Wildlife That Flutters
by Laura M. de la Garza: Environmental Education Park Ranger .. SANWR
published September 2016
Dragonflies are common and can be found around our backyards.
If you have been to the Santa Ana National
Wildlife Refuge lately you've probably seen
many fluttering insects of wonder. I'm not
talking about butterflies, but rather dragonflies
and damselflies. Also known in the scientific
community as Odonats, these critters are quite
I was enjoying a nice breeze on a sunny afternoon
at the refuge headquarter pond last
week when I noticed all these fluttering insects
zooming past me. I sure was fascinated
at their behavior. Watching them fly around the
wetlands and zoom around the water was like
watching a Broadway show.
I'm a hopeless romantic so watching a dragonfly
couple zoom around together and observe
the male gently hold his female as she laid her
eggs in the Resaca was just an "awe" moment.
I even spotted a turquoise tipped darner as
it hovered just above me in an almost stealth
like mode. These little guys can be quite colorful
and as I sat back and observed them I felt I
was watching a rainbow of critters dance above
the quite waters of Santa Ana National Wildlife
Refuge headquarter pond.
It occurred to me just then that much like
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge is an urban
neighbor in Alamo's backyard, these fluttering
insects are urban neighbors too and they
can be found in your backyard.
So the next time you're spending some time
outside, sit back and ENJOY THE SHOW.