Posted by gregdodge June 23, 2015 Hot Summer Sights Even though it’s blistering hot outside, it’s still worth the trip outdoors to see what’s going on. Here’s proof. Some dragonflies. A male blue dasher. Same dasher from the rear. A common whitetail and an eastern amberwing (both males). Male great blue skimmer. Same skimmer, closer and while twisting its head around to follow a passing flying insect, a potential prey item. A trio of butterflies. A pearl crescent on butterfly weed. Silver-spotted skipper on dogbane. Horace’s duskywing. A fly. Saw this large fly on the ground in Explore the Wild. It’s a male (females lack the light bands across the eyes) three spot horsefly (Tabanus trimaculatus). And turtle news. Sure sign that a turtle had crawled across the mud. More turtle sign. Three turtles heading for land to lay eggs. Turtle tracks in firm mud near water’s edge, proof that turtle came ashore. Sure sign that a raccoon has found a turtle nest and eaten the eggs. Parting shot. The Wetlands.