A Red Dragonfly

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.


I did a bit of googling and turned up some information. I looked in several places and the thing everyone is sure about is red dragonflies don’t live here.

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?

Categories: Animals, Dams and Waterfalls, photo, Photography, Science

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17 replies

  1. When something unusual happens to me …
    I’ve found there’s often some message there.
    I call these Waking Dreams. ?
    Most of the time they are very subtle.
    And i miss them altogether … and the message.
    Other times they can be a hard slap in the face.

    But maybe … it’s just a nice red dragonfly.

    From Europe.


  2. I think he recognized me.


  3. I wonder how much time before they hit the mid-west.


  4. Maybe it hitched a ride somehow. Its mother planted eggs on a boat and then it hatched on this side of the Atlantic, maybe?


    • That was my guess. But still … what are they doing here? Are they living and breeding here now? Do we have a new transplanted species? Also it’s a very long way from any port to that little quiet area of the creek. How did they get all the way to Burriville, Rhode Island? That’s a long way to come with your eggs and hatchlings!


      • True, but maybe they somehow got into the cargo? And it doesn’t have to be a boat — might’ve been an airplane or truck?

        Fascinating to speculate about it. Bet CSI could figure it out! 😉


        • If they pay attention to me at Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries (I send pictures and a report), they probably will track it down. They are pretty good at it. They can track, but not necessarily do anything about it. They may not care.

          It’s CSI for animals (hey, might make a good show!). It’s part of their job. I think this particular alien won’t change the ecosystem, but some invaders … like the Japanese beetle and kudzu, among others … have done a lot of damage. And the latest, the virus that has killed off all our bats.

          On Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 11:21 AM, SERENDIPITY


  5. Oh, I ADORE dragonflies; what a beautiful photo!



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