Dragonfly / Damselfly

Did you visit Sandia and would like to share your images taken while there? We would be happy to post them here for you. Email them with your name for crediting your images and dragonfly ID if you know it to: Steve, selfring(at)bigbend(dot)net

Dragonflies are important to the life cycle of wetlands. They lay their eggs in the ponds that develop into larvae. The shorebird relies on these larvae for food. The larvae feed on other invertebrates and those that survive crawl out of the water onto a reed and break out of their exoskeleton to become a dragonfly. It is at this time that birds can pick the maturing dragonfly off for a tasty meal. The cycle goes on. Dragonflies migrate in Spring and Fall.  Presently there is a Citizen Scientist program to observe their migration and report findings. The Balmorhea wetlands is unique in that it is the only wetland through the central Trans Pecos.

For move information go to:  Migratory Dragonfly Partnership

 

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flameskimmerfemale

FLAMING SKIMMER

easternpondhawkimmale

EASTERN PONDHAWK

rosseatedcroped

ROSEATED SKIMMER

varigatedmeadowhawklaying1

VARIEGATED PONDHAWK (laying eggs)

commacheskimmer

COMMANCHE SKIMMER

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