This week’s #SpeciesOfTheWeek is the Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum). It is the latest-flying dragonfly in Ontario. It typically flies until the first heavy frost, so in southern Ontario, it can be seen in November and even December. Male meadowhawks are distinctive as the only small red dragonflies in the area. Females and immature males are yellow or brown in colour. The Autumn Meadowhawk is also known as the Yellow-legged Meadowhawk, as the yellow legs readily distinguish it from other meadowhawks. As the name suggests, meadowhawks can often be seen flying around meadows in large swarms, and they are possibly the most abundant genera of dragonfly at Murphys Point. Some dragonflies can spend several years in their aquatic larval phase, but the Autumn Meadowhawk’s lifespan is short and sweet. Eggs are laid on muddy banks of lakes and ponds in the fall and hatch in the spring when water levels rise to cover them. The larvae develop quickly, and adults start emerging in July. Then, it’s a race to feed, mature, and find a mate. Autumn Meadowhawks oviposit in tandem, which means the male stays attached to the female during egg-laying, guarding her against other males who might try to mate with her. The eggs are laid, and the life cycle starts again.
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MINE TOURS AND OTHER PROGRAMSYes…there will be Silver Queen Mine Tours this summer!The park is planning to have guided tours on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10am. Sundays will feature the regular Open House at the mine (10am to noon). The first tour will be Canada Day (July 1).Registration for all guided tours will open Monday, June 27. Space is limited so you must pre-register at the gatehouse or call 613-267-5060. Registration is not required for the open houses.ALSO!Evening Programs will be Saturday nights, starting in July. The time will change based on our daylight hours.Snake Talks will be every day at 2pm outside the visitor centre, starting Canada Day.Exploration stations, prop tables, and Kids programs will be advertised the week of on our program boards.Stay tuned for a great summer!
For the latest information on COVID-19 precautions and available amenities at Murphys Point (services, facilities, attractions) during the 2022 season, be sure to check https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/murphyspoint.
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