Regular readers of my photoblog may recall reading about “Crinkle-cut,” a very aggressive male with distinctive damage to all four of his wingtips, that I followed at Huntley Meadows Park (HMP) during Fall 2014.
The nickname “Mr. Magoo” seems perfect for this male because of the prominent dark spots in his eyes. The eye spots are always in the same place, regardless of viewpoint, therefore it is technically incorrect to refer to them as “pseudopupils.”
I spotted “Mr. Magoo” for the first time on 08 October 2015; I have seen him again on the 15th and 21st.
The nickname “Bendy Straw” seems perfect for the following male because of his slightly malformed abdomen.
Notice the bend in his abdomen at the boundary between segments seven and eight (S7 and S8). Remember that all dragonflies and damselflies have a 10-segmented abdomen, numbered from front to back.
Editor’s Note: Stay tuned for more photo sets of “Mr. Magoo” and “Bendy Straw,” to be published separately in several upcoming blog posts.
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