Photographs by Frank

10 July 2014

Odes “Down Back”

Filed under: Monadnock Region,Odontates,Summer,wildflowers — Tags: , , — Frank @ 11:00 AM

Yesterday afternoon, I donned my waders and spent a few hours at the beaver swamp “down back” on our property. I am always amazed how quickly time passes while I am out in the field. The old saying “time flies when you are having fun” is certainly true for me!

Darners have appeared out over the wet meadow since I last visited the swamp. You know…the ones that I have yet to figure out how to photograph! Their numbers are small right now but their arrival is, to me, a signal that summer is truly here.

Additionally,  male spangled skimmers and male frosted white faces were present in good numbers. Mating season for the bluets (which I can not identify exactly) was in full swing… I saw more pairs flying in tandem than I did individuals.

The most common damselfly present was the sphagnum sprite. I had forgotten how frustrating these are to photograph. They spend all of their time down low in the vegetation and are very small. One finds them by looking for the bright blue spot on the end of their abdomen. Then the challenge is to find a clear “window” through  the grasses and sedges in which to photograph them. All good fun!

The fragile forktail is quite rare here. The single individual I saw and photographed yesterday represents only the second time that I have observed one “down back”.

In the water at the edge of the pond, there were large numbers of  rose pogonias in bloom. I had not noticed them in years past. Their foliage is very inconspicuous and thus they are easily missed  if you do not catch them in bloom.

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Calico Pennant (imm. male)
Calico Pennant (imm. male)
Bluet Mating Wheel
Bluet Mating Wheel
Frosted Whiteface (male)
Frosted Whiteface (male)
Calico Pennant (imm. male)
Calico Pennant (imm. male)
Bluet (male)
Bluet (male)
Fragile Forktail (male)
Fragile Forktail (male)
Frosted Whiteface (male)
Frosted Whiteface (male)
Spangled Skimmer (male)
Spangled Skimmer (male)
Bluet Tandem Pair
Bluet Tandem Pair
Bluet (male)
Bluet (male)
Spangled Skimmer (male)
Spangled Skimmer (male)
Spangled Skimmer (male)
Spangled Skimmer (male)
Rose Pogonia
Rose Pogonia
Sphagnum Sprite (male)
Sphagnum Sprite (male)
Sphagnum Sprite Mating Wheel
Sphagnum Sprite Mating Wheel
Swamp Candle with Visitor
Swamp Candle with Visitor

 

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