A recent survey of Brandon Park by consultant Mark Dilley, of MAD Scientist Associates, LLC, resulted in the discovery of the slaty skimmer dragonfly, Libellula insect. This dragonfly has never been recorded before in Franklin county. The species is not a protected or rare species, but it is certainly rare in Franklin County. It has been documented in adjoining counties to the East, Licking and Fairfield.
The finding will be submitted for the county record to the Ohio Odonata Survey.
The slaty skimmer is a large dragonfly sometimes called the “blueberry dragonfly” because of its distinctive blueish black color. In Ohio it is found in the eastern half of the state with the largest populations in extreme southern counties. They prefer forest ponds and quiet, marshy ponds. The Brandon Park pond fills the bill nicely for this beautiful dragonfly!
Dragonflies are considered “environmental indicators” and represent a quality habitat when they are present. Dublin has fostered naturalized pond and wetland areas and we have abundant habitat to support the ecosystems needed to support dragonflies. Their presence tells us the ecosystem in and around the pond is healthy and balanced and contains a large diversity of plant and animal life.