My first dragonfly of 2017. Migrating Common Green Darners are often the first odonates of the year, appearing even before local populations emerge from their ponds. They fly from as far south as Veracruz, migrating to southern Canada. Migration is assisted by warm fronts, exactly the weather phenomenon that occurred in Northfield yesterday. A warm front parked right on top of us!
I found this individual tangled in my bird net. Dragonflies don’t get stuck in the nets very often, but, when the do, they are often very difficult to free. After liberation, this darner shivered for a few minutes and then disappeared.