One ode I did not note in my previous post about Kentucky was a brown-and-yellow, medium-sized dragonfly we saw in several places while at Berheim Forest. They were patrolling the margins of two lakes, one a large (32 acre) lake, the other lake about a third that size. They were in constant motion, never perching, and hard to get on with binoculars. We could see the cerci were pale. This had us stumped. Unicorn Clubtail (Arigomphus villosipes) patrols like this and has pale cerci, but it was early for them, and they also frequently perch on flat surfaces.Sylurus thought these could be Stream Cruisers (Didymops transversa). That's what they looked like, but according to our references, the habitat and behavior were not quite right:
- Dragonflies through Binoculars -- Male cruises along streams; feeds by flying low over fields, perches obliquely on weed stems.
- Dragonflies of Indiana -- Wooded streams, ponds, and small lakes.
- Dragonflies of the North Woods -- Flies low while hunting, dodging between tight spaces between plants.
It was a Stream Cruiser after all. I can't remember which book I read this in, but one description noted the "long spidery legs" of this species. This photo sure shows that!
We placed the cruiser on a shrub near the lake, where it obligingly hung around for a few more photos.