2017 June 25--Odonates at Mom's Pond (Private Property), Umpqua, Oregon

I've been enjoying learning about Odonates--dragonflies and damselflies. About 70 species have been documented in Douglas County (Valley and Johnson). Not only are many of them readily distinguishable visually, they have habitat associations, behaviors, and flight styles that make them all unique. Some species mostly breed in and along streams, while others are primarily near pond habitats. Some perch often on the ground and are not very skiddish, whereas others are more easily startled and rarely land. The way they interact with their environment, with each other, combined with their diverse colors, shapes, sizes, and behaviors makes them fascinating to study.

I recently went to where I knew there were lots of odonates: my mother's pond on her private property in Umpqua. I was not disappointed. In a couple hour's time I was able to photograph 9 species of dragonflies, and I wouldn't be surprised if I missed a couple. I left without giving any time to photographing damselflies. That will be my plan for next time. Click on any of the observations below to access more photos of these critters from various angles.

Posted by umpquamatt umpquamatt, June 27, 2017 07:50

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Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

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June 25, 2017 10:57 AM PDT

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Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata)

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June 25, 2017 11:26 AM PDT

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Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata)

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June 25, 2017 11:45 AM PDT

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Common Green Darner (Anax junius)

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June 25, 2017 11:55 AM PDT

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That cyclops eye on top is amazing! Never saw one land.

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Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

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June 25, 2017 11:33 AM PDT

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Commonly landed, usually low, and easy to approach.

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Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis)

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June 25, 2017 11:38 AM PDT

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Landef pretty often.

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Common Green Darner (Anax junius)

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June 25, 2017 12:17 PM PDT

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Never saw one land. Bullseye mark impressive. Body colors spectacular.

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Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

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June 25, 2017 12:26 PM PDT

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Cardinal Meadowhawk (Sympetrum illotum)

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June 25, 2017 10:44 AM PDT

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Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

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June 25, 2017 10:46 AM PDT

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Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis)

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June 25, 2017 10:59 AM PDT

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Cardinal Meadowhawk (Sympetrum illotum)

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June 25, 2017 11:00 AM PDT

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Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata)

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June 25, 2017 12:27 PM PDT

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Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

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June 25, 2017 12:28 PM PDT

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Western Pondhawk (Erythemis collocata)

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June 25, 2017 11:01 AM PDT

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Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

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June 25, 2017 11:02 AM PDT

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Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

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June 25, 2017 11:02 AM PDT

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Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

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June 25, 2017 11:04 AM PDT

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Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

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June 25, 2017 11:05 AM PDT

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Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

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June 25, 2017 11:05 AM PDT

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Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

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June 25, 2017 11:06 AM PDT

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Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis)

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June 25, 2017 11:06 AM PDT

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Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata)

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June 25, 2017 11:08 AM PDT

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Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis)

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June 25, 2017 11:08 AM PDT

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Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata)

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June 25, 2017 11:08 AM PDT

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Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata)

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June 25, 2017 11:08 AM PDT

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Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

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June 25, 2017 11:10 AM PDT

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Flame Skimmer (Libellula saturata)

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June 25, 2017 11:10 AM PDT

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Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

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June 25, 2017 11:12 AM PDT

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Dot-tailed Whiteface (Leucorrhinia intacta)

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June 25, 2017 11:13 AM PDT

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Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

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June 25, 2017 11:13 AM PDT

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Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

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June 25, 2017 11:15 AM PDT

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Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

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June 25, 2017 12:04 PM PDT

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Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis)

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June 25, 2017 12:05 PM PDT

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Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis)

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June 25, 2017 12:10 PM PDT

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Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

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June 25, 2017 12:18 PM PDT

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