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Old May 9, 2012, 6:50 AM   #1
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Have been "out in the field" a lot these past weeks, monitoring the amazingly abundant insect emergence, and getting trails in shape for the busy season.

Continuing warm and damp weather is perfect for many insects. Have seen plenty of just-emerged Carolina Satyrs and tough old American Ladies out in the wet meadows...
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We in Northeast Tennessee are also in the midst of an amazing hatching of the 17 year Cicadas. This particular group, known as the Blue Ridge Brood, seem to be especially numerous and LOUD this time (they were just as numerous and loud in 1995!) They make for some very noisy hikes, some great discussions with visiting school groups, and plenty of extra food for all the foxes, raccoons, 'possums, box turtles, etc..

Here's a view of one just emerging from its nymphal case, and another that has already hardened and attained its full adult color. The process takes several hours.
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Out in nearby Greene County for some odonate and native plant monitoring - also to enjoy the great spring scenery (will post some of that in a separate thread). Down at Cutshaw's bog, the rare Golden Club was in full bloom - making for some perfect Dragonfly habitat.

Here are some views of the Golden Club in bloom - sure is numerous this year!
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And here are some of the odonates that enjoy Golden Club wetlands...

Carolina Saddlebags likes "vegetation-choked wetlands," and spend most of their time flying low over the vegetation. This one perched just briefly for a quick snapshot.
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Brown Spiketails fly low and slow, and perch quite often. Don't you love the color of his eyes!!
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Pondhawks are one of our commonest dragonflies, and very aggressive in defending their corner of the wetland! This male looks like he's smiling! (perhaps he spotted that female nearby...)
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Common Green Darners were also mating over at the bog. These big bright dragonflies are indeed very common in many places, not very shy of human observers, and live a long time. But they almost never perch! So it's hard (for me) to get a good photo of one. Finally did get a few fairly good flight shots, but will definitely have to work on technique for better ones... (happy for any suggestions!)
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Another common and bright dragonfly is named the 12-spotted Skimmer. Easy to see where his name comes from! And these guys are easy to photograph - they perche frequently, and have a few favorite perches to which they keep on returning...
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Another very common dragonfly, close kin to 12-spot, is the Common WhiteTail. I always focus on the brighter males, but here are a few shots of the more subtly-patterned female. These were on a very cool day (late frost in April), and she even perched on my (warm) finger. Also look at the last shot for some "unique" dragonfly behavior!
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Will be "out in the field" a lot the next few weeks (also busy attending/photographing Vole's wedding this weekend), so will not have time to stop by for a while.

So thanks in advance for any comments & critique!
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