Dragonflies Before the Freeze

We’re under a frost advisory for tonight. If it comes to pass, it will be the first one of the season. Despite the dip in temperatures, though, there have still been plenty of insects active in the past few days, including dragonflies. (The Ozarkian did warn me that odonates are addictive…)

These small hyperactive red guys have been everywhere. I think this is a Ruby Meadowhawk, Sympetrum rubicundulum. Never mind, it’s a White-faced Meadowhawk, Sympetrum obtrusum. They move around so much that this (above) was the best photo I could get, and this is with my camera all the way zoomed in and held at arm’s length, and the result cropped.

I had better luck with this one, who, after I’d stalked it patiently for a couple minutes, obliged by perching against a nice leafy backdrop in the late afternoon light. Look at those colors! The bronze-y wing patches, the neon orange chevrons running down its back! The kind folks at BugGuide identified it as a Calico Pennant, Celithemis elisa.

As it starts to get colder I know I’ll be seeing fewer and fewer insects, to the point where I’ll have to wait until next April or May to get my next fix. Oh well… winter has charms all its own.

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