Megan and I live near the Olentangy River, exactly 890 feet from the river, as measured using Google Maps. Over the past summer, I was photographing damselflies and dragonflies almost every day. What I have presented here is a timeline of the dragons along the river. Each image represents the first encounter I had with each species. The common name, scientific name, and date of first observation is given below each image. A link is provided to a range map at the Ohio Odonata Society Website. Also, I have uploaded the images in full resolution- clicking each image will link to a higher resolution version. I'm most interested in getting people's feedback on the rapids clubtail and the arrow clubtail.
Female ebony jewelwing, Calopteryx maculata.
May 28, 2007.
Stream bluet, Enallagma exsulans. June 3, 2007.
Powdered dancer, Argia moesta. June 3, 2007.
Blue dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis June 6, 2007.
I'm not exactly sure what this one is. It could be a blue morph female powdered dancer, or a female blue-fronted dancer. June 6, 2007.
Great blue skimmer, Libellula vibrans, June 9, 2007.
Possibly a rapids clubtail, Gomphus quadricolor. That is what was teased out at Bug Guide.net. Go here to see the pictures and comments there. June 9, 2007.
Blue-fronted dancer, Argia apicalis, June 16, 2007.
Blue-ringed dancer, Argia sedula, June 16, 2007.
American rubyspot, Hetaerina americana, June 16, 2007.
Eastern forktail, Ischnura verticalis, July 15, 2007.
Violet dancer, Argia fumipennis violacea, July 15 2007.
Eastern amberwing, Perithemis tenera, July 15, 2007.
Eastern Pondhawk,Erythemis simpliciollis (and two perilously close powdered dancers!) July 15, 2007.
I really not sure what this one is. My guess is that it is a female green darner laying eggs, although the riverine habitat seems somewhat strange. Any thoughts on this one? July 15, 2007.
Dusky dancer, Argia translata, July 15, 2007.
Twelve-spotted skimmer, Libellula pulchella, July 24, 2007.
Widow skimmer, Libellula luctuosa, July 24, 2007.
Blue-tipped dancer, Argia tibialis, July 27, 2007.
Fragile forktail, Ischnura posita, August 4, 2007.
Black-shouldered spinyleg, Dromogomphus spinosus, August 26, 2007.
Arrow clubtail, Stylurus spiniceps? September 21, 2007.
Fawn darner, Boyeria vinosa, September 30, 2007.
And finally, while I was watching our fish swim in our water garden, this female darner, which I'm guessing is a shadow darner, came to visit our backyard.
Shadow darner, Aeshna umbrosa, October 26, 2007.