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DSA Update No. 2 – The Meeting Begins

by Bryan on June 25th, 2010

Dragonflyers from as far as England, Oregon and Texas are now in Maine for the annual meeting of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas. I’m a meeting co-organizer. Our field excursions begin today. But on Thursday, before everyone arrived, Mike Blust, Michael Veit, Bronco Quick and I managed to do a bit of scouting in the Machias River. It is said that when you catch a Macromia illinoiensis (Swift River Cruiser) that you’re swinging in the big leagues. This startling dragonfly cruises rivers with speed and determination. It can be hard to catch, but they seemed easy to encounter on the Machias. Below is a photo of one posed. Some serious green going on those compound eyes. Sames goes for the body of that Ophiogomphus aspersus (Brook Snaketail), which I nabbed on a tributary of the Machias. These are fairly common species. We’re hoping for some rare species starting today.

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5 Comments
  1. Nothing like Macromia to make you smile.

  2. Kathy and Dave Biggs permalink

    All are beautiful – will that be your new Facebook profile pix? The joy shows thru!

  3. Wish I was there too.

  4. Oh, man — we wish you were here.

  5. Kevin Hemeon permalink

    Enjoy. Wish I could be there. Graduation tonight.

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