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COMMON GREEN DARNER

This dragonfly was one of two common green darners that flew into the yard as I was loading our canoe on the car years ago. I call this image "Dragonfly Bull's-eye".

Anax junius - COMMON GREEN DARNER

The darners have eyes that touch and often perch hanging vertically. The common green darner can most easily be identified by the green thorax and face with a target-like pattern on the head (above the face in front of the eyes). Mature males have a blue to purplish abdomen, which are rusty brown to purple in females. The immature dragonflies have red abdomens, and can look similar to a comet darner, except for the bull's-eye mark, which is absent in the comet darners. Anax junius are from 2-2/3 to 3-1/8 inches long with a wingspan around four inches.
Common green darners can be found almost anywhere in Florida but are more frequent near ponds, swamps and marshes, both freshwater and slightly brackish. They range throughout the United States north into Canada from Nova Scotia to British Columbia and south into Central America to Costa Rica.

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MEXICAN PRICKLYPOPPY

This is one of the wildflowers that I photographed while bicycling through the Mayabeque Province of Cuba in February. It was growing alongside sticky nightshade at a scenic overlook.

Argemone mexicana - MEXICAN PRICKLYPOPPY

Mexican pricklypoppy is a frequent wildflower of open, disturbed sites in much of the Florida peninsula and scattered panhandle locations. The range extends through much of the eastern United States, west into Texas, Kansas and Nebraska, north to Iowa, Michigan, and northeast into New York, Vermont & Massachusetts. Also called yellow pricklypoppy, it can be found throughout the West Indies, Mexico and Central America. It is an introduced species in Ontario and Manitoba and many other parts of the world.
The large yellow flowers and spiny-looking leaves are distinctive on this annual that often branches from the base. The leaves are deeply and sharply lobed. Flowers are 4-7cm (1-1/2 to 2-3/4 in.) across with yellow petals and 30 to 50 yellow filaments.
Some of my other photographs from Cuba can be found in the Paul Rebmann Nature Photography Cuba gallery at paul-rebmann.pixels.com.