Large Dragonflies Mating

I think this photo of two large Dragonflies mating is Gray Petaltails. I posted a couple of photos of a Dragonfly with a Swallowtail Butterfly a couple of days ago and I identified the Dragonfly as a Gray Petaltail and no one has corrected me yet. I have so many different Dragonflies around my place here in Arkansas.… Read More »

Dragonfly With A Swallowtail Butterfly

I think the name of this Dragonfly with a Swallowtail Butterfly is a Gray Petaltail. I have been seeing a large number of these Dragonflies around my place here in the Ouachita National Forest of Arkansas. These Dragonflies are very large and I have been trying to find a way to photograph one so that I could show… Read More »

Four-toothed Mason Wasp Making Mud Ball

It took me awhile to figure out that this wasp was a Four-toothed Mason Wasp. I have a metal wind chime on my deck and this wasp packs caterpillars and mud in the metal tubes of this wind chime. I was able to spot it making mud balls, one day on the road near my house so I… Read More »

Robber Fly Mustache

Can you see the mustache on this Robber Fly? The Robber Fly mustache is the dense, stiff bristles on the face. Wikipedia states that this is called the mystax, a term derived from the Greek mystakos meaning “moustache” or “upper lip”. The mystax have been suggested to afford some protection for the head and face when the flies… Read More »

Dragonfly Swarm

Last week I noticed a Dragonfly swarm on the county road that I walk several times a day here in Arkansas. This was in the afternoon during the hot part of the day. I tried to make a photo, but I couldn’t mainly because of the harsh sunlight. I think it was a feeding swarm because the dragonflies… Read More »