Picture Ohio! – Dragonflies & Damselflies at Old Woman’s Creek State Nature Preserve, June 22, 2013

Male Blue Dasher, Oak Hill, CVNP
Male blue dasher, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Ohio has about 165 species of dragonflies and damselflies, and many of them will be on the wing at Old Woman’s Creek State Nature Preserve, near Huron, on June 22, at the Annual Meeting of the Ohio Odonata Society (OOS). Visitors are welcome and the entire one-day meeting is FREE!

Lancet clubtail obelisking to cool down, Geauga County
Lancet clubtail obelisking to cool down, Geauga County

If you would like to learn more about dragonflies and damselflies, this is a great meeting to attend. Many of Ohio’s most knowledgeable odonatists (people who study dragonflies and damselflies) will be there, and in the morning there will be a variety of presentations. After lunch, we’ll head out in small groups to visit many of the nearby natural areas to observe and photograph the resident dragonflies and damselflies. In late June the maximum number of species of these beautiful, gossamer-winged predators will be flying, including several species of clubtails, like the Lancet Clubtail shown in the photo above, which has elevated its body into the “obelisk” position to cool down on a hot day.

Familiar bluet, Grand River, Lake County
Familiar bluet, Grand River, Lake County

The Familiar Bluet shown above is a damselfly, which are smaller than dragonflies and usually fold their wings over their abdomen, or at a 45 degree angle, when perched on vegetation in between hunting sessions. Bluets can be tricky to identify, but the experts who will be at the OOS meeting will provide you with lots of tips, and suggestions for field guides, and I’ll be on hand to help you photograph these gorgeous creatures. Bring your digital SLR or point-&-shoot camera, or even your iPhone, and a pair of close-focusing binoculars if you have them.

Male Calico pennant, Grand River Wetlands, Ashtabula County
Male Calico pennant, Grand River Wetlands, Ashtabula County

For more information about the Ohio Odonata Society, visit the OOS website at: www.marietta.edu/~odonata/. For more information about the OOS annual meeting on June 22, email Steve Chordas at: stevechordas@sbcglobal.net.

 

 

 

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