13 February 2010

Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula) in San Diego

It's winter and it's tough to find dragonflies in Michigan. While at a conference in San Diego this week, we found a bit of time to look for odes along the San Diego River.

We managed to find several individuals of one species, Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula), which may be good considering temps in the 50s (F).

Nannothemis captured this male having lunch:

I was able to capture a couple males by hand for these shots:

...and the habitat along the San Diego River:

The next day Nannothemis captured this image of me on the hunt for a female:

Here's a female Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula) in the hand:

Hopefully our next destination turns up more species, but we suspect that may be a tall order. Check back in a couple of weeks to see if we have any success.