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Below are some special photographs courtesy of the Georgia Conservancy, one of the South’s oldest and most effective state conservation organizations. The pictures are taken by the Conservancy’s President Pierre Howard. Along with his role with the Conservancy, Howard is a former two-term Lt. Governor of Georgia.
Ohoopee Dunes geometer
The lone endemic moth found in Georgia, the Ohoopee Dunes geometer (Fernaldella georgiana), is only known from the sand dune ecosystem along the Ohoopee River in Emanuel and Tattnall counties between Macon and Savannah. It flies during the day, but it can easily be overlooked as it perches in low vegetation in its arid habitat.
A male Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at home in Bartow County, Georgia. The bird is common throughout Texas, Oklahoma (state bird), Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Colorado and Missouri but is rare in Georgia.
The Needham’s Skimmer (Libellula needhami) is found in ponds and freshwater or brackish marshes in Georgia’s coastal and inner coastal counties from late March to early October, with a few records inland from the coastal area.
Additional photos can be found on Pierre Howard’s blog.
Photos: Pierre Howard
by Pat Byington, Editor of The Green Register