Overnight Rain & A Dragonfly

Yesterday Shannon and I worked hard in the yard for most of the afternoon and a little into the evening. I was a little worried my back would not take well to all the sudden activity. My back seems to be doing okay today, but I will have to take it carefully to make sure it doesn’t go out.

While Shannon mowed the back yard I weeded the garden and clipped the grass around our cobble stone pathway and fence. Then in the front yard Shannon worked on the bushes along the front of the house while I gave the White Lilac bush on the corner of our lot a major hair cut. I cut off three feet of bush and it still is about as tall as me. I think the neighbors will appreciate seeing around that corner for traffic now.

This morning is great! Nice cool 68 degrees and it rained last night. I was making the morning coffee and heard a weird twang sound on the kitchen window and it was a two inch Dragonfly. I always enjoy Dragonflies and have never seen one at the house. We have several flying around the windows where I work which is great to see. The ones at work are much larger than this one. I found a picture online of the specific species and coloring of the one (still holding on to the kitchen window screen) and here it is.


The little Dragonfly on my window is a Male Pachydiplax Longipennis or The Blue Dasher, says it’s found in Texas. It’s a long ways from home!

I found this on the Wikipedia site: “Dragonflies typically eat mosquitoes, midges and other small insects like flies, bees, and butterflies. They are usually found around lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands because their larvae, known as “nymphs”, are aquatic. Dragonflies do not normally bite or sting humans (though they will bite in order to escape, for example, if grasped by the abdomen); in fact, they are valued as a predator that helps control the populations of harmful insects, such as mosquitoes.”

I hope our little friend stays around and starts a family. I would like to look out and see them from time to time.

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