Here's the rundown on the Dragonflies of Netitishi! August 13-25 roughly..... For now, just a checklist order, some notes, and some reference shots:
Variable Darner (multiple subspecies)
Common Green Darner
Delicate (Franklin's) Emerald
I didn't spend much time looking for the little guys, and ended up seeing very few. \
Darners were very interesting.....
--- Lake Darner was far and away the most common species, out numbering all of the other darners combined
--- Canada Darner was uncommon, but caught a few times
---- Subarctic and Sedge Darners were new for me, and I was usually able to capture a few per day. Often in feeding Darner swarms
--- Zigzag Darner was also a new species for me, but I was only able to catch a single male.
--- A single (very fresh) Common Green Darner ... The Ontario Odonata Atlas doesn't show any records anywhere near Netitishi Point...
Several Delicate Emeralds were caught and observed... I didn't try too hard for odes up there, but I thought I would have had more than 1 species
Wandering Glider was seen on one of our first days, which I thought was a pretty exciting record. Then a few hours later we saw a Spot-winged Glider --- which seemed REALLY unusual. Clearly Netitishi Points abilities as a vagrant trap were shown in the bugs as well as the birds... We ended up seeing MULTIPLE Spot-winged Gliders just about every single day it was warm or sunny. It seems that they must have made a colony earlier in the summer, and were now numerous. Totally unexpected --- but very cool !
4 species of Meadowhawks was fun, but not unexpected! Black Meadowhawks are a northern species, but very common up there.
And some reference photos: the "quality" photos will be saved for future postings! (Whenever I get them properly edited)
Canada Darner - very similar to the much more common Lake Darner (at least, more common up there).. In Algonquin Park, Canada greatly outnumbers Lake:
Lake Darner (female) --- I don't think I had every seen a "Blue female" Lake Darner before this trip... All others (i can remember) were a bright/lime green like this one (bottom pic)
Funky "lineate" Variable Darner... Was nice to see a bunch of these (and other variations)
Lifer #1 - Sedge Darner female... A fun pastel green colour I had never seen on a Darner before...
Lifer #2: Male Subarctic Darner
Lifer #3 - a male Zigzag Darner... This was a very tiny species
Vagrant(?) #1 - Common Green Darner... Very fresh, and must have emerged somewhere nearby?
male Delicate Emerald
Four-spotted Skimmer... Getting late?
Crazy crazy Spot-winged Glider - with multiple individuals seen!? Much duller brown than the bright Orange Wandering Gliders... Which we saw, but didn't photograph up at Netitishi
Saffron-bordered Meadowhawk -- a big species, found patrolling Netitishi Creek
Female Black Meadowhawk... A species I rarely rarely see, but it sure is fun to go up north where they are mega-common...
Shameless plug: Join the Ontario Odonata Group to learn more about Dragonflies!
Ask questions, post sightings, whatever! Things may be pretty slow until next spring though....
Again, "quality" photos will arrive in the future!