Sunday, August 6, 2017

Square-spotted Dasher

Despite the Tourist Police attempts to keep our being devoured by crocodiles on the Rio Tarcoles bridge (Puntarenas, Costa Rica), we managed to photograph a few dragonflies. The first is a Square-spotted Dasher (Micrathyria ocellata). This species ranges from central Mexico well into northern South America. I am aware of no records from the United States.

This dragonfly has no common name. Our intrepid guide and soon to be author of the Dragonflies of Costa Rica, suggests the name Square-spotted Dasher. Note, however, that English or Spanish names for Costa Rican dragonflies and damselflies found outside the United States are not officially sanctioned by anyone.

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