Many people took up bird-watching during the pandemic, but have you tried oding, which has been dubbed the new birding? Oding is the art of spotting dragonflies, a fascinating insect that was flying around earth even before the dinosaurs.
There are lots of places to see dragonflies in D.C., but the first place to go is Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Kenilworth is the largest tidal marsh in the area, and is filled with dragonflies (as well as the famous lotus and waterlilies).
Dragonflies have eyes with 360-degree vision, containing 30,000 lenses.
Dragonflies can be found anywhere there is a small pond of water. Here are some of the other good places to spot dragonflies around D.C.:
Tregaron Conservancy is a nature enclave in Cleveland Park, with a pond on the south end.
There’s a small lily pond at the National Zoo.
Rock Creek Park
There are lots of dragonflies along the creek in Rock Creek Park.
Kingman Island is man-made, formed in the Anacostia by dredging about a hundred years ago. Dragonflies are abundant in the swampy areas at the south end of the island.
This one is a damselfly, not a dragonfly. You can tell the difference by the extremely long and thin body of the damselfly.
If a dragonfly lands on your head, it’s supposed to bring you luck, so wishing you all the best!