Bugs of the field 2014: dragonflies & spiders

Whoops – I forgot to post these for a while. Here are some photos from last summer of dragonflies and spiders: charismatic, often beautiful, and highly-effective hunters that make me glad I am much bigger than they are.

Male white-faced meadowhawk

Male white-faced meadowhawk

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This spider has great patterns, and seems to have lost two legs.

This spider has great patterns, and seems to have lost two legs.

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Four-spotted skimmer

Four-spotted skimmer

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Cleaning his eyeballs with a front leg.

This large spider was found by one of my field assistants underneath her tent. She was not as thrilled as I was.

This fairly large spider was found by one of my field assistants underneath her tent. She was not as thrilled as I was.

How can you resist that sweet face?

How can you resist that sweet face?

A mating pair of variable darners. The blue one is male, the green one female.

A mating pair of variable darners. The blue one is male, the green one female.

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Spider on my field notebook.

Stripey spider on my field notebook.

Tiny ornate spider.

Tiny ornate spider.

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