posted by rilkefan at 09:42
The bug appears to be a dragonfly.
An orange, enormous, fuzzy dragonfly?
Here's a similar Dragonfly I shot at my home.Crimson dragonflyIt's hard to get an idea of the size without reference points. Mine is about 2 inches long.
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.
Dragonflies come in many shapes and sizes.See here Digital Dragonfly Museum The smaller bugs similar to dragonflies may be damselflies.
Actually, I meant many colors and sizes. There is some variation in shape, but they are fairly similar.
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!"
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