by Carl Strang
Odonata continue to show well at Mayslake Forest Preserve. Today’s photo gallery features some recent sightings.
This male spreadwing clearly was not a slender spreadwing, which species has dominated the spreadwing damselfly fauna at the preserve this year. I generally photograph these from the side and above, as I haven’t yet internalized their distinguishing features.
The abdomen tip tells the tale, both with the triangular black intrusion in segment 8, and in the shape of the terminal appendages, which demonstrate why this species has been named the lyre-tipped spreadwing.
This is only the second or third time I have encountered that species at Mayslake. A dragonfly which likewise has made few appearances is the Halloween pennant.
This teneral individual was perched near Mays’ Lake, from which it probably emerged.
The following dragonflies are regulars, but no less beautiful for that.
Common green darner
Jade clubtails have been resting on algal mats in the lakes.
One of the fiercest dragonflies for its size, a common pondhawk.
Common whitetails are easy photographic targets, as they often rest on the ground.