After doing just that this past Sunday, I brought our number of ode species for Trout Brook Valley up to 20. Some are common and expected species such as Fragile Forktail, Common Green Darner, Ebony Jewelwing, and Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Others are less frequently found such as the uncommon woodland Harlequin Darner. Some require specific habitat such as the small sandy streams of the Stream Cruiser or Delta-spotted Spiketail, or the vernal pools that seem to harbor Spatterdock Darner.
I said I wanted to display them, so here are some photos!
Common Whitetail immature male that found my net on its own
Harlequin Darner, a female who is getting late in the season
After I released her, boom, she flew right on my head/Yankees hat to warm up again
Spangled Skimmer female
While also conducting breeding bird surveys, odonates will be one of my primary focuses through the end of the summer at Trout Brook Valley and elsewhere. I hope to bring our list substantially higher with more survey time and the beginning of later flight seasons, and perhaps even record a state-listed species here.
All photos © Scott Kruitbosch and not to be reproduced without explicit permission