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A selection of beautiful dragonflies and damselflies I've photographed lately, and a little about them.

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Some dragonflies you see everywhere when they're in season (maybe even from your front porch!) Others are a little more selective about their habitat. Slaty Skimmer seems to be one of the selective types. I seldom see them in general, but on the shores of Pink Lake in the Gatineau, they were perched on every other bush and flower.

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The Halloween Pennants I photographed at Bill Mason Centre were females or immature males. This one is a mature male, or close to it. I found him at Andrew Haydon Park of all places. He was perched by one of the small ponds, and as if he needed the help, a bright late-afternoon sun shone behind me as I pointed the camera at him.

The male Halloween Pennnant is the inspiration for the title quote of this post, borrowed from here.

Another view of him.

Twelve-Spotted Skimmer. Findable pretty much anywhere! Unlike darners, skimmers tend to perch out in the open and make themselves easy to see.

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Violet Dancer. Like Slaty Skimmer, this damselfly is abundant at Pink Lake; I've also seen them elsewhere in the Gatineau such as at Chelsea Creek. I love how his thorax looks like a chunk of amethyst.

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A mating pair of bluets, exact species unknown. Bluets are the tiny cerulean blue damselflies you see in summer, often teeming in the grass and underbrush near pond shores.

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August 30th, 2013 at 8:15 pm
Gorgeous photos, Suzanne! While all of them are lovely, the last two are my favourite. Violet Dancers are such an amazing hue of purple, and I tend to see them on the ground rather than on vegetation. It's lovely to see them on the green blade of grass! I also like the colours of the last photo - the bluets really stand out!

August 31st, 2013 at 5:08 pm
Thank you! It was indeed a rare opportunity with the Violet Dancer. At Pink Lake they usually rest on the boardwalk.

August 30th, 2013 at 9:56 pm
Very nice... really like the colors in the last two, and the red veins in the pennant wings are very neat!