4 thoughts on “Dragonfly at the hosta

    1. Deer ate the hostas, except for the one at the front steps; this one helped to attract the hummingbirds this year; the feeder is right next to it. As of this week, the hosta flowers have passed – the dragon fly image is about a month old.

  1. Hmm this was an interesting challenge for me and I don’t have super high confidence in the ID, but because of the two very distinct stripes on the thorax, a hint of grey hairs underneath, and because of its dangling perch I’m going with Cordelugaster Maculatum , the Twin-Spotted Spiketail.

    I would have liked it better if the field guides had mentioned the amber stigmata on the wings which are backlit so distinctly in the shot, but they don’t.


    Stokes says this, ”Most Spiketails inhabit very small streams, trickles and seepage – areas in which few other dragonflies are present” which might provide some corroboration, or cast further doubt on my ID.

    C. Maculata is a large dragonfly, 2-3/4 inches, which seems possible to me by comparison with the hosta flowers, but if the subject is much smaller than that, say 1-3/4 inches one might have to consider something else like the Lancet Club Tail.

    Also according to Odonata Central’s iPhone app it’s relatively late to be seeing C. Maculatum so I’m hoping these were early blooming hostas and the picture was taken a few weeks earlier and has been in the photo editing queue for a while.

    1. for clarification: (1) subject was relatively large; 2 inches or more seems right (2) photo is month old -approx (3) small streams and trickles are here
      The good focus on the wing layout and the interesting little amber section is my favorite parts on this image; not sure if the hidden aft end would assist in identification

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