National Geographic : 1951 Aug
© National Geographic Society 227 Kodachromes by Leonard J. Brass Gossamer Dragonflies Tarry on a Creamy Yucca Blossom and Bare Twigs An intricate network of veins reinforces a dragonfly's wings; brown spots near tips add strength. Six legs, placed well forward, serve as landing gear rather than as walking aids. Widespread Anax junius (above) is popularly dubbed Green Darner. Countryfolk call it Devil's Darning Needle, pretend it sews up the ears of bad boys. Bands and rings of black decorate the body of the Green Jacket, Erythemis simplicicollis (lower left), in its youth, but this one has become dusty blue with age. The other is a young Golden Wings, Libellula auripennis, which will become more reddish with age. All are slightly enlarged.