Yellow-sided Skimmer (Female)
There were field trips over about a week beginning in coastal SC areas, then around Cheraw and finally at the Chatooga River. Over 102 species were seen over the course of the week. I especially enjoyed the field trip to the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge. When I had visited before, I had not focused on the many pools in the refuge. As we spent time near those pools we noticed many species like: elfin skimmer, yellow-sided skimmer, calico pennant, lilypad forktails, etc. It was amazing how many different species you could see in just 100 yards right beside the roadway.
Elfin Skimmer (Male)
Lilypad Forktail (Immature Female)
Calico Pennant (Male)
I highly recommend the organization: Dragonfly Society of the Americas. Membership is inexpensive and the resources are excellent. All of the members were accessible and eager to share what they know about odonates. The next annual meeting will be in Saskatchewan, Canada July 12-14, 2013, however, there are regional meetings planned each year as well. Here is a link with information about how to join: http://odonatacentral.org/index.php/PageAction.get/name/DSAHomePage