1st Odonate of the Year Seen Today

A Pacific Forktail (Ishnura cervula) was spotted and photographed at the Visitor Center Pollinator Garden.This is a colorful, yet small (about 1 inch in length) damselfly. It is the first dragonfly species to fly in spring (Paulson 2009). They are carnivorous in nature; eat other insects. Easy to identify, it has four blue spots atop the thorax (first body segment attached to head). Adult lifespan to 15 days.

Want to attract these insects to your yard? National Wildlife Federation has a webpage with instructions on attracting them to your yard.