Meet our Giant Dragonfly friend. Today’s selfie was a surprise encounter for us, so we included it for the Kitties Blue‘s regular Sunday hop! The top picture introducing the post shows the dragonfly head on. He (or she!) looks like some kind of space creature.

Sunday Selfie Graphic

Meet Uropetala Carovei, the New Zealand Giant Dragonfly. It is New Zealand’s largest dragonfly. Here is its classification according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened species:

“This species is not common, but appears to be widespread. Threats are likely to be localized, and therefore it is assessed as Least Concern.”

It is the first time we have ever seen one this big and according to our research its flying season is 6-9 weeks, but is this can change according to weather conditions. The nymphal period (when it is a larva still growing) varies from 5-6 years depending on the local environment.

We spotted the dragonfly while we were checking our cucumber and pumpkin patch in a corner of the garden. A stream runs though here, and they may be part of the reason we saw the dragon fly. They are flying creatures whose larvae grow up near muddy streams.

Giant Dragonfly New Zealand Dash Kitten

It is the biggest dragonfly we are ever seen. It’s body was over over 8 cms/3.2 inches long. It had flown away when we went back to check a few hours later.

Giant Dragonfly New Zealand Dash Kitten

Have a happy flying Sunday everyone!

Harvey Button
NZ Giant Dragonfly reporter
Harvey Self Portrait

 

 

 

 

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    Kitties Blue

    February 4, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Wow, Harvey, that dragonfly is so interesting. I think he’s probably the most unusual selfie participant we have ever had. It’s amazing how long the larval period is. We are surprised that they can survive that long without being destroyed by weather, predators and other natural occurrences. Thanks so much for sharing this insect with us. Our mom sends you a big kiss. ?
    XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

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    Lone Star Cats

    February 4, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Dat are an impressive one!

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    Erin the cat, Princess

    February 4, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Wow, that is a lovely set of selfie and body shots of that lovely dragonfly. So wonderful to see. Do thank them for being a guest on your post.
    Toodle pips and purrs
    Erin

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    HH and The Boys

    February 5, 2018 at 1:55 am

    Beautiful photos of the dragonfly. Spectacular.

    Have a super day.

    hugs, Bugsy and Knuckles

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    Roby Sweet

    February 5, 2018 at 2:19 am

    Nice pictures! I love dragonflies. I even named my editing business after a dragonfly (Sundragon).

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      Dash Kitten

      February 5, 2018 at 10:09 am

      Oh we LOVE that. Sundragon sounds beautiful, intelligent and a touch fierce!

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    Jeanne Foguth

    February 5, 2018 at 3:05 am

    Wow! That is an amazing dragonfly! The ones we have around here re often sort of maroon in color.

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    Lola The Rescued Cat

    February 5, 2018 at 3:38 am

    Holy cat! We all think we’d be scared if we ran into one of those!

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    Brian Frum

    February 5, 2018 at 3:40 am

    WOW! That is a totally amazing selfie!!!

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    meowmeowmans

    February 5, 2018 at 5:47 am

    What a terrific selfie! We love dragonflies here. In the Japanese culture, they are seen as the spirits of the ancestors coming to visit. 🙂

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    The Swiss Cats

    February 5, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Wow, it’s big indeed ! Terrific selfie ! Purrs

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    Ellen Pilch

    February 5, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Those are amazing photos.

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    Memories of Eric and Flynn

    February 5, 2018 at 9:45 am

    These are lovely close up selfies of the Giant Dragonfly.

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    Marv

    February 5, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Cool Dragonfly! Mom used to see LOADS when she lived in Midway! Some of the Blue Darners are just about that big, but they are Blue!
    Mommy just LOVED to see your dragonflies (She LOVES them)
    Purrs
    Marv

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    speedyrabbit

    February 6, 2018 at 6:48 am

    very impressive and regal looking,xx Speedy

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    Savannah's Paw Tracks

    February 7, 2018 at 3:57 am

    Yikes! Glad that guy is friendly. Ps you have a typo in your title. The word GIANT is spelled GAINT.

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      Dash Kitten

      February 7, 2018 at 6:43 am

      Oh my cat and none of us noticed! MOL!!! Thank you Miss Savvy.

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