Dragonfly Adventures in Marietta – Ohio Odonata Society Annual Meeting

Riffle Snaketail, Hell Hollow Wilderness Area, Lake County, Ohio
Riffle Snaketail, Hell Hollow Wilderness Area, Lake County, Ohio

The beautiful Riffle Snaketail, Ophiogomphus carolus, shown in the photo above is a threatened species of dragonfly in Ohio, found in June and July along clear rocky streams in a handful of counties in northeast Ohio. The female shown above was photographed on June 30 along Paine Creek, a tributary of the Grand River, in Lake County.

Do you share my fascination with Ohio’s 164 species of dragonflies and damselflies? Would you like to learn more about how to find, identify and photograph these flying jewels? If so, join us on July 29 and July 30 in the historic river town of Marietta, Ohio for the annual meeting of the Ohio Odonata Society (OOS). This meeting is FREE, and will be a great opportunity to learn more about Ohio’s dragonflies and damselflies (odonata) and meet some of Ohio’s dragonfly experts.

Dragonhunter eating Swift River Cruiser, Grand River, Lake County, Ohio
Dragonhunter eating Swift River Cruiser, Grand River, Lake County, Ohio

The Riffle Snaketail has not been found in Washington County, where Marietta is located, but we may be lucky enough to see a Dragonhunter, Hagenius brevistylus, a formidable predator that preys on other dragonflies and occurs along the Little Muskingum River near Marietta. More than 60 kinds of dragonflies and damselflies have been recorded in Washington County, and many of them will be on the wing in late July.

A view of Marietta  from Harmar Heights above the Muskingum River.
A view of Marietta from Harmar Heights above the Muskingum River.

Our host for the meeting will be Dr. Dave McShaffrey, professor of biology and environmental science at Marietta College. Dave is one of the founders of the Ohio Odonata Society, and co-author, with Dr. Robert Glotzhober, of The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Ohio (Ohio Biological Survey, 2002) and Common Dragonflies and Damselflies of Ohio Field Guide, published by the Ohio Division of Wildlife in 2007.  Bob Glotzhober also plans to attend the meeting.

Marietta, founded at the junction of the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers in 1788 by Rufus Putnam and other Revolutionary War veterans, is Ohio’s oldest city and one of my favorite places in the Buckeye State. There is a spectacular view of the city from Harmar Heights, shown in the photo above, and Marietta has retained much of its early riverboat-town charm. There are some excellent restaurants in Marietta, including my favorite, The Levee House, where we will be meeting for dinner on Friday evening after scouting trips during the afternoon to some of the locations we will be visiting after the OOS business meeting on Saturday morning.

For more information on this Ohio Odonata Society meeting, visit the Society’s website:

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