Photographs by Frank

5 July 2021

Yard Odes

Late this afternoon, I spent two hours roaming the yard looking for odes. It was mostly sunny and the temperature was in the low 70s. I was interested to see what odes would be out and about after a number of cool, rainy days.

I headed back inside a few minutes before seven. I had lost the light at ground level and the mosquitoes were making their evening appearance.

The number of odes were small but their was a nice variety of species present. The most common dragonfly present was the spangled skimmer. I saw roughly half a dozen individuals; all female. The most common damselfly was had a metallic green abdomen. They were reminiscent of the sprites, but I don’t think that that is what they are. Again, I saw roughly a half dozen. For all of the other species, I saw only single individuals.

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  1. #3 looks like a Mourning Cloak butterfly. They’re often one of the first to be seen in spring.

    Comment by Pat Nelson — 5 July 2021 @ 10:30 PM

  2. They’re BACK! Good to see a return of the odes as they have been bumped off by your ventures into other genre.

    What no mosquitoes in the mix???

    Comment by Joe Kennedy — 6 July 2021 @ 6:14 AM

  3. Incredible beauty. Thank you so much. I love the dragonfly.

    Comment by mary jo kelly wilhelm — 6 July 2021 @ 7:12 AM

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