Some of the insects were willing to pose for photos, others less so. Still, I submit for your curiosity, a gallery of things with wings.
This first insect was flying around and landing on the toothwort blossoms. The narrow waist makes me think it is a wasp, but the sponging mouthpart, and the antennae say "fly." I'm waiting for results from BugGuide.
While photographing the ginseng, I watched this mosquito as it flew in for a meal...not on me, but on the flower. It must, therefore, be a male mosquito, which I know feast at flowers instead of humans.
I was a bit surprised to see this damselfly flitting about - it seems too early for them. But, they would know better than I when it's best to emerge. They are flighty things, and difficult to track down for photos. I believe this is an aurora damsel (Chromagrion conditum), the key for ID being the yellow patch on the side of the thorax (looks greenish to me). These damsels emerge in spring and early summer and are considered rather sedentary (yeah, right). They are perchers, staking out their territories from vegetation near streams, swamp, and spring pools. We were near the beaver pond when we met.
How scary-looking is this beetle (you may have noticed him yesterday lurking on the indian cucumber root)? You can't tell by this photo, but it had a bit of a green iridescence to it's elytra (wing cases). This is a stag beetle (Platycerus virescens). Most stag beetles have these enormous antler-like mouthparts (mandibles), but this fellow's mandibles are fairly small. Even so, I don't think I'd want to be on the receiving end of a bite.
A bit later on, I spied this common baskettail (Epitheca cynosura). What caught my eye about this lovely dragonfly was how furry its thorax was. An adaptation for emerging early in the year when the mornings can still be quite chilly?
A dragonfly emerging from its nymphal exoskeleton (exuvia)! Actually, the dragonfly had already emerged and was just standing on it's shed skin, resting. This gave me a great chance to get some close-ups.
I really wanted to capture the eyes, but had a devil of a time doing so.
Again, note how furry it is, even on the abdomen! I believe this is another common baskettail. These dragonflies are erratic and rapid fliers, so it's a good thing I saw them shortly after emergence, when they weren't quite to energetic (I saw some more up by the frog pond, and there was no way I could capture them with the camera - zip, zip, zip!).
I was up at the beaver pond when I heard a ruckus of hawk calls from the general vicinity of this tree. I saw a hawk fly to the tree and vanish. Could there be a nest here? Then another hawk soared over the tree and off to the east. I'm pretty sure it was a red-tail. Of course, I had the wrong lens on the camera, so I couldn't get any shots. So, I fumbled with the camera bag, got out the correct lens and assembled the camera. In short order a second hawk flew from the tree.
They were so focused on their mineral meal that they completely ignored me, allowing me to get quite close. The wind had begun to pick up by now and kept catching their wings and flipping them up.
This is a small green frog (Rana clamitans), and because the tympanum (the circular thing behind the eye - what serves as an ear) is smaller than the eye, we know it's a female. On male frogs, the tympanum is larger than the eye.