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A Gomphus fraternus (Midland Clubtail) eats a Baskettail (Epitheca sp.) / © Bryan Pfeiffer

HERE’S A PARTING SHOT from the 2014 Dragonfly Society of the America’s annual meeting in Wisconsin: a Gomphus fraternus (Midland Clubtail) eating an Epitheca (baskettail) species, most likely E. spinigera, Spiny Baskettail, along the Wisconsin River near Woodruff. Nothing odd here, just dragonflies being dragonflies: flying around, having sex, and killing things, including one another.

We wrapped up our meeting with a bonus excursion to peatlands and rivers in northeastern Wisconsin. To our hosts for this gathering – Ken Tennessen, Bob Dubois, Denny Johnson, Bill Smith, Ryan Chrouser and others I’m sorry to have omitted – I offer the most sincere gratitude. I’ll post a final species list once Bob compiles it. Read other DSA meeting updates here.

Next for me is the 2014 Northeast regional meeting of the DSA in Binghamton, NY. On my way there I stopped at a spectacular bog in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where I encountered two prized northern butterflies: Boloria eunomia (Bog Fritillary), which I have sought (unsuccessfully) in Vermont for more than a decade, and Boloria frigga (Frigga Fritillary). Here’s the Bog Frit, evidence that in butterflies beauty lies on both sides of the wings.

More on that bog, which featured more deer flies than I’ve ever encountered in one place, later. Onward!


Bog Fritillary (Boloria eunomia) / © Bryan Pfeiffer

Bog Fritillary (Boloria eunomia) / © Bryan Pfeiffer


Bog Fritillary (Boloria eunomia) / © Bryan Pfeiffer

Bog Fritillary (Boloria eunomia) / © Bryan Pfeiffer

  1. Sue Cloutier says:

    We have had one of those butterflies in Maine (Bog Frit), the other in Wyoming (frigga). Stunning butterflies and well worth the time in the field! Sorry to have missed the meetings this year. Love to hear about them and see photos. Thank you!

  2. raharlow2013 says:

    Fantastic shots Bryan, excellent clarity!
    How about you doing an outdoor photographic class doing Dragons/Damsels/Butterflies here in VT?
    I’d bet you would have a FULL class!!
    Thanks for sharing! Dick Harlow

    • Bryan says:

      Thanks, Dick. I would love to do this. Only problem is that I won’t be in Vermont until August — then I’m swamped with other work. But let’s stay in touch. I should try to pull this together.

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