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Other Invertebrates - Dragonflies

 

Female Common Green Darner, Bentsen Rio Grande SP

 

Common Green Darners in tandem, Estero Llano Grande SP

 

    

Blue-faced Darner with lunch, Estero Llano Grande SP

 

Martin Reid found this Caribbean Darner at Santa Ana NWR, so rare it's not even in the books yet!

 

   

My life Bar-sided Darner along the Green Jay Trail, Estero Llano Grande SP (right shot not all that hot, but you can see the two dots on the side of the thorax).

 

 

Male Broad-striped Forcepttail, Estero Llano Grande SP

 

   

Female Broad-striped Forcepttail, Santa Ana NWR

 

   

Female Eastern Ringtail; Roma Bluffs left, Bentsen Rio Grande SP right

 

Female Five-striped Leaftail, Roma Bluffs

 

   

Eastern Ringtail; male left (Yturrias Tract), female right (Chapeño)

 

Male Sulphur-tipped Clubtail, Bentsen Rio Grande SP

 

   

Female Sulphur-tipped Clubtail (same location)

 

   

Male Ringed Forcepttail, NABA Garden

 

       

Female Ringed Forcepttail, Mission

 

           

Five-striped Leaftail (Chapeño left, Bentsen Rio Grande SP right)

 

   

Being bombed by a Mexican Scarlettail at right (same location)

 

Female Five-striped Leaftail, Bentsen Rio Grande SP

 

Russet-tipped Clubtail, Falcon SP

 

       

Male Red-tailed Pennant, Texan Guest Ranch

 

   

Female Red-tailed Pennant, Falcon SP (Starr Co.)  Could the one on the left actually be a young male?

 

Four-spotted Pennant in typical tree-top pose, Bentsen Rio Grande SP

 

   

Four-spotted Pennants at eye level, Estero Llano Grande SP

 

A more colorful individual (Estero Llano Grande SP)

 

                   

Female Tawny Pennant, Falcon SP (Starr Co.)

 

   

Male Tawny Pennants, Estero Llano Grande SP

 

A Tawny Pennant tries to push a Four-spotted Pennant off his perch (Estero Llano Grande SP)

 

   

Halloween Pennant; Bentsen Rio Grande SP left, Yturrias Tract right

 

Male Checkered Setwing, Yturrias Tract

 

   

Female Checkered Setwing, Yturrias Tract

 

    

Black Setwing (Chapeño left, Texan Guest Ranch right)

 

Immature male (?) Black Setwing, Texan Guest Ranch

 

Female Black Setwing, Frontera Audubon Thicket

 

   

Female Black Setwing that was rescued from a spider web at Texan Guest Ranch

 

   

Male Pin-tailed Pondhawk, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands

 

Immature male Pin-tailed Pondhawk, Resaca de la Palma SP

 

Female Pin-tailed Pondhawk, Bentsen Rio Grande SP

 

           

Male Eastern Pondhawk; Santa Ana NWR left, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands right

 

Another male Eastern Pondhawk, Estero Llano Grande SP

 

   

Immature male Eastern Pondhawk; Texan Guest Ranch left, Bentsen Rio Grande SP right

 

   

Female Eastern Pondhawk, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands left; Bentsen Rio Grande SP right

 

   

Great Pondhawk, Estero Llano Grande SP

 

   

Normally only found near the coast, this Seaside Dragonlet was hanging out at Estero Llano Grande SP in Hidalgo County; most are jet-black, but like many dragonflies, the males become "pruinose" or more chalky-looking with age.

 

   

Male Band-winged Dragonlet; Texan Guest Ranch left, Estero Llano Grande SP right

 

   

Immature male (?) Band-winged Dragonlet, Estero Llano Grande SP

 

   

Female Band-winged Dragonlet, Estero Llano Grande SP.  Left shot was taken in natural light, right was with the flash.

