of the ladybugs I mentioned earlier
Along with the ladybug, he posted a photo of what most of us would call a dragonfly or maybe a darningneedle or damselfly.
It is a bluet, but not the flower.
Of course, I had to find out what kind of dragonfly it was or whether it was a darningneedle (and was there a difference between darning needles, damselflies, and dragonflies?). Turns out to be a bluet. I think it is a taiga bluet.
I had no idea that Alaska had that many related insects. Nor that our state insect isn’t the mosquito but the 4-spotted skimmer, a dragonfly.
- Dragonflies of Alaska by John Hudson and Robert H. Armstrong is the local reference, Todd Communications, 203 W. 15th Ave. Suite 102, Anchorage, AK 99510, for $12.95. ISBN:1-57833-302-4 available at TitleWave
- http://www.turtlepuddle.org/alaskan/dragonflies.html “Dragonflies of Alaska” is a website with great photos (not related to the book)
- Digital Dragonflies with photos by family. This site is related to the book, A Dazzle of Dragonflies which one really needs in a natural history library. They also explain how to get those dazzling photos (flatbed scanner).
by Forrest L. Mitchell and James L. Lasswell
# Hardcover: 224 pages
# Publisher: Texas A&M University Press (April 30, 2005)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 1585444596
# ISBN-13: 978-1585444595
# Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches
- Field Key to Adult Alaska Dragonflies Dennis Paulson Slater Museum of Natural History University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA 98416 Revised Feb. 2004
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