Archive | June 12, 2014

In Search of the Boghaunter

Hudsonian Whiteface

Hudsonian Whiteface

The Ebony Boghaunter is a rare dragonfly that spends its life in the forested sphagnum bogs of the northeast. It is a small dragonfly, approximately 1.1 to 1.4 inches in the length, and is black with white rings near the base of the abdomen. The face is dark metallic brown; males have bright green eyes while females have gray eyes. In Ottawa their flight season occurs in May and June, making them one of the earlier species on the wing. Because of their preference for acidic bogs, fens and wetlands dominated by sphagnum, they are not easy to find. Fortunately eastern Ontario is home to two large bogs, Mer Bleue and Alfred Bog further east, both of which have boardwalks that provide access onto the bog. Mer Bleue is close to the city and the only place I’ve ever seen them. These small emeralds are not as skittish as other dragonflies; look for them perching on tree trunks or on the boardwalk itself where they can be easily approached.

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