Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dragonfly Class at Armand Bayou Nature Center - Part One

One hand typing for now – I had surgery to repair my left rotator cuff and am in a sling.  But I have some critters to show you! 

In September, the Galveston Bay Area Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists held an advanced training class about dragonflies.  The fascinating class was taught by Bob Honig with assistance from Maggie Honig.  We were lucky to be at the Armand Bayou Nature Center which has ponds that are perfect habitat for dragons.

Catch and release:  Bob Honig with male Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis. See the "tiger striped" thorax?

Catch and release:  Maggie Honig with Hyacinth Glider, Miathyria marcella
Male Eastern Pondhawk, Erythemis simplicicollis.  He's a dusty, light blue.
Male Eastern Pondhawk, Erythemis simplicicollis
Female Eastern Pondhawk, Erythemis simplicicollis. Though far away, you can see she's green.
Eastern Pondhawks, Erythemis simplicicollis, mating in "wheel" position.

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