|Dragonfly Larva- Click to enlarge|
A late season mayfly cruising along the creek stops to rest and proves to be a willing photographic subject. Its delicate wings and body seems too fragile to hold, but seasoned entomologists like Kevin and Lindsay hold one until it flies away, none the worse for wear. This one was as entranced with her as she was with it.
Young eyes find things at every turn. A dragonfly clinging to a blade of grass has escaped my notice, and she has to keep pointing until I finally see it. Some species seem to cling longer to upright stems while others prefer horizontal branches. This one lets me get close for pictures to send off to our odonatologist friends. Every naturalist should have an odonatologist friend. If you don't have one, at least memorize the spelling of the word for Scrabble.
Tana Pulles responded to the picture:
"Female Eastern Pondhawk most likely - however young males will look like females and as they mature they change to blue in color starting from the end of the abdomen moving forwards."
|Tent Caterpillar egg cases|
Before they leave, Kevin and his shorter sidekick gift me with some caterpillars to raise. They were feeding on sycamore and I haven't had time to try and identify them. Because I was going to be gone for a while I had to release them. The two green cats were gently placed on young juicy sycamores. I think the red one was a final instar and since it kept wandering off the leaf into the bottom of the aquarium, I left it to hopefully form a cocoon. With any luck I will see it emerge and identify the adult. If I don't, I know that Kevin and his young eyed companion will.