Besides the many human visitors to the Museum on the mild, blue-sky day after Thanksgiving, Autumn Meadowhawks (Sympetrum vicinum) were out in numbers. These late season dragonflies can be seen into the first half of December.

These Autumn Meadowhawks in the copulation wheel are just two of the many seen on the day after Thanksgiving. To the delight of the people sitting on a bench in Explore the Wild, these two meadowhawks decided to land on their napkin to mate (11/25/11).

While I expect to see meadowhawks at this time of year, what was remarkable is the sighting of a female Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) in Explore the Wild. Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo. The typical flight period for Common Whitetails is from late March to early October, we’re at the end of November.

Keep your eyes open, you never know what’s going to show up!

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