Damselflies And Dragonflies: A Walk Along Lake Irena In Hazle Township
With the onset of Summer, and the warmer temperatures, one finds an increase in one of my favorite insects here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the damselflies and dragonflies. They can be seen darting, hovering or perching on branches, rocks or just about anything near a source of water.
Last Thursday I took my macro lens and hiked along the shores of Lake Irena in Community Park. Located only about a mile from my home I have been visiting this park and lake since I was a child. It was mostly sunny, warm with a few cumulus clouds floating in clear blue skies. It didn’t take long to find the damselflies and dragonflies. They were everywhere, and their numbers will continue to increase with the warmer weather.
I have learned there are 27 species of dragonflies and damselflies in Pennsylvania. The highlighted words are a link to a website that identifies them. I tried to identify a few of the ones I saw on my hike for this blog post. But, like bird identification, it is difficult and takes time. Unfortunately, something I don’t have a lot of. . Please correct me if I am wrong. I believe this dragonfly is a male widow skimmer.
So I will just share the photos I took and make some observations on my walk. I walked along the shore of the lake and saw many different dragonflies darting about. Eventually they tire and rest on a branch,
Once they mate, the female damselflies and dragonflies lay her eggs in the water where they young nymphs will remain for most of their lives. almost four years. The are voracious eaters and even feed on other nymphs. In the spring the mature nymphs emerge from the water and transform into adults with their delicate wings. I found this discarded nymph body on a pickerelweed leaf.
I walked around the lake three time, close to a mile a lap, and saw and heard many frogs jumping into the waters of the lake but i couldn’t photograph any. I did manage to get a photo of this cormorant sitting in the sun.
and the sheep laurel were blooming, reminding me that the Summer won’t last forever. It seems every year the progression of the flowers and plants, and the maturing of the young insects, birds and animals just keeps going quicker.
It seems like yesterday when I walked around a frozen lake. And before you know it, it will be frozen again. The circle of life moves on. But I will enjoy everyday of the warm weather and search for the many wonders of nature that surround us. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs of the damselflies and dragonflies I saw on my hike. Community Park macro hike June 25 2020
“I love to see the sunshine on the wings of the Dragonflies… there is magic in it.”