Help please! Can you identify these dragonflies?

These gorgeous dragonflies (or maybe they’re not dragonflies?) and others buzzed around the pond yesterday afternoon, eating black flies and mosquitoes. I’m very fond of dragonflies and appreciate them flying inches from my head to catch the biting bugs while I work in the garden.

I don’t know the identification of any of these dragonflies and will appreciate any help you can give me. Do you know their names? My email address is here, or you may leave a comment below. I’ll repost this when I have the names.

1) Painted Skimmer.  Thanks to Liz!
black yellow dragonfly

2)
dull blackfly

3)
black yellow dragonfly

4)
red dragonfly

5)
gold dragonfly

6)
black white dragonfly

Robin Follette

About Robin Follette

Maine Press Association award winner, 2013. Robin's Outdoors, Bangor Daily News, third place in Sports blogs. I grew up with a fishing pole in my hand and have always loved the outdoors. From gardening to hunting and fishing, kayaking, camping, hiking and foraging, most of my time is spent outdoors. I teach outdoor skills as a volunteer instructor for Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs and Becoming an Outdoors-Woman. Pro-staff at The Limb Grip. My personal blog is here. I'm currently working on my first book, a collection of short stories based on my outdoors experiences.