05 June 2011

Spiketail record for Lenawee County

As noted previously, I wanted to find Arrowhead Spiketail (Cordulegaster obliqua) in a county other than Wayne.

Last year I found a Mocha Emeralds (Somatochlora linearis) at Bicentennial Woods County Park in Lenawee County. Black Creek looked like appropriate habitat for the spiketail. (clean, smallish creek, with muddy/silty bottom, running through high quality woods)

On June 4th, I made a visit and walked the southern edge of the woods near the creek. Within 30 minutes I spied an individual perched at waist height, but it flushed before I approached. Another 10 minutes later, a female flew down the path and perched in front of me at chest height. A new county record confirmed!

Also present were Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata), Marsh Bluet (Enallagma ebrium), Springtime Darner (Basiaeschna janata), baskettail sp. (Epitheca sp.), Dot-tailed Whiteface (Leucorrhinia intacta), and Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis).

Next up....which species will we find in another county?

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