03 April 2011

Return to Nicaragua

We made a return trip to Nicaragua in March 3-12, 2011. Our main task was to help with a bird banding project again, but we also did ode surveys at several locations -- and we had permission to net and release at each location, which was a big help. We ended up confirming 20 species, with a few other possibles, which isn't too bad considering that our visit was during the winter months.

Finca Esperanza Verde and General Nestor's were both visited in our 2009 trip which is summarized here. The numbers of individuals seemed to be greater this year than during the 2009 trip. This could have been due to the wetter fall/winter due to the La Nina year.

The new locations we visited were a stream crossing near Yucul due to a flat tire and El Jaguar Reserve.

LOCATIONS VISITED

FINCA ESPERANZA VERDE (FEV) -- shade coffee farm near San Ramon, Matagalpa dept.
-- Main buildings: 12.93978, -85.78003, 1100 m
-- Yellow trail creek: 12.93398, -85.78248, 1100 m
-- Blue trail creek: 12.9382, -85.7814, ~1073 m
-- Red trail: 12.944464, -85.777693, ~1054 m

Stream crossing near Yucul (YU) -- roadside, Matagalpa dept.: 12.91782, -85.78248, ~950 m

"GENERAL NESTOR'S" (GN) -- private property near El Naranjo, Matagalpa dept.: 12.89714, -85.78798, 688 m. Actually, General Nestor doesn't own it any longer, but the new owner allowed access.

EL JAGUAR RESERVE (EJ) -- cloud forest including a sustainable coffee farm, near El Mojon, Jinotega dept.
-- Ariel El Dorado, near Forest MoSI station: 13.234785, -86.054017, 1270+ m
-- Ariel El Dorado, "pond area": 13.23432, -86.05405, ~1270 m
-- Uriel La Pedegrosa: 13.234418, -86.052895, ~1273 m
-- Finisterra, below the Coffee MoSI station: 13.233472, -86.051930, ~1273 m


FINCA ESPERANZA VERDE

Male Hetaerina capitalis, several found along the red trail.

Female Great Spreadwing, Archilestes grandis, found near the blue trail.

Male Argia anceps, found along the red trail.

Male Spine-tipped Dancer, Argia extranea, numerous near the main buildings.

Male Brechmorhoga rapax, one found along the red trail.

Female Red Rock Skimmer, Paltothemis lineatipes, one found near the main buildings.

Species seen at FEV:
  1. Hetaerina capitalis
  2. Hetaerina cruentata
  3. Great Spreadwing (Archilestes grandis)
  4. Cerulean (or Dusky) Dancer (Argia anceps)
  5. Spine-tipped Dancer (Argia extranea)
  6. Brechmorhoga rapax
  7. Red Rock Skimmer (Paltothemis lineatipes)

Stream crossing near YUCUL

Male amberwing (Perithemis sp., likely mooma).

Male Neon Skimmer (Libellula croceipennis).

GENERAL NESTOR'S

A gathering of Argia (Nannothemis did a slip-and-slide, killing her camera in the process).

Coupled Fiery-eyed Dancers (Argia oenea).

Male Brown Setwing (Dythemis sterilis).

Male skimmer (Orthemis sp.), debate whether this is ferruginea or schmidti
Coincidentally, there is the same area we had a female Orthemis 2 years ago that was confusing.

Species seen at GN:
  1. Hetaerina capitalis
  2. Hetaerina cruentata
  3. Great Spreadwing (Archilestes grandis)
  4. Spine-tipped Dancer (Argia extranea)
  5. Fiery-eyed Dancer (Argia oenea)
  6. darner sp. (likely Anax amazili?)
  7. Brown Setwing (Dythemis sterilis)
  8. Erythrodiplax sp.
  9. Red Rock Skimmer (Paltothemis lineatipes)
  10. skimmer sp. (Orthemis ferruginea or schmidti)
  11. Filigree Skimmer (Pseudoleon superbus)
  12. Perithemis mooma

EL JAGUAR RESERVE


Male Hetaerina cruentata, the only rubyspot species found at EJ in numerous locations.

Male Acanthagrion trilobatum, a couple males found near the pond of Ariel El Dorado.

Male Anisagrion allopterum, found in a multiple locations.

Male Argia anceps, found in multiple locations.

Male Spine-tipped Dancer, Argia extranea, found in multiple locations.

Male Argia oculata, type "B", a couple found on Ariel El Dorado below the forest MoSI (bird banding) station.

Male Rhionaeshna jalapensis, found on the pond of Ariel El Dorado.

Female Malachite Darner, Remartinia luteipennis, ovipositing on the pond of Ariel El Dorado. A male was captured in the bird banding nets in the coffee area as well.

Male Brechmorhoga rapax, a couple found on Ariel El Dorado below the forest MoSI station.

Male Red-faced Dragonlet, Erythrodiplax fusca, multiples on the Ariel El Dorado pond.

Male Libellula foliata, a couple found on the Ariel El Dorado pond.

Male Cardinal Meadowhawk, Sympetrum illotum, multiples around the Ariel El Dorado pond.

Species seen at EJ:
  1. Hetaerina cruentata
  2. Acanthagrion trilobatum
  3. Anisagrion allopterum
  4. Argia anceps
  5. Spine-tipped Dancer (Argia extranea)
  6. Argia oculata, type B
  7. Rhionaeshna jalapensis
  8. Malachite Darner (Remartinia luteipennis)
  9. Brechmorhoga rapax
  10. Erythrodiplax fusca
  11. Libellula foliata
  12. skimmer sp. (Orthemis, ferruginea or discolor)
  13. Filigree Skimmer (Pseudoleon superbus)
  14. amberwing sp. (Perithemis, likely mooma)
  15. Cardinal Meadowhawk (Sympetrum illotum)
Species richness could be much greater at all of these locations during portions of the year with warmer and wetter weather. Hopefully, we'll be able to visit again in future years.

2 comments:

Emma Springfield said...

Absolutely beautiful. It seems that your trip was fruitful. The odes are so colorful.

Darrin O'Brien said...

We had a great time and it seems that the La Nina year helped with increased ode numbers this winter.