Just glancing out my kitchen-sink window one evening, I saw this pair of dragonflies perched on the chain of my porch swing. They were huge! I measured the links at 1" each so these dragons were approximately 2 1/2" long! From my field guide, it appears that they could be the Small Western Gomphid. (how does a dragonfly this large get the name small?) The dragonflies are thick here since we've had a wet spring and the mosquitoes make abundant victuals for them. I love seeing them perched on my clothesline too. One day I wanted to hang a towel right where a dragonfly was perched so I set my finger out to him and he sat there on my finger while I tried to move him. He chose to go back to the line and remain in the same spot. I moved him again, and once again until he finally chose to move. It seems to me that dragonflies are very much like pets in this way.