|male Painted Skimmer at this location in May|
Immediately on this 4th of July visit, we found additional Painted Skimmers and Carolina Saddlebags. Shortly after looking for odes around the larger, deeper pond we had a male Comet Darner fly past. These fast, strong flyers always seem to be just out of net's reach. The water in the larger pond was a bit deeper than our rubber boots were high which prevented access to the entire area, unless we wanted to have wet feet. This was a dry-foot day for me.
|Mark O'Brien in the vegetation|
At one point, Mark yelled out and was swinging at a female that seemed to "attack" him in the midst of the vegetation. Shortly, thereafter he emerged with the first county record of Anax longipes.
|female Comet Darner|
|Mark and his voucher. I don't think she was attacking him, but mistook his shirt as additional vegetation.|
This was another successful outing within a few miles of our home and great to be in the field with another O'Brien of Washtenaw County.