Category Archives: Odonata (dragons and damsels)

Dragonflies (anisoptera) and damselflies (zygoptera)

Odo-Con 2019 Finds a New Ohio Record!

I’ve just returned home from this year’s Ohio Dragonfly Conference — also known as Odo-Con (Odonata Conference). This was my third year to attend, and it just keeps getting better. The conference moves around the state each year, allowing us … Continue reading

Posted in Insects, Odonata (dragons and damsels), Ohio | Tagged , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Two-Fer!

Dragon- and damselflies don’t often perch on photogenic flower heads, so when I found this one yesterday I was pleased. Of course it’s not a flower, but close enough.  This is a female emerald spreadwing damselfly (Lestes dryas), clutching the … Continue reading

Posted in Insects, Native plants, Odonata (dragons and damsels) | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

Odes in Winter: Where Are They Now?

Here in northern Ohio we’ve entered a period of the year that I think of as, “Is It Time Yet?” We’ve been through the depths of a frigid winter and have been treated to some brief warmups in which all … Continue reading

Posted in Insects, Odonata (dragons and damsels) | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

A Visual Ode to the Holiday

These are Familiar Bluets in their heart-shaped mating wheel. These damselflies belong to the insect order called Odonata, and we often shorten that to “odes” when talking about them among other ode lovers. And below is a photo of one … Continue reading

Posted in Insects, Native plants, Odonata (dragons and damsels), wildflowers | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

A Speeding Green Bullet!

Autumn has long been my favorite season of the year — colorful tree foliage, cooler air for comfortable hikes, clear cerulean skies, cozy sweaters…I could go on. But this is also a season tinged with sadness for the end of … Continue reading

Posted in Insects, Odonata (dragons and damsels) | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Wordless Wednesday

Posted in Insects, Odonata (dragons and damsels) | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

What’s In a Name?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” ~ Juliet to Romeo, Wm. Shakespeare As if dragonflies weren’t already fascinating enough just by virtue of their body structures and behaviors, I’ve … Continue reading

Posted in Insects, Odonata (dragons and damsels) | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Insects as Art

It’s obvious that I’ve developed quite the obsession with insects, right? I was talking to a friend the other day about how often people respond to my insect posts on social media with comments like, “Gross!” or “Bugs are disgusting!”  … Continue reading

Posted in Insects, Odonata (dragons and damsels), Photography | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Elves and Sprites: More Dragon-Hunting Gems

As I said in my last post, my friend Ryan and I finished out the weekend after the dragonfly conference by spending Sunday visiting several spots in search of some more species of dragon- and damselflies. We went to Cedar … Continue reading

Posted in Insects, Odonata (dragons and damsels) | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hooked on Odes

This past weekend was the long-awaited Odo-Con, the dragonfly conference of the Ohio Odonata Society. This was my second year to attend, and I was glad that this time I would know more people and not feel like such a … Continue reading

Posted in Insects, Odonata (dragons and damsels) | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments