Friday, May 20, 2011

Forgotten Photo Friday, Th’ar be Dragons!

Okay, it is Friday and that means Forgotten Photo Friday. This is where I comb deep into the archives to find the lost and forgotten. But this week is a little different. I didn't forget these photos, Blogger did!

Yes, last week when Blogger lost its mind, it lost my scheduled post. Blogger was down for about 72 hours for "maintenance". Maintenance? What developer would take a live database down 72 hours for "maintenance"? Hmmm, something smells fishy and it ain't because the wind over the neighborhood seafood restaurant's dumpster.

So here is the forgotten post that was scheduled for Thursday, 12 May 2011.

At last, at last! The first dragon of the year! And it is a new species for SMU. This is a Ringed Boghaunter. According to A Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Massachusetts, the Ringed Boghaunter is spottily distributed in the Northeast US and Great Lakes Region. They are rare in Massachusetts, found in north-central and eastern Massachusetts.

The other piece of trivia is that this species is considered to be  leftovers from the glacier period when it was colder, after the glaciers retreated and before the temperate forest extended north. They can be found as from mid April through mid June.

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

I found these near a wetland up in Dogtown Square, but not really close to the water. They do like to land on sunny spots on the granite rocks and on the leaf litter. The gnats are out now and I watch one catch them and feast on them like the were popcorn.

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

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Roy said...

Superb shots with some great backgrounds Steve.

Frank said...

First time I have seen an image of this species. Nice find Steve.

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