Monday, May 29, 2017

Horned Clubtail

On 25 May 2017, Scott King and I surveyed a pond at the River Bend Nature Center. We were successful in our hunt for Horned Clubtails. Even as we searched, these dragonflies were hauling themselves on to algae mats in the pond, casting aside their exuvia, and inflating and hardening their wings. The resemblance to a dragon is astounding.

According to Paulson, males remain near ponds. They often perch on the ground or on other flat surfaces. Females, on the other hand, tend to retire to high woodland leaves. The males, when disturbed, encounter the females in their woodland habitat.

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