29 November 2013

The Odes of Prairie Oaks, Year 1 (through Nov-2013)

It was a little more than a year ago that we moved into our new place outside of Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County.  We weren't sure how the odonata diversity would be on the property due to the limited water features and the drought of 2012.

male Emerald Spreadwing (Lestes dryas):

We have been able to identify 26 species which includes 10 species of damselflies (Zygoptera) and 16 species of dragonflies (Anisoptera). 

Double-striped Bluet (Enallagma basidens):

 female Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis):

 Additionally, there are individuals which weren't ID'd.  One female clubtail (Gomphus sp.) perched in a tree out of net range, several darners (Aeshna sp.) patrolled the edge of our woods, and one red-colored saddlebags (Tramea sp.) visited the yard one day.

female Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera):

 White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum):

What will we find in 2014?

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