Green Darner Up Close
Between dodge ball and many other fun activities this weekend . . . . we still found a few hours to focus on insects. We headed out to the Bova Area and quickly caught a few butterflies species flying around. They included the Common Ringlets, Pearl Crescents and Eastern Tailed Blue but those dragonflies were what everyone was most focused on.
Jeff and his Dragonfly
Jeff was our star dragonfly catcher with the Common Green Darner (sweet). They are very large in size, most widespread in the U.S. and very easy to identify out in the field. But these guys seem almost impossible to catch with a net. We were very pleased to see this “female” darner up close and even had fun releasing it (on someone’s nose).
We then moved over to Red House Lake and found a few more dragonflies. They included a few damselflies, Widow Skimmer, Halloween Pennant, and Yellow Legged Meadowhawk. Although we still couldn’t catch any Monarch Butterflies!!
Jeff caught a Monarch
The following day while playing Forest Dodge Ball we had a few Monarch’s passing through the area! The game immediately stopped and off we went after this poor butterfly! Lucky for the butterfly it got away and the Meadow Fritillary’s continued throwing us. Eventually with the quick action of Jeff we had our first Monarch! Nick caught the second one and I caught the third one. These guys are soo cool and lucky we were able to tag all three of them!
Tagging the wild Monarch
How could I resist not posting this Green Darner’s Chompers.