Gossamer Wings: Ohio’s Dragonflies & Damselflies, The Holden Arboretum, Kirtland, February 12, 2017

Blue-faced Meadowhawk, Lucas County, Ohio

For the past decade or more, I have devoted many hours to observing and photographing dragonflies and damselflies throughout the Buckeye State.  On Sunday, February 12, from 2-4 pm, as part of The Holden Arboretum’s annual Fireside Lecture Series, I will be presenting Gossamer Wings: Ohio’s Dragonflies & Damselflies. Join me if you would like to learn more about these living jewels of Ohio’s rivers, lakes, and meadows.

Male Blue Dasher, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

During the program we will cover the following topics:

* The basics of dragonfly and damselfly anatomy and the different stages of their brief but fascinating lives;

* A photographic journey through the enchanting world of darners, clubtails, skimmers, spiketails, meadowhawks, dancers, bluets, and other members of Ohio’s 165 species of odonata (i.e. dragonflies and damselflies);

*  The predatory dining habits of dragonflies and their wild and amazing sex lives; 

* How to find dragonflies and damselflies in the field and use close-focusing binoculars to observe them in their natural habitats;

* The best field guides for identifying Ohio’s dragonflies and damselflies; 

* Resources for learning more about Ohio’s dragonflies and damselfies.

Male Seepage Dancer, Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve, Stark County, Ohio

For additional information, visit The Holden Arboretum’s website.



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