19 October 2008

End of the 2008 flight season in Michigan

It's disappointing to reach the end of the 2008 flight season for dragonflies in Michigan. I was hoping to get out and look for some late odes this weekend, but head colds and other activities took priority.

There still are a couple of common species that can be found over the next couple of weeks, but I don't expect to find anything new or startling.

Last Sunday (October 12), Nannothemis and I did find new late dates for the state. We visited the Humbug Marsh unit of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge again.
1. several Tule Bluets (Enallagma carunculatum)
2. one male Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile), we have sighted one as late as October 15th in a previous year
3. one female Ruby Meadowhawk (Sympetrum rubicundulum)

Other late fliers were a couple of darners (Aeshna sp.), but I couldn't make an ID to species and one male Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata).

Following is what may be my last Michigan dragonfly photo of the year from the field...
a female Common Green Darner (Anax junius)

... of course, this may be the first Michigan species to photograph in 2009.


Unknown said...

I'm still seeing some dragonflies (and picking them out of mist nets) here in Cape May. Most are Common Green Darners, but I think I have seen a few others recently as well.

spookydragonfly said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I appreciate the I.D.'s! This past Sunday I still had the Darners and Meadowhawks. Monday we had snow flurries and today as well here in central Ohio. I doubt I'll see them anymore this year. You have a great blog here...very informative.

Darrin OBrien said...

thanks for the comments, John and spookydragonfly

We'll see if we can get south this winter to find some winter dragonflies. ;^)

mfophotos said...

I was in Mackinac Co on the 17th and found lots of Sympetrum vicinum and S.obtrusum, as well as several S. corruptum, a few Anax junius,and a possible Aeshna clepsydra. You just never know what you'll find along Lake Michigan in the fall.