Maritime Dragonflies and Damselflies


Maritime Dragonflies and Damselflies

A group for discussing all things related to Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies) of New Brunswick and the wider region, including ID, Q and A, natural history, photography, etc.

As things are winding down for the season but folks are still engaged in learning about insects, I thought it would be fun and useful to continue to post pictures and info on the over 130 species of Odonata we have here in the Maritimes to the group discussion page here, just to keep our learning fresh and evolving over the fall, winter and early spring, along with our continuing Autumn Meadowhawk contest (!).

In that regard, I hope others feel free to participate in this as well and add some of their own stuff.  I know we can learn plenty from each other, even over the months when there is nothing "new" to be seen. I will personally try to post a couple a week over the next six or seven months and I hope that will be enough to keep the ball rolling and I would be thrilled if others added their own similar-type posts to the mix, but I don"t *expect* it of anyone, so please feel free to participate or not. SO, all that said, here is the first in what I hope will be a long, interactive and enjoyable series:

NB- For helpful ODONATA SPECIES ACCOUNTS, click on the link below:

Odonata Species accounts

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Welcome to all Ode enthusiasts!

There are still Odonata on the wing as I write this on the morning of October 13th, 2010. Yesterday there were still at least two species active at home. Anyway, welcome to the group and let's see how we make out. I rather like this platform, even though it takes some getting used to. SVP ne pas se gêner s'il y a des questions en français aussi! By the way, images below are a Shadow Darner in flight (top) and an Autumn Meadowhawk (below), both of which should be on the wing until the end of October in NB...

Discussion Forum

A Few Odes from the last couple of days. McGraw Brook and Smith Lake

Started by Nancy Mullin. Last reply by Nancy Mullin 19 hours ago. 11 Replies

1. I found this pretty little one at McGraw Brook on June 21.  As you can see it's a Whiteface..I've checked the wing patterns with Tony's diagrams and can't seem to figure out which it is. Thinking…Continue

Tags: parvulus, StreamLanthus, Snaketail, Rusty, rupinsulensis

Odes in Fredericton - June 21, 2017

Started by Danny O'Shea. Last reply by Danny O'Shea on Thursday. 6 Replies

Saw quite a few different odes in the Larch Swale area today including Common Whitetails, Racket-tailed Emerald, Delta-spotted Spiketail and a couple more that I am not sure of their ID. Is this a…Continue

Cobra Clubtail

Started by Jimmy Dee. Last reply by Nancy Mullin on Thursday. 6 Replies

June 21, 2017 - 1st day of summer - end of the rainy season hopefully, Found about a dozen newly emerged Cobra Clubtails. I had to view them from the car for a few minutes as it was raining. Rain…Continue

Tags: jd17d

An Emerald and an Spiketail. (I think*)..Smith Lake, Renous June 20, 2017

Started by Nancy Mullin. Last reply by Danny O'Shea on Wednesday. 7 Replies

We had high winds and it rained most of the day.  Finally cleared at 2pm and I drove over to Smith Lake...half lake half bog. Hope the Id's are correct.Racket-tailed Emerald - Dorocordulia libera -…Continue

Tags: June, libera, 20, 2017, Renous

Skillet Clubtail

Started by Jimmy Dee. Last reply by Jimmy Dee Jun 20. 8 Replies

Skillet Clubtail for Fathers Day. June 18, 2017. Sheffield.Gomphus ventricosusWere only a few I could find so the main herd hasn't emerged yet far as I know. The Cobras will be out in a week or less!…Continue

Tags: jd17d, Clubtal, Skillet, ventricosus, Gomphus

EDIT **ID CONFIRMED** -- SKI-TIPPED EMERALD Female~~TENERAL DARNER sp. Female~~Request for ID~~Route 760~~Charlotte County

Started by Gail Taylor. Last reply by Joanne Savage Jun 19. 9 Replies

This extremely dark teneral darner with quite striking yellow and sky blue markings was spotted in a ditch beside a culvert on route 760, near Lake Utopia, June 18, 2017.  JD and I have viewed many…Continue

Tags: county, lake, utopia, gtd, charlotte

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Comment by Nancy Mullin on June 9, 2017 at 2:12pm

Wow!  a great variety Derek!!  We are getting our species slowly, day by day...

Comment by Derek Bridgehouse on June 8, 2017 at 7:56pm

Today in Cumberland Co NS . the following are hilites of odes on the wing

I believe Dot tailed whiteface (f) with amber wings

Unidentified Damselfly ( help appreciated)

Female Gomphus descriptus ( Harpoon Clubtail)

Female W.fletcheri ( EBoghaunter)

Other odes were various Epitheca ssp, American Emerald , Racquet tailed Emerald , Hudsonian Whiteface , Sprintime Darner , Chalfronted Skimmer , 4Spotted Skimmer

Comment by Jimmy Dee on November 6, 2015 at 6:57pm

Wow nice Derek ... that would be a late record for sure.

Comment by Derek Grant on November 6, 2015 at 1:53pm

Just spotted a mosaic darner fly by the garage door.

Comment by Martin Turgeon on November 21, 2014 at 1:24pm

were can I get the list

Comment by Martin Turgeon on October 27, 2014 at 12:05pm

Richard did not keep and it was in 2011 but told me the 2 (etang) that it should be from from Richard Ce spécimen (2011) provient soit du platin des Albert le long des étangs ou du platin à P.E. Soucy le long de l'étang à Napoléon..

Comment by Martin Turgeon on October 27, 2014 at 12:51am

Richard viens de me dire il sont tous du Co.Madawaska il en a quelque un peut etre Enallagma laterale je lui reparle

Comment by Martin Turgeon on October 27, 2014 at 12:36am
Sympetrum corruptum? Madawaska
Sympetrum danae Restigouche
Sympetrum internum Madawaska
Sympetrum internum Carleton
Sympetrum internum Restigouche
Sympetrum obtrusum Northumberland
Sympetrum obtrusum Madawaska
Sympetrum sp. York
Sympetrum vicinum Madawaska
unidentified York
unidentified Restigouche



I gave more but same type

Comment by Martin Turgeon on October 27, 2014 at 12:34am
Aeshna canadensis Madawaska
Aeshna umbrosa Madawaska
Amphiagrion saucium Madawaska
Argia fumipennis Restigouche
Calopteryx aequabilis Madawaska
Cordulia shurtleffi York
Enallagma annexum Restigouche
Epitheca canis Madawaska
Epitheca canis York
Gomphus adelphus Madawaska
Gomphus borealis York
I gave to NBM

Ischnura verticalis Westmorland

Comment by Denis A. Doucet on October 26, 2014 at 7:19pm

Still, I look at his "New England Bluet" and I am definitely intrigued. I do hope he has a specimen, because I cannot quite make out the claspers and I just had a long look at all the New Englands on Bug Guide and they can look a fair bit like Hagen's. Hmm. It would be great to get more info on that one!


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