Great Blue Skimmer dragonfly

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I spotted a Great Blue Skimmer dragonfly (Libellula vibrans) during a long photowalk through Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia. This individual is a male, as indicated by its blue coloration. (Females exhibit brown coloration.)

I shot this photo using an Apple iPhone 3GS. That means I had to get very close to the dragonfly to take a picture showing some detail. Dragonflies usually fly away when you get near them, but not this one. Call me crazy, but I think we bonded! I shot at least 20 photos of the dragonfly and it didn’t move. (More photos in a follow-up posting.) It blew my mind when the dragonfly flitted from its perch to land on my iPhone a few inches away. I wish I could have gotten a photo — it was incredible!

Editor’s Note: Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! Huh? Please do not be confused by the URL for this post — the dragonfly in the photograph (shown above) is definitely a “Great Blue Skimmer.” It turns out I misidentified this dragonfly as a “Blue Dasher” in my original post. Posterous derives the URL for a blog post from its title. If the title is changed after a post is published, then the URL does not change. That’s just one of the little idiosyncrasies of Posterous.

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