Saturday, June 09, 2007

A Good Day at Embury Road


Lestes dryas male

At some point, I'm going to have to finish up the Odes of Washtenaw County, seeing that there really is no reason not to, other than inertia. Today was a good visit to one of my favorite Odonata sites, Embury Road over in Lyndon Twp., on the NW corner of the county. That particular area is wonderfully diverse, with Tamarack bogs, cattail marshes, small fens, seeps, deciduous woods, streams and small lakes. Marjorie accompanied me today, and caught the first dragonfly of the day along the roadside, which turned out to be an Epitheca cynosura.

We saw a lot of activity, and the only dragonfly that we could not catch was a Tramea onusta (pretty sure on that) that stayed about 20 feet high before it finally flew off.
Here's a list of what we saw and or caught:
Anax junius
Rhionaeschna mutata
Celithemis elisa
Libellula pulchella
Libellula cyanea
Libellua incesta
Libellula luctuosa
Leucorrhinia intacta
Ladona julia
Plathemis lydia
Erythemis simplicicollis
Pachydiplax longipennis
Tramea onusta
Epitheca cynosura
Gomphus spicatus
Cordulegaster maculata (near stream)
Argia fumipennis violacea
Calopteryx maculata
Lestes dryas
Enallagma sp.

Twenty species isn't bad!

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