Crosswinds Marsh was my first stop. The northwestern portion of phase I has good habitat for a variety of odes. Immediately present was a Painted Skimmer (Libellula semifasciata) and dozens were observed during the 3-mile hike.
|female Painted Skimmer (L. semifasciata)
Approaching a creek crossing, I saw a darner flying towards the large culvert. As it made a pass, a large "nose" and a tapered end to the abdomen were evident: Cyrano Darner (Nasiaeschna pentacantha).
Following the creek upstream from the Arkona Road area, there is a boardwalk along a ponded area created by beavers. At this location two male Cyrano Darners were battling.
|male Cyrano Darner (N. pentacantha)
Next stop was Sherwood Park, aka Banotai Park, in Sumpter Township. Over 2 miles of walking and I didn't find my target species. There were a couple Painted Skimmers.
|male Painted Skimmer
Also, I did find two other species that are rare in Wayne County: Banded Pennant (Celithemis fasciata) and Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis).
|teneral female Banded Pennant (C. fasciata)
|Lancet Clubtail (G. exilis)