted Dasher (Micrathyria ocellata)  SVL

Possible Little Swamp Dasher (Micrathyria pseudeximia) female (LDL)

Glossy-fronted Dryad (Nephepeltia flavifrons)  LDL


Spine-bellied Dryad (Nephepeltia phryne), "in the wheel" at left  (SVL)

Carmine Skimmer (Orthemis discolor)  SVL


Red-tailed Skimmer (Orthemis schmidti)  Female left, male right (LDL)

Pond Amberwing (Oerithemis mooma)  LDL


Undescribed amberwing (Perithemis sp.)  I was calling it "Banded"...  SVL

Mexican Scarlettail (Paniplax sanguiniventris)  LDL

Brilliant Redskimmer (Rhodopygia hinei)  SVL

Arch-tipped Glider (Tauriphila argo)  SVL


Tropical Woodskimmer (Uracis imbuta)  Male left, female right  (LDL)


Amazon Sapphirewing (Zenithoptera fasciata)  Female left, male right (LDL)

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