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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Spangled Skimmer (female)
Spangled Skimmer (female)
Eastern Pondhawk (imm. male)
Eastern Pondhawk (imm. male)
Butterfly (ID Needed)
Butterfly (ID Needed)
Damselfly (ID Needed)
Damselfly (ID Needed)
Calico Pennant (female)
Calico Pennant (female)
Calico Pennant (female) with Mites
Calico Pennant (female) with Mites
Damselfly (ID Needed)
Damselfly (ID Needed)
Spreadwing
Spreadwing
Damselfly (ID Needed) with Prey
Damselfly (ID Needed) with Prey

3 Comments

  1. #3 looks like a Mourning Cloak butterfly. They’re often one of the first to be seen in spring. https://esc-sec.ca/2018/05/29/cool-insectsthe-mourning-cloak-butterfly/

    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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