Dragonflies and Damselflies at Banshee Reeks – The August Walk
Andy Rabin led our walk at Banshee on Saturday. Here is his report from the field:
The walk yesterday went very well. We had 9 people show up, including 2 families (3 kids). We managed to catch a few damselflies and a dragonfly and examine them closely, found a recently emerged Calico Pennant on some emergent vegetation just below it’s exuvium (shed skin), as well as some mating damselflies. It was windy, but we still manged to find 14 species, all near the pond and visitor center.
DRAGONFLIES: Common Green Darner, Calico Pennant, Common Pondhawk, Slaty Skimmer, Widow Skimmer, Common Whitetail, Twelve-spotted Skimmer, Blue Dasher, Eastern Amberwing
DAMSELFLIES: Blue-fronted Dancer, Variable Dancer, Familiar Bluet, Fragile Forktail, Eastern Forktail