29 December 2014

DSA = 25 years !

Ladysmith, Wisconsin, was the place to be June 13-15, 2014.

 I combined attending this Dragonfly Society of the Americas meeting with the Ophiogomphus searches recorded in previous posts and followed by a quick family visit in western WI.

The meeting presentations were great with a variety of topics and the field trip locations provided access to great snaketail and clubtail habitat.  The Chippewa River just west of town was teaming with dragonflies.

west side of bridge

east side of Chippewa River

Bryan Pfeiffer did a few blog posts noting finds and experiences of the DSA meeting here.

Others have much better photos than me, but here's a few photos of the target species at this location.  Of course, there were many other species flying in large numbers.

male Pygmy Snaketail (O. howei):

This Pygmy Snaketail was perched in front of the vehicles as folks ate lunch. (note the tinted hindwing)

Pygmy Snaketail dorsal view of abdomen

male St. Croix Snaketail (O. susbehcha):

This male St. Croix Snaketail landed in a group of sunlit trees up the bank from the river.

dorsal view of St. Croix Snaketail abdomen
 The location and community hosting this DSA meeting was very welcoming.  If one wants to find an abundance of snaketails, the Ladysmith area is highly recommended.

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