Sunday Snapshots: Odonate parade

Dragonfly Habitat

Right. I think I said something about posting more regularly, didn’t I? This plan would have worked out better if I hadn’t caught a particularly nasty computer virus/malware a couple of days later. A week and a half, two drive reformats and a disgusting number of hours of head-bashing later, I think the system is clean enough to get back to normal functionality (knock on wood). I think this calls for a celebration – how about an odonate parade?

This weekend Dan and I made the first two of our MAPS visits; the first to Blue Lakes, the second to Rock Ridge. The habitat above is from Rock Ridge, near the site where we sit to do the banding. This morning the air above the rocky ledges was thick with dragonflies. Likewise, yesterday at Blue Lakes there were dozens of dragonflies cruising along the water’s edge and over the rocky domes. In between net rounds I spent a fair bit of time stalking dragonflies. I got photos of most of the species I spotted. I’m not 100% certain on a few of these IDs; if anyone knows better, I’m open to correction.

The video here is of the swarms above the rocks at Rock Ridge. It’s hard to capture the numbers the same way one experiences it in person, but I think this gives you an idea…

Four-spotted Skimmer
Four-spotted Skimmer

Chalk-fronted Corporal M
Chalk-fronted Corporal, male

Chalk-fronted Corporal Juv F
Chalk-fronted Corporal, immature female

Chalk-fronted Corporal F
Chalk-fronted Corporal, female with deerfly

Frosted Whiteface
Frosted Whiteface, male

Common Baskettail 2
Common Baskettail

Common Whitetail M
Common Whitetail, male

Juv M Common Whitetail
Common Whitetail, immature male

Common Whitetail F
Common Whitetail, female

Stream Cruiser
Stream Cruiser

Dot-tailed Whiteface Juv M
Dot-tailed Whiteface, male (prob. imm.)

Dot-tailed Whiteface F
Dot-tailed Whiteface, female

Belted Whiteface ?
Belted Whiteface female?

American Emerald
American Emerald

American Emerald 2
American Emerald, saying hello

Beaverpond Clubtail F
Beaverpond Clubtail female?

Beaverpond Clubtail M
Beaverpond Clubtail male?

Beaverpond Clubtail Pair
Beaverpond Clubtail? mating pair
Many of the clubtails look similar, and Dragonflies Through Binoculars has tiny photos. This was my best guess.


Author: Seabrooke

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5 thoughts on “Sunday Snapshots: Odonate parade”

  1. That opening shot, with the curved line of rock, looks like you are walking in an informal garden. I thought I’d seen quite a few dragonflies around here recently, but nothing like your hoards! Cool.

  2. The American Emerald is actually a Racket-tailed Emerald. The Racket-tailed Emerald is known for its thick club and thick line on the side. The club on an American Emerald is slighter and the ring is thin.

    The Beaverpond Clubtail is not. It is likely an Ashy Clubtail or a Dusty Clubtail.

  3. If you are looking for a new dragonfly field guide, I recommend “Field Guide to The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Algonquin Provincial Park and the Surrounding Area”. My copy is well worn. This guide is quite complete.

    If you want to get serious about dragonflies, I suggest a collapsible net from bioeqip, so you can do catch and release. The net is expensive because of the shipping and customs (total about $60-65, with four one-foot segments plus net) but very convenient and will fit in (but awkwardly) a sidepouch.

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