The New Year started off with some serious winter weather, but Mother Nature has given us a break for the past three days, with the temperatures hovering around a more bearable 5°C, plus or minus a degree or two. As good a time as any to take advantage of the moderate meteorologic conditions and search for whatever dragonflies might be out and about.
The woodland stream depicted in the next photos is along the trans-Canada Trail, roughly half a kilometer east of Tweed. This is the view looking north of the trail.
There are some mayfly naiads inhabiting the stream but they are not common. Caddisflies are a bit better represented, I found two species, a small one that makes its protective casing out of grains of sand, and the larva in the following photo. (Incidentally, the insect was pulled from its case by accident, I didn't tear it out for the sake of a few pictures.)