Friday, August 12, 2005

Friday bug blogging


orange bug on water plant Posted by Picasa

There's a pair of these creatures that like the little fishpond near our house. Anyone know what sort of bug this is? Or what sort of plant it's on?

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Blogger Jay Sundahl said...

The bug appears to be a dragonfly.

12/8/05 20:35  
Blogger rilkefan said...

An orange, enormous, fuzzy dragonfly?

12/8/05 20:45  
Blogger Jay Sundahl said...

Here's a similar Dragonfly I shot at my home.

Crimson dragonfly


It's hard to get an idea of the size without reference points. Mine is about 2 inches long.

12/8/05 21:04  
Blogger rilkefan said...

Mrs. R., who's responsible for depth perception in our family, says "1.5-2 inches", and indeed my bug looks like yours, allowing for my inferior photographic technique.

The dragonflies I'm familiar with are much smaller and slenderer and are iridescent greenish black.

12/8/05 21:13  
Blogger Jay Sundahl said...

Dragonflies come in many shapes and sizes.
See here
Digital Dragonfly Museum


The smaller bugs similar to dragonflies may be damselflies.

12/8/05 21:31  
Blogger Jay Sundahl said...

Actually, I meant many colors and sizes. There is some variation in shape, but they are fairly similar.

12/8/05 21:39  
Blogger rilkefan said...

Thanks for the link. Who knew there were such interesting varieties? Like those of us who think moths are boring white suicidal pyromaniacs.

Mrs. R., on being shown the picture just now: "That's a dragonfly! Duh!"

12/8/05 22:44  

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