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

Members: 80
Latest Activity: on Friday

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

Heat kills ?

Started by Tony. Last reply by Joanne Savage on Friday. 2 Replies

I spent all of yesterday July 11 2018 at Spednic Lake PNA, just west of McAdam.Perfect weather, full sun, no wind, high 20's.Unfortunately almost NO insects.Saw 1 butterfly - Dun SkipperCaught 1 male…Continue

Tags: Spreadwing, Emerald, Skimmer, Slaty

Familiar Bluet .July 3 8:22 am

Started by Laurie Grattan. Last reply by Gail Taylor Jul 5. 3 Replies


Tags: NB., Neguac, field., back, Home

Cobra Clubtail (Gomphus vastus) Fredericton, June 27, 2018

Started by Danny O'Shea. Last reply by Laurie Grattan Jul 3. 13 Replies

I seem to find interesting stuff in the backyard.Checked out the Larch Swale today, as well as the trail on the other side of the highway, then the area behind the Forestry Centre.  Saw just a few…Continue

Species Account: The Azure Bluet / Agrion saupoudré (Enallagma aspersum)

Started by Denis A. Doucet. Last reply by Vicki Thomas Jun 28. 3 Replies

Azure Bluet / Agrion saupoudré(Enallagma aspersum) Adult size: 30-33 mmHabitat/Status: Generally uncommon and local in the Canadian Maritimes, this species occurs primarily in fishless waters,…Continue

Tags: Brunswick, Nouveau, Species, Account, New

Are these what I think they are? Lanthus vernalis

Started by Tony. Last reply by Stuart Tingley Jun 25. 12 Replies

Denis, Gilles, Stuart et al.length of female: 37mm…Continue

Some recent odes

Started by Jimmy Dee. Last reply by Jimmy Dee Jun 25. 10 Replies

Lifer for me is this Spine-crowned Clubtail seen in Sheffield June 15 2018. I was looking for Skillet Clubtails and thought this was .... Gilles B. ID'd it on iNat.…Continue

Tags: jd18d

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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!

Comment by Denis A. Doucet on October 26, 2014 at 7:11pm

In Richard's Dragonflies, the one ID'd as a Sympetrum costiferum (Saffron-winged Meadowhawk) is actually a Sympetrum vicinum male (Autumn Meadowhawk)

Comment by Denis A. Doucet on October 26, 2014 at 7:06pm

Also in the damselflies, I think the "Sweetflag Spreadwing" is actually a male Spotted Spreadwing.

Comment by Denis A. Doucet on October 26, 2014 at 7:03pm

Hmm, interesting, Martin and Stu. I think you're right, Stu, it would be new. However, the pic of the "New England Bluet" looks to me more like a Hagen's Bluet, though. Several other species other than the New England also have that mark on segment 8, although usually not as large as on a typical New England. Here is a Hagen's also with a mark there from Bell Marsh in Moncton. Its mark is not as big as on Mr Migneault's, though.

Comment by Stuart Tingley on October 26, 2014 at 6:39pm

Martin, I just quickly checked Richard's images at the link you provided. One that jumped out at me was New England Bluet Enallagma laterale. If that is correctly identified I believe it would be a new species for New Brunswick. I'm not sure how difficult an ID issue that species presents but perhaps Richard has specimens. 

Comment by Martin Turgeon on October 26, 2014 at 11:03am

Denis or Tony heck this site I thing all from NB I will talk with Richard some could be from adjacent Quebec

Comment by Gail Taylor on September 2, 2014 at 3:42pm

I just found this group today, after chatting with Denis re: a rare species of Pygmy Snaketail he said was seen at Second Falls in 2008 just a few kilometers from my home (honestly, I thought it was some kind of eel or fish...LOL) until I went on the internet.  Didn't know that there are separate groups on Birding NB.  I guess I better dig in and read a little better. 

Hi to all in the group here, and look forward to sharing photos, Q & A,  and ID with you all. 


Comment by Denis A. Doucet on July 8, 2014 at 7:51pm

Martin, go ahead and post them; no worries and they will be fun to ID if possible.

Comment by Martin Turgeon on July 8, 2014 at 2:02pm

Got a few from Ontario I would post if we could delete later

Comment by on July 7, 2014 at 9:36am

There are probably 120 species in that little corner of NB - drive to the end of 

'Highway' 745 and try out the St. Croix River.


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