08.09.2020 Ruby Meadowhawk Obelisking

I walked the rail trail by Poor Farm Swamp yesterday hoping for dragonflies but it was early, cool, and cloudy…not the best weather to find them. Before dinner last night I went out in the front yard with the flash setup to see what I could see and there was a dragonfly zipping around.  It chose a rhododendron leaf to obelisk upon and cool down in the hot sun.

Ruby Meadowhawk-Sympetrum rubicundulum.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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22 Responses to 08.09.2020 Ruby Meadowhawk Obelisking

  1. krikitarts says:

    And you were ready for the moment. Well done–it paid off.

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  2. Plenty of towns have erected obelisks. You’ve made me wonder whether any town has ever erected a sculpture of an obelisking dragonfly, and whether any sculptor has ever created one.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    I learned only recently (within the past week) that obelisking is only one way for dragonflies to cool down. When they hold their wings forward, shading their thorax, they’re engaged in the same sort of behavior.

    Initially, I thought the wings-forward example I’d found was a meadowhawk, but she turned out to be a seaside dragonlet (Erythrodiplax berenice), a species we share. I didn’t find one on your blog; since they’re a saltwater species, you may not see them.

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    • Nope. I’ve not seen one…just left that comment on your posting. Up until now, I haven’t really thought about insects, aside from those that bite, when visiting Acadia but I am sure they are flying there as well. Next time, who knows when that will be, I’ll keep them in mind when in Maine.
      Dragonflies are so graceful which is a surprise for such a tenacious and vicious hunter.

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  4. Nice Steve! Always fun to photograph dragonflies!


  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Amazing acrobats! Every August, I look forward to their nightly aerial shows off our deck.

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  6. It’s always nice when you catch them zipping and then they settle for you. That don’t happen often here, they usually just carry on zipping until they have zipped off. Beautiful shots, Steve.

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  7. At times most of the excitement happens right at our doorsteps!

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  8. Angela Moyer says:

    Wow, incredible detail! Amazing images!

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