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Odes Outing

Last weekend I joined quite a number of people for a dragonflies and damselflies outing at Mud Lake, led by Chris Lewis and Gillian Mastromatteo. It was lots of fun for all, and I particularly appreciated the opportunity to learn by observing how to net and handle odonates without harming them. Because some odes can only be identified by taking them in hand and using a magnifying glass, I will have to learn that skill if I want to get more serious about dragonhunting.

Dragonflies in hand make for interesting photos!

Lance-Tipped Darner. Is it just me or does he look like he's enjoying this?

Male (behind) and female White-Faced Meadowhawks.

Lancet Clubtail.

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Black and Yellow Mud Dauber. Not a dragonfly, obviously, but I couldn't resist photographing these cute wasps, who seemed to be everywhere.

My First DragonhunterA morning at Bill Mason Centre (part 1)


July 26th, 2013 at 7:13 am

And yes, that is a cute wasp... not words one usually thinks of as going together, though!

July 26th, 2013 at 5:15 pm
Not a googlewhack though...too many other weird insect lovers out there!

For me it's those curved, ram's-horn-shaped antennae that push it over the edge into cuteness.

July 30th, 2013 at 6:47 pm
I'm glad you enjoyed the outing! I almost didn't recognize the Lance-tipped Darner from that angle. I caught another one at the Beaver Trail in Kanata last weekend, too!

July 30th, 2013 at 7:28 pm
I got a profile view too that showed more of his features, but it just didn't charm me as much as this one, in which he looks like he's shouting "wheee!"