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Photograph of a male Dot-Tailed Whiteface dragonfly, showing the bright white face, clear wings, and black body with one square yellow spot about 2/3 of the way down the abdomen.

I took this photo last July, near a bridge over the Kettle River in Banning State Park. There were lots of dragonflies, but I wasn't having much luck sneaking up on them, so I decided to stake out a pretty rock and hope a dragonfly would land on it. I didn't have to wait long at all before a Dot-Tailed Whiteface showed up; he even came back several times to perch at different angles.

Side view of the same dragonfly.
Top view of the same dragonfly.

Juvenile Dot-Tailed Whitefaces have more yellow markings, which darken as they get older, leaving just the one spot.

A juvenile female Dot-Tailed Whiteface.

Date: 2010-06-28 05:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] light-of-summer.livejournal.com
So many beautiful photos--thank you! I'm here on the recommendation of [personal profile] wild_irises--she was absolutely right that I would love your work! Thanks for setting up a feed and mentioning it on your DW profile--I look forward to seeing you on my LJ friends page.

I do a little nature photo-blogging over on LJ, mostly to find out more about the other life forms in my neighborhood, and to share what I find out. Feel free to drop by, if you like!

Warm regards,


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