31 October 2010

October odes at Crosswinds Marsh

Several later date odes were found in Wayne County, Michigan this October (2010). I visited phase I of Crosswinds Marsh a few times to search for a new species in the county.

- A couple of Spotted Spreadwings (Lestes congener) were found on 10/16. Here is a male and the spots on the underside of the thorax are visible:

- A few Familiar Bluets (Enallagma civile) were flying on 10/16. Here is a male:

- A big surprise was an Orange Bluet (Enallagma signatum) on 10/16. This poor quality photo was shot through my binoculars:

- A single male Shadow Darner (Aeshna umbrosa) was found on 10/10. Here is a lateral view, but one can see the blue spots on the underside of the abdomen:

- A few Band-winged Meadowhawks (Sympetrum semicinctum) were found on 10/9. Here is a male:

Here is a coupled pair from 10/16:

- female Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata) on 10/9:

The end of the flight season in Michigan is nearing and suspect I'll only be able to find a few species into November. The possibilities are: Great Spreadwing (Archilestes grandis), Fragile Forktail (Ischnura posita), Spotted Spreadwing (L. congener), and Autumn Meadowhawk (S. vicinum). Although I did hear of a darner being seen near the Pointe Mouillee SGA headquarters on 10/29.

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