This week’s #SpeciesOfTheWeek is the smallest dragonfly in North America, the Elfin Skimmer (Nannothemis bella). With a body length of 18-20 mm and a wingspan of 10-15 mm, this diminutive dragonfly is smaller than most damselflies. Like all other dragonflies, Elfin Skimmers are sexually dimorphic. Males have a blue-grey body, while females have a black body with yellow stripes on the thorax and yellow bands on the abdomen. Due to their small size, females may be mistaken for wasps. Elfin skimmers reproduce in sphagnum bogs, and adults rarely travel more than a couple of hundred meters from the bog in which they hatched. They will fly at the water’s edge and in nearby vegetation, frequently perching on low shrubs and sedges. In Ontario, the flight season is from May to August. This species was first discovered in the park in 2017, but was not seen again until 2021! A larger population was discovered this June on the Silver Queen Mine Trail. Keep a keen eye out when hiking this area, and you just might see this small skimmer!
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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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