Sunday, August 19, 2012

Cool catches by the kids

Take a look at these dragonflies netted by the campers of the Coastal Center at Milford Point! They were taken at our own Bafflin Sanctuary in Pomfret and are definitely some worthy catches. Frank Gallo sent me these photos (and made me jealous in a couple of cases).

Black-tipped Darner

 Clamp-tipped Emerald

 Fawn Darner

Green-striped Darner

Thanks a lot for sharing some of the great work! While none is rare, each is definitely uncommon and not one to expect at any old pond. I have been lucky enough to have Clamp-tipped Emeralds cruising my neighborhood all summer. What always fascinates me is how much of a personality some dragonflies can have. The Clamp-tipped male, for example, patrols open areas near woodland, and often a sizable patch. When he sees an "intruder" such as you or I entering his territory he zips up within arm's reach, sometimes pausing or staying nearby briefly. After this examination, he will continue on his way, and you will have a very difficult time getting that close to him again. If you are looking to net one, do not miss your first chance because it is probably your last.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician

Photos © Frank Gallo and not to be reproduced without explicit permission

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