Saturday, June 25, 2016

Racket-tailed Emerald

When Erika and I explored the Lebanon Hills Regional Park on 21 June 2016, we came upon this Racket-tailed Emerald along the edge of our trail. The eyes are an astounding shade of emerald. When not patrolling lakes, Racket-tailed Emeralds rest in forest openings. They hang in shrubs or perch on the ground. They often swarm around people, eating our “attendant” blackflies (Paulson).

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  1. This is as near as I will ever get a chance to see these insects. Thank you,

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  2. Keep your eyes open. We have discovered a diversity of dragonflies in Erika’s garden.

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  3. This species is abundant at Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve in Savage, particularly in the horse trailer parking lot, where I've seen dozens at a time swarming above a compost bin full of manure. Horse crap attracts flies even more efficiently than humans do.

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  4. This species is abundant at Murphy Hanrehan Park Reserve in Savage, particularly in the horse trailer parking lot, where I've seen dozens at a time swarming above a compost bin full of manure. Horse crap attracts flies even more efficiently than humans do, which probably accounts for the horse trail area of the park being a great place for dragonfly hunting (as long as you watch your step).

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