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

Common Baskettail (ID?) ~~ Charlotte County~~May 26, 2018

Started by Gail Taylor. Last reply by Denis A. Doucet 1 hour ago. 4 Replies

Took a drive up the 785 today, and looped in around the McDougall Lake Rd and found a mass emergence of clubtail species all around and over the dirt road, but I knew this one was different as it was…Continue

Tags: cynorsura, epitheca, gtdf18, dragonfly, baskettail


Started by Gail Taylor. Last reply by Gail Taylor on Wednesday. 7 Replies

Found three individuals just minutes after emergence along the smallest of two ponds where I work in Pocologan, Charlotte County. A very windy day and it was hard to keep camera stabilized as it was…Continue

Tags: Emergence, Teneral, FOS18, gt18d

Beaverpond Baskettail

Started by Jimmy Dee. Last reply by Gail Taylor on Wednesday. 4 Replies

Seen in UNB Woodlot across from Kents, This was seen by Gail and I May 21 2018 ... first of 2018 for us. Also saw two teneral bluets (possible Boreal Bluet) but couldn't ID them, three Hudsonian…Continue

Tags: jd18d, Baskettail, Beaverpond, canis, Epitheca

Hudsonian Whiteface - 1st ode for me 2018

Started by Jimmy Dee. Last reply by Jimmy Dee May 19. 3 Replies

Corrections welcomed as some of these little things all look the same to me. I believe its a teneral male Hudsonian Whiteface. Seen opposite the Roack Road near Minto, May 17, 2018.Leucorrhinia…Continue

Tags: jd18d, Whiteface, Hudsonian, hudsonica, Leucorrhinia

Autumn Meadowhawk - Nov 9, 2017

Started by Jimmy Dee. Last reply by Gail Taylor Nov 11, 2017. 6 Replies

Found one in the yard today. I was afraid the -8C temp last night may have done them in but this one survived. Yesterday I saw at least 6 in the same area.There are some cold nights coming up so ....…Continue

Tags: jd17d, meadowhawk, autumn, vicinum, Sympetrum

Autumn Meadowhawk. Home Nov 4 12:31 pm.

Started by Laurie Grattan. Last reply by Laurie Grattan Nov 10, 2017. 4 Replies


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

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Comment by Denis A. Doucet on July 6, 2014 at 8:43pm

Good stuff, Jim! Looking forward to it!

Comment by Jim Edsall on July 6, 2014 at 8:41pm

Lots of interesting odes in the St. Stephen area, one of the most interesting was a female Elfin Skimmer in roadside grass near Moor'es Mills. Also photographed a beautiful female Slaty Skimmer which I will post when I get home, Slaty's appear to be very common in the area

Comment by on June 9, 2014 at 9:05am

Derek; an early record, but I think you beat it for NS in previous years. Could you give me weather, time on site, and perhaps a gps for the bog. And numbers and gender for the other species you encountered? Am working on the atlas (which is now funded for the first year and a go) - don't want to miss out on your extensive data. Paul

Comment by Derek Bridgehouse on June 8, 2014 at 5:12pm

Hi all - I believe this to be a female Somatochlora forcipata from Mt Uniacke Bog in Hants Co., NS today Sunday june 8/14 . This could be an early flite  record  for NS & NB perhaps . I also encountered G. furcillata , C. shurtleffi and E.canis.

Comment by Denis A. Doucet on March 3, 2013 at 8:56pm

Hi Paul,
I believe the dragonfly you posted below is a Dragonhunter (Hagenius brevistylus), the largest of the Clubtail dragonflies and one of our very largest species.

Comment by Paul & Kitty Martin on March 3, 2013 at 1:30pm

Lol, forgot my commet, anyone know the name of this large dragonfly?

Comment by Paul & Kitty Martin on March 3, 2013 at 1:24pm

Comment by Dwayne Biggar on October 16, 2012 at 10:33am

Very warm here yesterday and last night (spring peepers were quite vocal), as soon as the sun peeked out a few meadowhawks were active.  

Comment by Anne Marsch on July 10, 2012 at 5:34pm

Thanks Denis.(Once again) Will  post to discussions next time. No problem.

Comment by Anne Marsch on July 10, 2012 at 5:26pm


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