Dragonflies Save The Day
July 11th, 2017
At Roger's Pond on June 12th, a sweltering hot day was drawing out the deer
flies. They swarmed me, buzzing annoyingly (mostly not biting, but the ones
that did left bites that still itched two weeks later.) But then the most
marvelous thing happened...the cavalry arrived.
I walked into a wide-open sunlit spot that teemed with Chalk-Fronted Corporals
(above), American Emeralds and other dragonflies, and in an instant they were
all around me, picking off flies. I can think of few sounds more welcome and
satisfying than that *whizz* of a dragonfly zipping past your head as it
snatches its prey...a very loud noise followed by blessed silence.
One less deer fly!
It ended up being largely a dragonflies kind of day, as all the birds seemed
to be sheltering from the heat.
This one caught my attention when it whizzed by and snatched a tiny insect
that I was trying to photograph. Annoyance gave way to interest when I noticed
how petite it was. I was hoping for an Elfin Skimmer, a dragonfly so small
that it is sometimes mistaken for a bee. But it wasn't quite that
petite. With the help of the Ottawa Odes
group, I learned that it was my first Frosted Whiteface.