August 9, 2009 (Sunday) Damsels and Dragons Outing Report

Leader:  John Reaume

Our second dragonfly and damselfly outing was off to a wet if not thunderous start as we spent the first hour huddling in our vehicles as the skies came crashing down. Four brave (foolish) souls though waited out the weather and were treated to warm and sunny skies and great conditions for dragonflies. The following 19 species were seen:

Slender Spreadwing

Azure Bluet

Marsh Bluet

Hagen’s Bluet

Eastern Forktail

Sedge Sprite

Canada Darner (probable)

Common Green Darner

Brush-tipped Emerald

Calico Pennant

Eastern Pondhawk

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Blue Dasher

Saffron-winged Meadowhawk

Cherry-faced Meadowhawk

White-faced Meadowhawk

Ruby Meadowhawk

Autumn (Yellow-legged) Meadowhawk

The highlight for me was seeing my first ever Azure Bluet and it is always a treat to see the colourful Calico Pennant with the red hearts marked down the top of its abdomen. It is always a pleasure to spend time with such interesting creatures (both the dragonflies and the characters that seek them out!)

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