Monday, January 8, 2018

Thornbush Dasher

Erika and I were just leaving the Six-Dog-eating Crocodile Pond at the Ensenada Lodge (Puntarenas, Costa Rica) on 8 July, when we spied a different dragonfly. The ode flew among the tree branches and bushes at the edge of the water. It was relatively large and sported numerous yellow spots along the upper-side of its abdomen. The green eyes are also obvious. This dasher held its wings downward as it perched on the shoreline vegetation.

Dennis identified it for us as a Thornbush Dasher. The species is found north to eastern Texas and south to Panama and through the Greater Antilles. Just a week earlier, I tried to identify a Blue Dasher as this species. Just for the record, here is a photo of the Blue Dasher taken on 30 June 2017 in Flower Mound, Texas. The abdomen spots and the eyes are clearly different than those of the Thornbush Dasher.

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