Critters - what is it?

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  1. Smiling JOe

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    [​IMG] OT..but SJ, do you know what kind of butterfly that isin your avatar ....it's the same kind I photographed while I was there.

    As Rita stated, this is a Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae).
     
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    I am not positive, but I think this is a female Regal Darner (Coryphaeschna ingens) :lol:.
     
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    She is beautiful!!! We've been seeing these flying around here.
     
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    Thank you Rita and SJ. Now I know. I looked it up once but was unsuccessful. I'm assuming these are only found near the gulf...hence the name???
     
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    I think I have seen them in south GA and south AL, far inland.
     
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    There are many Carolina Saddlebags (Tramea carolina) Dragonflies that hover in the sand oaks around Seaside. They look like a dragonfly which is carrying something under his wings. I don't have a photo to share. :sosad: October is soon approaching and the Dragonflies will be gone, except for the biting ones that hang out on the beach. :lol:;-)

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    Photo courtesy of Randy Emmitt. This is the Carolina Saddlebags
     
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    I try to learn as I go. If I don't know something, I often seek to find out more.
    A great pocket sized book, National Audubon Society - Field Guide to Florida, is a wonderful source for native plants and animals. It has many color photos and decriptions to help identify things. I know Sundog Bookstore in Seaside Carries the book. It is usually on one of those table displays near the checkout.
     

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