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Friday, March 03, 2006

A Mid-winter's Sidebar

I'm getting cabin fever, I'm sick of the drama in the Middle East, and the bluebonnets are starting to bloom in Texas which is making me nostalgic. So I was flipping through a back issue of "Texas Parks and Wildlife" magazine, leftover from the days when I worked there (for TPWD - not the magazine) and I found an article on these lovely little creatures with names like characters in a Shakespearean comedy or a J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy. Care to guess what they are?

Flag-tailed spinyleg
Blue-eyed darner
Gray petaltail
Blue dasher
Twelve-spotted skimmer
Roseate skimmer
Orange shadowdragon
Prince baskettail
Halloween pennant
Spot-winged glider
Checkered setwing
Arrowhead spiketail
Great blue skimmer
Illinois River cruiser
Four-striped leaftail
Widow skimmer
Black saddlebags
Giant darner
Swamp darner
Flame skimmer
Comet darner

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Blogger girlfriday said...

They've got to be birds, right?

Also, is it really midwinter?

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Blogger Jeb said...

Nope - not birds. But they do have wings. Oh, and it feels like mid-winter to me because it's still so grey out. :] (But really, I suppose it's late winter.)

Monday, March 06, 2006

Blogger Lois E. Lane said...

I could've sworn I left a comment on here guessing dragonflies. Don't see it anymore. Is the answer dragonflies?

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Blogger girlfriday said...

Out with it already! I've shown so much restraint by not googling the darn things.

Thursday, March 09, 2006


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