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ImageJRsbugs
Aug 17, 2010 11:46 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
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It's Dragonfly time!

This is a Southern Hawker female, laying her eggs on a mossy brick at the edge of my pond.

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ImageRidesredmule
Aug 17, 2010 11:51 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Gorgeous Dragon fly.
ImageJRsbugs
Aug 17, 2010 12:25 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
She is gorgeous Charleen, when you see the face properly it looks like Micky Mouse! Hilarious!

Her 'husband' comes often to hunt over the pond, she doesn't but came again today to lay more eggs. I had one last year laying around the pond, they go to foliage with some purple near the pond or if there's moss around the pond they lay in or near that. She kept going up to a purple pot near the pond!

The Mallards had eaten the moss which was under the slabs at the ends, but they are gone now so I got more from the greenhouses, I get wads of it growing in the gap between the sides and the roof. Today she laid near the moss on the side of the pond as well as on the brick, but last time she went to the Heuchera Silver Indiana which is either end of the bed behind the pond and a good 3 feet or more away! I think I found an egg on a leaf, not sure though but it was tiny and I don't know what else it could be.

This is the possible egg, around 1mm long.. does it look like a dragonfly egg? Big Grin

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ImageRidesredmule
Aug 17, 2010 12:41 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
I would n't know honey but wonder how long before it hatches? I have Dragon flies but not the same green as yours, she is beautiful.
Maybe we can look it up.
found this link.
http://www.umaine.edu/waterresearch/fieldguide/inthewater.ht...
they lay them in long gelantineous strings is what i understand.
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ImageJRsbugs
Aug 17, 2010 12:46 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
I found a site once that said they can take up to 90 or 100 days! I think this dragonfly can take 2 or 3 years to mature, that's a long time and if any managed to survive they have a long way to go yet.

Another site I found gave info about the eggs and how they develop, they can stand being dried or frozen!

I'll have to see if I can find it again.. it might be a while though, I have tons of pics to edit. Rolling my eyes.
ImageRidesredmule
Aug 17, 2010 12:55 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
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I saw this precious little jewel yesterday morning on my wisteria. He looks so Frail and delicate, I do hope he makes it.
I love frogs.
ImageJRsbugs
Aug 17, 2010 1:23 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Ooh he is so cute! Makes your heart melt doesn't it?

He might stand a good chance of survival, see how he (or she Rolling my eyes. ) has camouflaged against the leaves, down to the brown blotches surrounded by yellow! Clever thing! Lovey dubby
ImageRidesredmule
Aug 17, 2010 1:45 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Look what's on my humminbird feeders. I don't bother them either.
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These fellas don't play around either. Have to stay calm, no adrenaline rushes or they will be all over you.
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ImageJRsbugs
Aug 17, 2010 5:12 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Nice shots Charleen! It's one of those Spider Hunting wasps I believe.

Most wasps I 'know' are more scared of me, more so when I point the camera at them! Hilarious!
Imagewren
Aug 17, 2010 5:34 PM CST
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
I had a wasp hit me last summer and it felt like a rocket hit my shoulder. one of these girls
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ImageRidesredmule
Aug 17, 2010 5:51 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
I found a hornet nest. I will get you a picture. It is a large one, I got to show my husband. He has not seen it yet.
Those (in the bottom picture) are the kind that likes to get into a shed and zaps you when you are not looking. Just Bad Attitudes all the way around for those critters.
ImageJRsbugs
Aug 18, 2010 6:43 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
I hope the wasp didn't knock itself out when it hit your shoulder Sandy! Hilarious!

I wish I could find a Hornet's nest Charleen, I have the really big one we have here every year, Vespa crabro ssp. vexator. They are huge and make a terrifying buzz but they are gentle giants really.

This is the only opportunity I got to get a pic of one last year, on the greenhouse which has the grapes in, they love those but I don't have many this year. I like to share the grapes with them so I guess they will get them all this year.

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Imagewren
Aug 18, 2010 7:44 AM CST
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
The funny thing is that nest was in a bird feeder and they allowed me to fill it with out any fuss but when they moved there nest, it was another matter. I did not know that they where in the passion vine I was cutting back.
I had a huge bruise and a bite wound that took fore every to heal.
ImageRidesredmule
Aug 18, 2010 7:45 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Pretty wasp. I went down in Donkey pasture and got you a pic from afar. Dh said these wasps are vicious.
got three pic.
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Thumb of 2010-08-18/Ridesredmule/cbe405 You could see them buzzing in and out, I may get may and try to get closer.
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Imagewren
Aug 18, 2010 7:57 AM CST
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
move very very slow and do not jar anything and you can get closer.

Sandy
ImageRidesredmule
Aug 18, 2010 8:03 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Sandy, d see them going in and out that little entrance there on the bottom. The only thing that slowed me down was the fence panels, getting to old to be climbing, I could do it, just chose not too.
Imagewren
Aug 18, 2010 8:15 AM CST
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
ImageRidesredmule
Aug 18, 2010 9:59 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Must be nuts!!!!! Me, I went back to get us a picture. Had a little adventure too. Took all my fur baby dogs with me. then afterized I may have goofed up. One dog is German Shep/ Lab mix she walked right under the nest. I stayed as calm as I could, finally snapped one pic, one of those hornets came out of that nest and landed right on my glasses. Try to stay calm with that!!!! Took off the glasses shook off the bee , snapped a good pic (to me) and hauled butt out of there calling all the dogs. think Missy got stung/ I saw her snapping at one. Here is the picture. Thumb of 2010-08-18/Ridesredmule/5cf152
ImageJRsbugs
Aug 18, 2010 10:30 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Bravo Charleen!

You see what adventures bugs can get you into! All fun! Hilarious!

You got a very clear pic too, I know these don't take their time. Later I will see if I can find what they are, unless you have an idea already?

That nest is huge, there must be a very big colony there. So nice to see!
ImageRidesredmule
Aug 18, 2010 10:50 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
I DIDN'T DARE GET ANY CLOSER AND i DON'T THINK IT COULD BE ANY CLEARerDH says they will leave the nest when it gets cold ,so we will see if they do. . Yep, that's what they looked like. . Hit cap key...I'm not yelling. I promise....Whe the one hit my glasses , it shocked me !! Just know it's a hornet. WHEW!!!! glad I didn't get stung. I can say that now.
http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/iiin/bhornets.html Bald-faced Hornets is what I think they are, Janet.
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