Odonates returning

As the calendar turns from January to February, damselflies and dragonflies are returning to the yard. Today three lovely male Citrine Forktails (Ischnura hastata) were in the back yard while I was baby sitting for three-year-old Daniel, home with a respiratory infection. (Yay, work from home.)

While he was helpfully turning the back yard into mud, I was able to corral one of the damselflies near a lovely blue Salvia flower on the side of the house (it’s not Tropical Sage, Salvia coccinea, but a new variety I picked up recently—long enough ago, though, that I forget which species it is):

Citrine Forktail (Ischnura hastata). Boca Raton, FL, February 3, 2015.

Citrine Forktail (Ischnura hastata). Boca Raton, FL, February 3, 2015.

Pretty as a picture. I just love these little guys. I saw one or two of them in the yard in January, but I’m pretty sure this is the first time this year we’ve had three at once.