27 June 2015

Park Lyndon North Bog in June

Over the winter I had hiked a number of parks and preserves in western Washtenaw County looking for possible dragonfly habitat.  Park Lyndon is one of the many great destinations in the county. There is great access to a number of water features via trails and boardwalks.  One area appeared bog-like during the winter visit and I heard there was bog habitat present.

I visited on June 4th and brought Julie back on June 6th due to the variety of odes and interesting plants in the portion of the park north of Territorial Road.

Some of the less encountered dragonflies included: Boreal Bluet (Enallagma boreale), Four-spotted Skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata), Racket-tailed Emeralds (Dorocordulia libera), Spangled Skimmers (L. cyanea), a large number of Chalk-fronted Corporals (Ladona julia), Spatterdock Darners (Rhionaeschna mututa), and a surprise with a Twin-spotted Spiketail (Cordulegaster maculata).  The numbers of baskettails (Epitheca sp.) flying around the picnic area and parking lot were amazing.

Spangled Skimmer (L. cyanea)

Chalk-fronted Corporal (L. julia)
female Racket-tailed Emerald (D. libera)
male Spatterdock Darners (R. mutata)
female Twin-spotted Spiketail (C. maculata)
dorsal view of Twin-spotted Spiketail abdomen

This area is sure to hold more interesting species during the flight season and in future years.

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