Happy Halloween from the Halloween Pennant, Celithemis eponina.
Stay tuned for an exciting announcement later this week...
I had high hopes for myself at the start of the season, but really only managed to get out and do any collecting/observation a few times per month. However, the fact that there are some new enthusiasts up in the Lansing area, Saginaw, Houghton, and of course, the dynamic Julie-Darrin Duo in Wayne Co., makes up for me being a slacker. Doug McWhirter has been busy up in the Lansing area, and has been issuing monthly updates on the Odes that his group has been recording. I'll be putting that list up on the MOS site this fall for a yearly summary.
Now of course, we are seeing a lot of migrants, but I hope that I can get out and catch some Hetaerina titia near Manchester on the Raisin River this weekend.
On Saturday, Adrienne and I did some collecting at Hudson Mills Metropark, which lies N of Dexter, along the Huron River. There are some nice stretches of cobbles and gravelly substrates there, and it's a great place for lots of riverine Odes. It has been a few years since I collected there in June, and there werev lots of teneral Argia in the vegetation, as well as a few mature specimens of Argia apicalis. I collected a female Hetaerina americana from the small stream that feeds into the Huron River -- a perfect place for Calopteryx maculata, which is abundant there, with plenty of overhanging grasses for perches. In the river, there were lots of Enallagma exsulans flying in tandem and perched on pickerelweed.
I caught what I think is a female Gomphus exilis feeding on a teneral Argia. The damselfly was nearly as long as the gomphid. A while later, while standing in a wet meadow, I looked up and saw a large ode hurtling towards me and I quickly brought my net up and captured a Macromia illinoiensis. I thought that was the nice find of the day until I caught a male Gomphus fraternus that was perched on the top of a small maple overlooing the Huron. I was standing above him on the boardwalk that crosses under North Territorial Road. It was not until I looked at the MOS database that I realized that we had no records of the Midland Clubtail from the Huron River in Washtenaw Co. Previously, I had caught the species along the Raisin River at Sharon Mill.
I know I preach a lot about going to a place repeatedly, and this goes to show that it pays off.