While dallying at the water's edge, several of them flew up to me and checked me out, up and down, side to side, before continuing on their hunt for a tasty treat. Just shy of 2" long, they seemed bigger in mid flight. Red Saddlebags are of the family of skimmers, and are very beneficial, as they feed on mosquitos and small flies. Skimmers are noted to be the most common and the most colorful of the dragonfly family. Greg Lasley, a nature photographer, has some exquisite photos of Red Saddlebags.
I had to lean way out over the water to grab this shot of the Desert Firetail (Telebasis salva). I had never seen such a fiery red damselfly before and couldn't resist almost falling into the water for this shot. I wish I could have gotten closer. I was surprised to read that they frequent only 3 states -Texas, Arizona, and California. I guess I'm a lucky girl to have spotted them at the pond.
And I was excited to find a different meadowhawk than those that frequent my wet meadow up in Cape Breton.
(Sympetrum corruptum )
The other damselflies and spreadwings that I observed at the pond were almost impossible for me to identify through the photos I took. They were everywhere! They literally carpeted the surface of the water. Usually I am quite satisfied with my little camera, but this day I wished I had a better outfit!
|I saved this little guy from drowning. He sat in the sun on my knee for about 5 minutes before he flew away.|
I guess you get the idea!