GOMPHUS SPICATUS (courtesy of Phil Myers, UMMZ)
Gomphid dragonflies are predominantly dwellers of moving water, but a few (Arigomphus, the pond clubtails, and this species) are lake dwellers. Gomphus spicatus is one such dragonfly -- larvae are found mostly in lotic situations, and where they are found in streams, they tend to be encountered in slow moving slough-like habitats. This one is doing what this species seems to do best- bask on the ground. It has been out and flying for the past few weeks in lower Michigan.