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5 hours ago, PalmWarbler said:

? (center of picture)

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I was looking at the wrong thing.  (Cropping would have helped.)  That might be a male Western Pondhawk, especially if it was taken in the West.

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16 minutes ago, PalmWarbler said:

It was taken in the East (more specifically, Eastern MA).

Well, maybe it's a male Eastern Pondhawk.  I thought I'd be able to see the pale appendages at the tip of the abdomen in this view, but after looking at the picture in Paulson's western guide, I think I probably couldn't.  Though actually, if I blow the picture up to its maximum and put on my reading glasses, I might be able to see pale appendages.  So Eastern Pondhawk seems to be a reasonable possibility.

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2 hours ago, PalmWarbler said:

It was taken in the East (more specifically, Eastern MA).

 

1 hour ago, Jerry Friedman said:

Well, maybe it's a male Eastern Pondhawk.  I thought I'd be able to see the pale appendages at the tip of the abdomen in this view, but after looking at the picture in Paulson's western guide, I think I probably couldn't.  Though actually, if I blow the picture up to its maximum and put on my reading glasses, I might be able to see pale appendages.  So Eastern Pondhawk seems to be a reasonable possibility.

I'm pretty sure that your dragonfly is an adult male Common Whitetail

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12 hours ago, Birding Boy said:

17 year Cicada

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The only thing I know about Cicada is they are noisy and what they look like. What is a 17 year Cicada? I hear them every year both here in Florida and in Colorado where I use to live.

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Raise your hand if you have a love hate thing for butterflies in the Skipper family. I love finding them and photographing them I even like trying to id them. I hate that I can't always id them with certainty. This skipper is a case in point. I have it down as a Twin-spot Skipper but I'm not 100% certain. I have photographs of others I have tried to id but got frustrated. I have others that I haven't tried at all because I know they are not going to be easy.

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3 hours ago, Clip said:

The only thing I know about Cicada is they are noisy and what they look like. What is a 17 year Cicada? I hear them every year both here in Florida and in Colorado where I use to live.

Well, we have regular cicadas around here that pop up every year, and then there’s also one population of 17 year cicadas, which are also called periodicals, which as their name suggests emerge every 17 years.  And there’s multiple “broods”, which will hatch out on different years. This years brood, named brood x, is the largest. Here’s a more in depth article that explains it better than I can: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/brood-x-cicadas-are-emerging-at-last1/

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