We went over to the American River Bend Park and walked the horse trails that took us over the bridge to the west side of the river. I was expecting to see a lot more dragonflies than we did, but I DID get there early in the morning. It takes a few hours for them to warm up… I did get some photos of a handsome Black Saddlebags dragonfly (Tramea lacerate) and saw a couple of large Green Darners, but no others. I also got some photos of late summer Lady Bugs, their eggs and offspring; saw some “exuvia” (skin) of some other kind of flying bug; came across trees covered in red wasp galls; and also found a small bird’s nest… We walked for about 2 hours and then headed back to the car… just as a foot-race was ending; everyone passed us on the trail heading for the finish line.
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