Adios Mochacho!

Mocha Emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora linearis) was spotted along a small creek at a remote location in the forest at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is a male, as indicated by his terminal appendages and hamules.

The Dragonflies of Northern Virginia Calendar of Flight Periods by Kevin Munroe, former manager at Huntley Meadows Park, shows the adult flight period for Mocha Emerald is from the second week in June through mid-September.

In my experience, July is prime time for Mocha Emerald in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. I spotted many Mochas during a visit to the same location during the second week in July. In contrast, the male featured in this post was the only Mocha Emerald spotted during an intense search along the stream. So it may be time to say “Adios Mocha-cho — see you next year!”

Copyright © 2017 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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2 Responses to “Adios Mochacho!”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Beautiful shot, Walter. This species is pretty tough to find and photograph, since the Mocha Emeralds often inhabit dark places which they share with lots of mosquitoes and other flying insects. It’s additional food for the dragonfly, but we risk becoming food for the mosquitoes.

    • waltersanford Says:

      Thanks, Mike. I resisted the urge to rant (in the post) about the off-leash dog that flushed the Mocha before I had an opportunity to take more photos, but there it is — I’m SO TIRED of self-centered pet owners who think their dog(s) should be allowed to run freely in nature parks/preserves!

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