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Archive for September 14th, 2012

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White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)

I leave garden cleanup until the spring. All the dead seedheads and leaf litter provide cover and food for a host of bugs and birds over the winter. They also give the garden some visual interest over the stark months of cold. The unattractive dead scapes of dayliles might seem less useful, but they provide perfect perches for fall meadowhawks.

When I have been out working in the garden over the past few days, I’ve been treated to the company of a host of meadowhawks. The appearance of meadowhawks in the garden is another sign of summer coming to an end. These small, colourful odonates are late summer fliers and are often among the last species of dragonflies on the wing before winter arrives. Dragonflies lay their eggs in water and meadowhawks prefer habitat around wetlands and slow streams, but are often seen far from water, in meadows or backyards. Meadowhawks belong to the Skimmer family of dragonflies, Libellulidae, which includes 105 species in North America. Their habit of perching on the tips of stems makes them ideal photography subjects.

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Yellow-legged Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum)

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