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17 hours ago, Jerry Friedman said:

Those antennae look like a fly's, not a bee's, to me.  I can't tell whether it's a robber fly, but I'm far from an expert.  (That gorgeous first picture has to be a robber, though, right?)

I am also not an expert and I don't know the answer. I was hoping the poster knew.

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10 hours ago, Avery said:

Don’t know what these are. I take pics of cool bugs, but I usually just use Seek to ID them. Forgot what they were. 
 

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Your second photo I'm pretty sure is a Silver-spotted Skipper. Can't help on the moth.

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17 hours ago, lonestranger said:

I have all kinds of bug photos but I'll start with one of my creepiest, a bug with bugs.

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I have one like that too. Eastern Box Elder Bugs with mites on the legs.

 

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18 hours ago, Jerry Friedman said:

One of the migratory species?  The first ones around here seem to be Variegated Meadowhawks.

Two main species live on our property. Have not Identified them. One is quite large, colors are green and blue. Has transparent wings. The other is medium-sized, flaming red, and has transparent wings with a reddish tint to them.

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31 minutes ago, Seanbirds said:

Two main species live on our property. Have not Identified them. One is quite large, colors are green and blue. Has transparent wings. The other is medium-sized, flaming red, and has transparent wings with a reddish tint to them.

First sounds like a Common Green Darner to me, and the second sounds like a Neon Skimmer.

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1 hour ago, Seanbirds said:

Thanks. #2 looks better for Flame Skimmer to me.  Green Darter looks good for #1.

Interesting, neither Flame nor Neon Skimmer is on the Odonata Central list for Sumner County or at iNaturalist.  The way I got sucked into oding was that I took a couple pictures, and two people told me there should be Flame Skimmers in my county, and why didn't I get the first county record?  In fact, at ponds in my town, you can hardly turn around without hitting a Flame Skimmer with your elbow.  So then it was Western Pondhawks... and Eastern Amberwings... and Blue-fronted Dancers...

So why don't you take a picture and get the first record of Flame Skimmer for your county? :-)

Anyway, have a couple male Flame Skimmers.

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4 minutes ago, Jerry Friedman said:

So why don't you take a picture and get the first record of Flame Skimmer for your county? :-)

Will do! I probably have some more 1st county records that I’ve found, and don’t even know it!

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2 hours ago, Seanbirds said:

Will do! I probably have some more 1st county records that I’ve found, and don’t even know it!

Could well be, and you probably have more dragonfly species than you know about.

1 hour ago, Seanbirds said:

Btw, @Jerry Friedmanhow do you report dragonflies?

Some people are so picky about details...

You can use either Odonata Central or iNaturalist.  I use OC for dragonflies and damselflies because I can request expert vetting, which has been very quick so far.  I've had to wait months at iNat.  Also OC easily produces county checklists, so you can see what has and hasn't been reported for your county.  I think OC also has better coverage for odes in the Western Hemisphere, including museum specimens mapped by county.  Those are the main points as far as I'm concerned, but more can be said.

Anyway, whichever one you pick, make a log-in and follow the instructions.  You'll need one or more photos that establish the ID.  That shouldn't be a problem with a big red dragon, and I'm sure there will be people here who can confirm the ID before you submit the record if you want.  On the other hand, at either site you can submit photos without an ID and let other people identify it.  You'll also need the location.  In iNat you can find your location on a map, and I think you can do that in OC too, though I've only submitted a couple records since they changed their Web site and I don't remember for sure.

I'll be happy to help with either site, and I imagine other people will too.

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