This evening a friend posted on Facebook that he’d had a Common Nighthawk fly over his house in Baie d’Urfé. ‘Needing’ it for the year in Quebéc, I went out into the garden to scan the skies as we get them in St-Lazare too and quite regularly in autumn. I looked up and latched on to a flying ode that was ‘fluttering’ around one of the pines, it was a clubtail and it settled!!! Grabbing the camera I took some pretty poor shots but the insect sat in its chosen spot, about seven meters height and on sunny perch.
Realizing that I could climb out of the window and stalk the thing from the roof I did just that and managed the shot below. It was an Elusive Clubtail Stylurus notatus (Gomphe marqué) as you can see and a life ode – superb. I then remembered that I was afraid of heights but hey, Elusive Clubtail in the garden.