Photographs by Frank

22 June 2018

McCabe Forest

Filed under: Forest Society Properties,Monadnock Region,Odontates,Summer — Tags: — Frank @ 10:00 PM

This afternoon, I headed to the Forest Society’s McCabe Forest to see what might be up ode-wise along the Contoocook River. My usual haunts are all still water ponds or lakes. It is good to try a new habitat every once in a while! The temperature was in the mid-70’s F, it was mostly sunny and essentially calm.

What was lacking in terms of variety at this site was made up in terms of quantity. Early on in my walk a observed a single teneral drab brown damselfly down low in a sunny patch of grass. As I neared the river, I began to see ebony jewelwings. There were dozens of them. both males and females were present. They were in the sunny patches along the trail which stays in the uplands immediately adjacent to the river. Some were right along the river’s edge. Some were flying out over the river and perching on the floating vegetation. Interestingly, there I saw no odes in the tall grasses of the flood plain (which is quite dry given our lack of rain in recent weeks) between the uplands and the water.

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Ebony Jewelwing (female) #1
Ebony Jewelwing (female) #1
Ebony Jewelwing (male) #1
Ebony Jewelwing (male) #1
Ebony Jewelwing (female) #2
Ebony Jewelwing (female) #2
Ebony Jewelwing (male) #2
Ebony Jewelwing (male) #2

 

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