Colin Adams colinpauladams at
Fri Feb 29 07:35:59 PST 2008

According to wikipedia, mosquito-hawk can apply to dragonflies,
damselflies or craneflies.

Meadowhawk is much more specific - it is a member of the genus
Sympetrum - in England we call these Darters.
Sympetrum is part of the family libelludiae -
(perchers/skimmmers/darters/chasers are various English names) - the
most advanced (and relatively recent - the earliest dragonfly
ancestors were 320 million years old) dragonfly family.

I have received confirmation from Kathy Briggs - a prolific
Californian author of books on dragonflies - but not the BSD variety -
that Fred is indeed a Cardinal Meadowhawk (shes says a fairly young
male). This confirms that Fred is one of the most technologically
sophisticated of all dragonflies - the equivalent of an SIS.

Meanwhile, I have managed to install 1.12 in a virtual machine on my
Linux 64-bit quad core box. I didn't attempt to configure the network
when I did the installation, thinking that as I was running under KVM,
I would not need to (that was the case when I set up FreeBSD 6.3 last
weekend). However I can't ping (which is the virtual DHCP
server that KVM provides to the guest), so I guess I should have done

But I don't know what command to type to bring up those configuration
menus again - I can't find it mentioned in the DragonFly handbook
(flight manual?).
Please help.

On 26/02/2008, B. Estrade <estrabd at> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 08:37:58PM +0000, Colin Adams wrote:
>  > On 26/02/2008, Matthew Dillon <dillon at> wrote:
>  > >  :P.S. Can someone tell me the scientific name of the species pictured
>  > >  :in the mascot?
>  > >
>  > >     I'm afraid I don't know.  I took that picture in my garden, in
>  > >     Berkeley, California.
>  >
>  > Well, I will find out. It is almost certainly a Darter (Sympetrum) -
>  > although you Americans call them Meadowhawks.
> I grew up calling them mosquito-hawks. I know the term "dragonfly" obviously, but I've never head of the term meadowhawk.
>  B

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