Saturday, September 09, 2006

Damselfly portrait - Enallagma civile

Damselfly portrait
Originally uploaded by argusmaniac.

Today I finally had a day in the field at Humbug Marsh, south of Detroit, in Wayne Co. Adrienne and I joined Julie Craves and Darrin O'Brien, ostensibly in search of some unsual wasps. There were quite a few Odes out -- thousands of Enallgma civile were flying over vegetation and feeding. Lots of Pantala flavescens and a few Anax junius and Tramea lacerata, and some Aeshna umbrosa. Darrin did catch a Stylurus notatus, which was the prize of the day. It was a brief trip, but very interesting, and certainly great to be out in the field with Julie and Darrin!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Stupid Bugs...

I was walking down an Ann Arbor street yesterday around noon, and watched a female Pantala flavescens repeatedly go through the motions of oviposition on the hood of a mini-van. I had seen this behavior before, but not in the middle of town. I know that this species depends on quick flights into small ponds and pools to reproduce. I have seen their larvae in man-made pools in town, as well. At least there, they have a chance to live. However, a shiny automobile exterior just does not qualify as an oviposition site. I guess the stupid are less likely to pass on their genes, or at least in the case of dragonflies, it's auto-destruction...

Monday, June 12, 2006

Costalis in my front yard

Hanging Out
Originally uploaded by argusmaniac.

On Saturday, I was shooting photos of insects in my front yard, and I saw what looked like an Epitheca go flitting by and land on a plant. I watched as he flew up again and then perched on a silene stalk. I approached very slowly and eventually was within a foot of him, shooting photos all the while. Satisfied that I got all I needed, I knew I had to catch him as a voucher, since it did look like an Epitheca costalis. Amazing. I just grabbed him with my fingers. That does not happen every day.

Monday, May 29, 2006

June Traverse Magazine

Emerald eyes
Originally uploaded by argusmaniac.

Check out this month's Traverse Magazine (June 2006). It has a big article on Hine's Emerald and prominently features the Michigan Odonata Survey as well as the UMMZ and me. Best of all the magazine used three of my photos, and the one here is a full-pager. Pretty darn cool exposure for Hine's, for Odonatology, and the MOS!

I bought a copy at Barnes and Noble today, and told the checkout clerk that it was exciting to see my photos in the magazine. She probably thought I was putting her on...

Monday, February 06, 2006

Over the Top - 25,000 records

I always felt that we were doing pretty good on our database of Michigan Odonata. Last week I entered the remaining specimens from Julie and Darrin into our MOS database, and went over 25,000 records. That's pretty darn good for a group like the Odonata. A lot of states (in fact, most) do not have a specimen-level database that is the equal of ours. I suspect only Ohio has this much data.

So, allow me to gloat a bit -- this was done on a shoestring.

A screen shot of the 25,000th entry -- Julie Crave's Great Blue Skimmer voucher from Wayne Co.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

2005 Summary

what I am working on
Originally uploaded by argusmaniac.

Well, a first post for the new year, and as seen in the photo, you can see that I have been working on compiling a yearly summary for the newsletter. Somewhere around 420 records for 2005, and lots of county records, and one state record. This may not be as much fun as going in the field and catching them, but in the end, it has to be done.