Tuesday, November 8, 2016

It's Still Dragonfly Season!!!

Well, when the sun comes out, so do the dragonflies. Betsy and I went to Cranberry Lake today around noon, and were greeted by a nice group of dragonflies—even though it was quite breezy. The temperature was delightfully mild too; in the mid 60s.

We immediately saw lots of Autumn Meadowhawks. This species has a beautiful red color, and is so friendly that they land on you if you stay put for more than half a minute or so. Here are a couple that visited with us:

We also saw a single Variegated Meadowhawk, which we've never seen at Cranberry Lake before. This species can pop up just about anywhere, just about any time of the year:

We also saw the usual darners for this time of year—the Shadow Darner and the Paddle-tailed Darner. Here's a Paddle-tailed Darner, resting in the bushes, soaking up the sun:

Here's another:

What a lovely day at the lake, made even more so by the presence of our friendly neighborhood dragonflies.

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