Thursday, July 17, 2008

Two new dragonflies

Yesterday (16 July), I photographed some dragonflies at the bog in the University of New Brunswick woodlot, which I accessed at lunchtime from the forestry complex. The one with the black marks on the wings is a Common Whitetail (Libellula lydia); the other is a Chalk-fronted Corporal (L. julia). (Lydia and Julia! Someone must have had some fun naming these.) These are males, and have developed a white colouration called pruinescence. Both species are in the Skimmer family, LIBELLULIDAE.

The first whitetail was sitting on a chain-link fence on my property on 15 June. I was trimming grass when something made me stop. I'm glad I did, because I was able to photograph my first whitetail in New Brunswick.