|Common Green Darner|
The family Odonatidae or Odonata, commonly called Odes is the family of Dragonflies, Damselflies and Allies. Yes, I have taken a nose-dive straight into this awesome family of insects. This is a whole new realm of creatures to ID. Not as much is known about ID of these insects as there is of birds and often, females and immatures cannot be readily identified. It doesn't help that the only Dragonfly book for Wisconsin is currently out of print and unavailable. My method of beginning to learn these winged creatures is to photograph everything I see and post it to Facebook. Inevitably, someone knows what the Ode is called. In essence, by doing so, I'm slowly building my own field guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of southern Wisconsin. Hopefully I will have a pretty decent set of photos by the end of the season.
Here is what I have found and photographed so far that I know the ID to:
|Immature female Eastern Forktail|
|Female Eastern Forktail|
I haven't had a solid ID on this one yet, but it is probably Hagen's Bluet. The blue ones are so vivid!
Some Bluets can't be identified unless they're adults. This little green one is probably an Eastern Forktail, but is what is called Tenereal, meaning that it is newly hatched and still developing and cannot be identified to species.
Keep checking back for updates throughout the summer. I'm trying to post on this blog more often now that I have lots of new things to share.