I lead dragonfly walks where I work, teaching people about dragonfly biology, how to do some basic identifications, and how they can get involved in dragonfly research through citizen science. Last weekend, I led the last walk of 2013. I had about a dozen people in the group and I think they enjoyed the dragonfly catching part of the experience best. I didn’t have a chance to actually try to catch anything myself, however, so I went back out with a net after everyone left just because it looked fun. I caught this beauty on the first swing:
A green darner! They might be common as dirt, but I adore them. Look how beautiful that little guy is! I snapped a few photos of the markings on the head, thorax, and abdomen while I had him in hand, then set him on my knee and released him. Much to my very great pleasure, he sat there for TWO WHOLE MINUTES while I snapped several photos. Man, I loved that dragonfly! He totally made my day.