 

   

Another female Band-winged Dragonlet, Santa Ana NWR

 

   

This rare Metallic Pennant checks us out at the Yturrias Tract!  Note the snowy sheen to the wings.

 

       

Needham's Skimmer; female left (Santa Ana NWR), immature male right (Bentsen Rio Grande SP)

 

       

Adult male Needham's Skimmer; Estero Llano Grande left, Bentsen Rio Grande SP right

 

Twelve-spotted Skimmer, Texan Guest Ranch

 

       

Male Marl Pennant; Estero Llano Grande left, Laguna Atascosa NWR right

 

Female Marl Pennant, Cannon Road Loop

 

Straw-colored Sylph, Falcon SP (Starr Co.)

 

       

Head and side view, Texan Guest Ranch

 

       

Hyacinth Gliders, Estero Llano Grande SP

 

     

Male Spot-tailed Dasher; Bentsen Rio Grande SP left, Texan Guest Ranch right

 

 

Female Spot-tailed Dasher, Santa Ana NWR

 

   

Three-striped Dasher, Bentsen Rio Grande SP

 

   

Male Thornbush Dasher; Laguna Atascosa NWR left, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands right

 

   

A very blue-eyed individual, Santa Ana NWR

 

   

Female Thornbush Dasher; Texan Guest Ranch left, Laguna Atascosa NWR right

 

A paler female Thornbush Dasher, Santa Ana NWR

 

   

Old (?) female Thornbush Dasher, Bentsen Rio Grande SP

 

       

Immature Thornbush Dashers (above and below), Laguna Atascosa NWR

 

       

 

   

Carmine Skimmer, Bentsen Rio Grande SP

 

   

 

Male Roseate Skimmer; Texan Guest Ranch left, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands right

 

Immature male (?) Roseate Skimmer, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands

 

   

Female Roseate Skimmer, Old Hidalgo Pumphouse left, Falcon SP (Starr Co.) right

 

   

More female Roseate Skimmers; Edinburg Scenic Wetlands (above and below)

 

   

 

   

Another Female Roseate Skimmer acting like a darner at Santa Ana NWR!

 

 

       

Male Blue Dasher; Bentsen Rio Grande SP left, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands right

 

   

Female Blue Dasher, Old Port Isabel Road

 

   

Immature female Blue Dasher, Estero Llano Grande SP

 

Young male (?) Blue Dasher, Monte Cristo Tract

 

Wandering Glider, Bentsen Rio Grande SP

 

   

Spot-winged Glider, Bentsen Rio Grande SP

 

     

Mexican Scarlettail, Bentsen Rio Grande SP 

 

       

Slough Amberwings, male left (Santa Ana NWR), female right (Old Hidalgo Pumphouse)

 

       

Male Eastern Amberwing; Texan Guest Ranch left, Falcon SP right

 

   

Female Eastern Amberwing; Cannon Road Loop left, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands right

 

   

Dark female Eastern Amberwing, Old Hidalgo Pumphouse

 

 

 

 

This Common Whitetail showed up in Berry Nall's yard in Falcon Heights:  while common as dirt north of us, they're accidental in the Valley!

 

       

Filigree Skimmer, "obelisking" at right.  Check out the striped eyes!  (La Puerta Tract)

 

   

Female Variegated Meadowhawk, La Sal del Rey (the two spots on the thorax are diagnostic)

 

Immature Variegated Meadowhawk, Falcon SP (Starr Co.)

 

     

Variegated Meadowhawks along the Bayside tour route, Laguna Atascosa NWR

 

        

The two yellow dots on the thorax and the patterned abdomen are diagnostic.

 

          

 

Striped Saddlebags, Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR (Monte Cristo Tract)

 

Male Red Saddlebags, Estero Llano Grande SP

 

   

Female Red Saddlebags; La Sal Tracts left, Cannon Road Loop right

 

Red Saddlebags in tandem, Estero Llano Grande SP

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