justine wrote: ↑Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:20 pm
This landed on my hand yesterday. It startled me and it flew to the gate. I was able to grab my phone and take a few pics. I don't know if i'm more amazed at the dragonfly or that i actually took a great pic.
Good call, what you've got their is a 12 spotted skimmer. Also for the future references the easiest way to tell if it is indeed a dragonfly is to look at the wings. If the wings are like in your photo it is a dragon fly, if the wings are folded up against another it is not a dragon fly but a damsel fly.
I think most adults can tell just by the size of the insect alone (damsel fly being dwarfs in comparison). The above is a useful thing to tell your younger children if you go out for a hike and you see them flying around. It's a teachable moment and every time they see one they will likely chime in with much excitement if it is one or not.
Its easy to know what you are against, quite an honour to know what you are for.