A place for my notes on the Dragonflies and Damselflies in Michigan, as well as tips on collecting, observing and anything else that is even remotely related...
Friday, May 25, 2012
May Trameas in Michigan
I was out at the small muddy pond in Pittsfield Preserve during my lunch hour today. It looked very much like a summer day -- breezy, humid, and 85 degrees. The small pond is slowly drying up and it is about 10% of the area that it occupied in March. I saw several Plathemis lydia, a couple of Anax junius, a Libellula pulchella, Ischnura verticalis and Lestes sp. I spotted my first Erythemis simplicicollis of the season, too. A little way away from the pond, I flushed out a Tramea! I watched the dragonfly until it finally settled down on some vegetation. I carefully walked up to it and netted it in the grass. It is a sexually immature female that looks like it has but recently emerged. This is the first Tramea lacerata that I have seen in May, though Julie and Darrin collected one on 5/26/2010 in Wayne County. If this emerged locally, it would have had to survive the winter, which of course, was quite mild this year. As I said before, this is going to be an interesting season.