We went out shooting today to find the first autumn leaves. We found leaves, but more interesting, Garry found something we’ve never seen before: a bright red dragonfly.
I’ve seen them in blue and green, iridescent as they hover near the water. For some reason, dragonflies hang around people. They seem to find us interesting and will keep coming back to investigate. Garry got a couple of shots of this scarlet dragonfly, so despite all the information assuring me that these are not found in the United States. In fact, they are not found anywhere on this side of Planet Earth yet this one seemed quite at home in Rhode Island.
Which, last I heard, is on the left side of earth.
Red dragonflies — also known as the Red-veined Darter or Nomad (Sympetrum fonscolombii) — is a dragonfly of the genus Sympetrum, native to southern Europe and China. Since the 1990s, it has increasingly been found in northwest Europe, including Britain and Ireland.
You might also spot them in the Azores and Canary Islands.
So … how did this one got to the Blackstone Valley? Anyone want to take a guess?
- Doubled Winged Red Veined Darter Dragonfly 3 (ashishgaurphotography.wordpress.com)
- Migrating Dragonflies (donnallong.com)
- Dragonfly (alamsphotography.wordpress.com)
- Dragonflies in My Garden (fortpelhamfarm.com)