Despite the Rain…Dragonflies

In the few, rare, sunny days that we have had, here, we have gotten out and about to enjoy this beautiful part of Sweden.  I have even gotten my hands on a few dragonflies, but have yet to see a single damselfly.

In this part of the world, one may see some of the same species (this generalization includes plants, birds, mushrooms, etc) that occur in Minnesota.  Although we are currently at the same latitude as Homer, Alaska, the climate here is much milder than we have in Finland, Minnesota.  The summers are cooler and the winters are warmer, especially since climate change has altered the Atlantic currents.  (Last year the lakes did not even freeze in the winter…this is Sweden!)

I acknowledge that I may have misidentified one or more of these…

Kurt

ps.  One of these days Betsey and I will learn how to insert pictures into this blog.  Until then, they go where they want to.

 

  

Brown Hawker - top

Brown Hawker - top

Brown Hawker - face

Brown Hawker - face

The Brown Hawker, Aeshna grandis was first described by Linnaeus in 1758.  Check out the amber/orange tint to the wings.  Lovely, but then I’m a geek.The Brown Hawker, Aeshna grandis, on a rare sunny day.

The Brown Hawker, Aeshna grandis, on a rare sunny day.

 

 

Female Southern Hawker - photo taken by Betsey at Röttneros Park.

 

I have photographed several Sympetrums (known in North America as Meadowhawks).  ID is difficult, as it is in NA, too.

I have photographed several Sympetrums (known in North America as Meadowhawks). ID is difficult, as it is in NA, too.


Perhaps Sympetrum sanguineum

The Black Sympetrum, Sympetrum danae, known as the Black Meadowhawk in North America.

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One Response to “Despite the Rain…Dragonflies”

  1. Jocelyn Says:

    And yet…your photos seem perfectly inserted. Hmm.

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