I don't know where they live, or if they hatch in my tiny pond or if they're happy swooping through and eating mosquitoes, but I have noticed they come to my yard for shelter against big rainstorms.
Each time we've had a big thunderstorm looming, while I was in the yard I heard buzzing sounds and saw and huge dragonfly land on my tree, or under my honeysuckle arch. This time, though, I broke out my camera.
Warning: if dragonflies freak you out, you may want to go look at some kitties instead.
When I say huge I mean about 3-4 inches in length. To me, that's a big dragonfly.
Why my yard? Where are they all the rest of the day? Why aren't they eating more mosquitoes? How do I get them to hang around?
Then again, do I really want to be buzzed by suckers this big? Hmm...decisions, decisions!
On the bright side, I know that my yard is definitely in use as a wildlife sanctuary when the wildlife comes in from the rain.
By the way, it turns out that this is a Mosaic Darner. Cool, huh?