29 May 2011

Slow start to the southeast Michigan ode season

I was looking forward to making a post on an earlier date, but we've had an extremely cold and wet spring. I believe it's the 2nd wettest spring on record for this area.

Up through today (May 29th), I've only tallied 6 species of odonata of only several individuals. Below is my meager list of first dates:

- Fragile Forktail (Ischnura posita) = emerging individuals mid-May in Farmington Hills

- Eastern Forktail (Ischnura verticalis) = emerging individuals mid-May in Farmington Hills. Here's a fairly teneral female from 5/19:

- Common Green Darner (Anax junius) = one male on 5/5 in Farmington Hills

- baskettail sp. (Epitheca sp.) = 6+ on 5/29 at UM-Dearborn. These were likely Common (E. cynosura), but could have the possibility of being Stripe-winged (E. costalis).

- Dot-tailed Whiteface (Leucorrhinia intacta) = one young male on 5/29 at UM-Dearborn:

- Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) = one teneral female at Maybury State Park on 5/22. Here's a teneral male found 5/23 in Farmington Hills:

Don't worry, there is more to come. Although we could see a lower number of river and stream species this year due to the excessive flooding experienced this spring.


Emma Springfield said...

Ratty tells me that it is getting warmer there. Perhaps the late start will give you a longer time to spot the odes from now until winter.

Darrin O'Brien said...

A longer ode season is too much to hope for around here. ;^)

upinthecosmos said...

Glad I came across your blog, I love dragonflies! That last picture is awesome.

Darrin O'Brien said...

thanks...we're glad you found the blog too. The season has really picked up around here and we have 3 new posts in the works.