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Things that Fly, Flutter, and Leap

You know how great it feels when your day off coincides with a fantastic weather forecast? Well that’s what happened for me on Monday this week, and I took full advantage of it to get outdoors and poke around to see what I could find. 879 more words


Local Emeralds

I’ve been meaning to investigate a local spot for odes, a place that I bird regularly. Today I did and this time I was armed with my net, normally a cumbersome appendage that I miss dragonflies with, today (8/23/16) I was more successful. 361 more words


Trio of Dragonflies

12-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella) male.
Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) male.
Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) male.

What’s up with all the males? 47 more words


A Twelve-Spotted Skimmer

This was the first time for me that I noticed one of these beautiful Dragonflies (Odonata) and I couldn’t help but spend a long time observing and trying to get a good photo of it. 19 more words


Black Saddlebags

As we lack a ready reference regarding the distribution and status of the odes found in Nova Scotia, leafing through Paulson’s Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East is the order of the day. 213 more words


Orange Bluet

Most of the bluet damselflies are, you guessed it, blue, but this one bucks the trend. Sort of: this is a mature male, but when he was younger, he had blue markings instead of these orange ones. Enallagma signatum.


Rusty Snaketail

For some seasons I’ve been looking for Rusty Snaketail, a species of moving water and with a propensity to lounge mid-stream on rocks. It is generally regarded as the commonest and most widespread snaketail and yet I’d seen Boreal and Maine with ease in Quebec, never a rusty. 214 more words