Photographs by Frank

12 June 2015

Odes Down Back

Filed under: Monadnock Region,Odontates,Summer — Tags: , , — Frank @ 10:56 AM

Ten cords of firewood is finally stacked… I can get back to photography!

Yesterday afternoon was warm (about 80 degrees F) and windy. I donned my waders and headed “down back” to the beaver-made wetland at the back of our property.

I arrived at about 2 PM and stayed for three hours. I spent most of my time at the edge of the beaver pond and the small stream that feeds it.

Given the recent lack of  male Hudsonian whitefaces in the yard (the females are still present), I was expecting to find them down by the beaver pond. I was not disappointed.

However, the most common ode was the chalk-fronted corporal. There were many dozens of both sexes mostly flying out over the open water; although a few perched for short intervals. I also observed a small number of mating-wheels.

Common whitetails were almost as abundant as the chalk-fronted corporals and their activities were similar; less perching and larger numbers of mating-wheels.

The abundance of common whitetails at the water was surprising since, in contrast with the chalk-fronted corporals, we rarely seem then in the yard.

There were small numbers of male clubtails (I’m unsure of the exact species probably beaver pond clubtails*), male frosted whitefaces and a couple of four-spotted skimmers.

I saw only two damselflies during the three hours I was out. A small brownish individual, probably a female bluet, that I did not get a good look or a photograph.

The second individual, which I  did get a good photograph of, is an immature male Amber-winged spreadwing* probably a male Aurora damsel but I am not entirely convinced. It has the yellow lateral spots but the top of the thorax is blue rather than black. My impression is that this individual was significantly larger than the typical Aurora damsel.

Oh… about the frog… “he” appeared seemingly out of thin air (water?) three or four feet from where I was kneeling and was completely indifferent to my presence as I went about photographing odes for the next twenty or so minutes.. He did not even flinch when I stood up to move on.

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Bullfrog
Bullfrog
Chalk-fronted Corporal (female)
Chalk-fronted Corporal (female)
Beaverpond Clubtail (male)
Beaverpond Clubtail (male)
Frosted Whiteface (male)
Frosted Whiteface (male)
Amber-winged Spreadwing (male, immature)
Amber-winged Spreadwing (male, immature)
Four-spotted Skimmer (male)
Four-spotted Skimmer (male)
Hudsonian Whiteface (male)
Hudsonian Whiteface (male)

*Thanks to Steve and Hal from the Northeast Odes mailing list for the help in identification.


 

1 Comment

  1. Finally the REAL Frank emerges! I was wondering where you were keeping him with the previous postings of landscapes, and birds, and other non-ode images.

    As usual another great crop of odes. You must have had your “book” handy for the identification process.

    Looking forward to a summer of dragonflies and damselflies.

    Comment by Just Joe — 12 June 2015 @ 11:09 AM

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