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Bug photos!

Allow me to pick the more insect-savvy readers' brains...

I'm a dragonfly! But what kind of dragonfly am I? 

I have been hanging out on the bee balm for days. Aren't my antennae fantastic?

IDs greatly appreciated!

Isn't the second a baby kadydid?

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The dragonfly looks a lot like a Widow Skimmer.

It's a HAPPY dragonfly, of course!
And bugs don't carry IDs. There's no carding for bugbars. Now, bugBEARS are anothing thing entirely.

*runs away, cackling madly*

Well, dragonflies aren't my area of expertise - and ID of them is easier if you have a clear shot of the wing veination - but I am VASTLY amused that the one you got a shot of seems to be perched on a poppy seedpod.

As for Bug #2, I'm also voting for katydid nymph.

*grin* I have one little poppy plant in my garden, because the seed pods are so lovely, and Mom used to grow them in her garden.

Owing to a misspent youth, I theoretically have the know-how to harvest some crude opium, but not the inclination.

The dragonfly is a female White-Faced Meadowhawk or at least a Meadowhawk variety. The females are duller than the males often having dull brown variegated bodies. The males in the case of the White-Faced Meadowhawk develop a bright white face and vibrant red body.

The second is a common katydid. Don't know the exact species though.

Edited at 2010-05-27 01:06 am (UTC)

Your dragonfly appears to be either a female or juvenile Blue dasher. They're kind of hard to tell apart urrr the females and juveniles that is.

Edited at 2010-05-27 02:44 am (UTC)

I actually have that species in my collection! It's Pachydiplax longipennis, aka the Blue Dasher. It's a female or a teneral male - based on the abdomen shape I'd lean toward female, theirs tend to be more flattened.

Thanks for the backup. Looks like I'm two for two! I was pretty sure I recognized it from photos I'd taken myself. Sheesh.Can't remember how old I am but I can remember a dragonfly I photographed two years ago....

Edited at 2010-05-27 03:10 am (UTC)

I am hopeless with the bug identification, but that dragonfly photo in particular is fantastic!

Ooh! Ooh! I can get the second one!

Aren't my antennae fantastic?

Yes! They totally are!

You look absolutely FABulous, darling.

The first looks to be a chromatic dragonfly. It looks to be of the adult age range, so it has 4HD and a 3d6 breath weapon...

The second is a Grig. Someone has stolen his fiddle and he's looking to hire an adventuring party to get it back...

This. Is. Made. Of. TOTAL WIN. My fave response, hands down. LOL

Well, I don't know what species of dragonfly you've got there, but it's a terrific photo.

I think the little fellow with the antennae is a baby katydid.

ursula, I posted this blog a ways back, but it was on an older garden entry, so I'm not sure if you saw it, but I am sure you can get an ID there as well, if it doesn't pan out here: http://rlephoto.blogspot.com/ local durham bloggers and big bug nuts ;)

I've been following that blog occasionally--they've got AWESOME photos!

While the second is definitely a katydid nymph, it also bears a striking resemblance to a camel cricket someone dip-dyed bright green...

that's an opium poppy! alert the dea!

Happy birthday! Hope you have a fabulous day :D