Sunday, August 29, 2010

Horned Clubtail

Watching dragonflies is a lot like bird watching. Like birds the way to find a particular dragon is to know its season and the particular habitat that it prefers. Here in Minnesota dragons typically fly between May to October. Some species emerge from their underwater life at staggered times through out the summer while other types emerge at approximately the same time. This second group usually can only be found for a month or two during the summer. The horned clubtail is one of these types.
Like most clubtails the horned clubtail emerges fairly early in the summer, usually in June, and they are usually gone before the end of July. I photographed these horned clubs at the beginning of June at the Purgatory Creek wetlands. Unlike other clubtails though, the horned clubtail is not usually found near rivers. This clubtail likes slow moving marshy streams, bogs and ponds. They are often found perched on lily pads, moss beds or other vegetation as you can see above.

11 comments:

Perry said...

Absolutely great shots! On the water too! That's hard to do. Dragonfly blind? :-)

BJ Roan said...

He's a beauty! I haven't seen one quite like him.

SquirrelQueen said...

Great capture. His wings are almost invisible.

Tammie Lee said...

I also love watching dragonflies. I have two ponds and they are endless entertainment. lovely captures.

margie said...

other dragonflies in the macro shots today were described as green and red. good for you to know the name.

Christina said...

Fantastic captures! Thanks for sharing!

Elaine @ Commotion said...

Those are absolutely fantastic macros!! The dragonfly is just so perfect in your shots....what an amazing dragonfly it is.

I have a dragonfly on my MM too!!

GrandmaK said...

Really lovely!!! Thank you!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Love coming here to learn, as always. This one has such lovely blue eyes!

wenn said...

great shot!

KaHolly said...

And a wonderful capture it is!! I love the gentle learning that takes place when visiting your site. Thank you so much for that! ~karen