Saturday, July 08, 2006

Red Dragonfly


This is something I have never seen before. I took my family to Sea World on Thursday and right after we entered the park my wife pointed over and beckoned me to look at this bright red dragonfly. I quickly switched to a telephoto lens and snapped this shot from about 50 feet away.

If anyone knows anything about this species of Dragonfly I would appreciate some insight.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Fritz said...

Can't help you there. But in the few days you have home might I suggest your getting the movie "Dragonfly" with Kevin Costner and a big bowl of popcorn and a nice evening with your wife watching this great movie. I loved the ending.

5:18 AM  
Anonymous BWJones said...

The species is a Red-tailed Pennant or Brachymesia furcata which I'd seen in Texas, but I am surprised they are in California now....

6:12 AM  
Blogger flythemig29 said...

Thanks to bwjones for solving the mystery. BTW - We went to Sea World in San Antonio so that solves the location riddle. I can't ever remember seeing any dragonflies in SoCal in all the years we lived there.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Kasey said...

I happened to come along your blog via another link on a friends blog. I just wanted to say, thanks for fighting for our country. You may hear it a lot, but I really mean it. I miss TRUE patriotism. My grandpa fought in Germany, and I have always had a deep respect for those who fight in the American Military, sacrificing their lives. Anyhoo, thanks!

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Skye said...

What a lovely picture! Did you meet Shamu during your visit to Sea World? :)

One of these days I'm gonna make visit...

BTW - Does your telephoto lens have macro capability? I tend to use my telephoto lens more for macro shots than for subjects at a distance.

You have inspired my own Dragonfly, Butterfly and Bumblebee post - with a waterlily thrown in for good measure.

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in La Mirada CA and early this afternoon in a shopping center near my home, I spotted a red dragonfly. What a beautiful creature. I didn't realize there were such things. Anyway, that's the first time I've ever seen one. So somehow they have gotten to CA.

9:17 AM  
Blogger gourdlady said...

I live in Northern California, up in the Hills and just saw one of these beautyfull red Dragonflies. I dont have a great camera so wasn't able to make a nice picture.
That really made my day.
Thank you Soldiers..
Gourdlady

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Seattle, WA, and I just snapped a few pix of a red dragonfly on my car a few minutes ago. I've never seen a red one before so I came in to Google it and found your blog. Does anyone know why we are seeing these beauties all of a sudden?

4:14 AM  
Blogger betsy said...

It's December 28th 2008, an hour nroth of Sydney Australia, and I just spotted a squadron of these dazzling red-hot creatures gathered around some roses. I have never seen even one before. Googled, and like the commenter before me, found your site.
Beautiful dragons, great site.
EW, Cooranbong, NSW

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anna said...

I live in Carmel Valley, in Northern California, and I saw a red dragonfly yesterday in the yard. I've been trying to find info on it via the internet, and I found this page. I'd love more info...

1:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

June 4, 2009, Graham WA. My car was buzzed by the most brilliant red dragonfly while waiting for my spiced chai at Austin Chase coffee house on Meridian Ave. It is the first red dragonfly I have ever seen and it was magical! I certainly hope I see more of them.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Blue Roses said...

I don't know a thing in the world about these breath-takingly beautiful creatures....BUT an entire family has taken residence in and around my tiny little pond.

I live in southeast Texas and when I saw my first one last spring (2008), I thought, surely it was a fluke.

A few weeks ago, not only one was back, but several grace me with their flight every day. The reds are male and that's about the extent of my info.

The picture you captured is absolutely beautiful. Thanks.

BR/Linda

8:24 PM  
Blogger Hugh said...

1st Blog ever. I wish people would date their blogs. 7/18/09. Saw a red dragonfly in our back yard (San Mateo, CA). I've seen dragonflys since I was a kid but never red, that I can remember. I'm curious if it is native to Calfornia.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Temecula, Ca (about 45 minutes north of San Diego)
i've got a pair of red dragonfly's camped out around my backyard pool. they look nice out the window, but they also like to dive bomb my head when I go for a swim. there's also a bunch near the water hazards at the local golf course.

a clinical site.
http://sonic.net/~bigsnest/Pond/dragons/CA_key.html

12:21 AM  
Anonymous SteeleJ said...

I just moved to No Cal from So cal. I am half way between Sac. and Lake Taho and I have sevral of these beauties in my back yard. Have never seen them before.

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're not going to believe this, but I saw something that looked just like this in Canatara Park in Sarnia/Point Edward, Ontario, Canada! I was amazed, and googled red dragonfly to see what I came up with. I'm glad a picture was posted! Thanks!

4:30 AM  

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