California's Year 2005 Dragonfly Sightings


in order from MOST recently to LEAST recently seen!

Please send your sightings, with date, county and location as displayed below to

Kathy Biggs.

date
County
your name
place, etc.
species common name &/or scientific name - #s & other data, comments
species common name &/or scientific name - #s & other data, comments
etc.
THANKS!



Species will be posted using either the Common Name or the Scientific Name, whichever the sender uses (inc. using both), but all first sightings of the year, county records, and new flight data will be posted using both names. To contact the person making the sighting, see the key at bottom of this site.

COUNTY RECORDS are underlined and in red text
*= first/last sighting of species of year in CA
**= possibly new flight data for species in CA
#= possibly a migratory event

 

As of the most recent date below
105
species (out of 109 known species) were reported to this site as flying in CA in 2005. 

This is the MOST species ever reported from any one year in CA since I started tracking the data in 1998 – kb.

 

~68 new county records &/or upgrades to county records were made this year (this # includes upgrades of previous 'sighting only' records, newly accessed museum collections and new reports of prior year’s data).


`Sighting only' records need further documentation, but please report them so we can try to get substantiation. There may be some upgrades of previous `sighting only' records and new specimen records from recently examined museum/private collections listed. If you find such a record, please email it to Kathy Biggs <bigsnest@sonic.net>
County records should be substantiated with specimen (preferable) or photo and notes.


Contributor’s emails listed at end of document


December 2005

 

December 29, 2005

Imperial County

Bob Miller    

Salton Sea

I photographed a male Variegated Meadowhawk* near the Salton Sea.

 

December 28, 2005

Sacramento County

Art Shapiro    

West Sac.

…. saw a Sympetrum

 

December 9, 2005

Santa Clara County

John Hall, David Edwards        

Monte Bello OSPpond

Spotted Spreadwing** 3 [new late flight data – kb]  -  2m,1f in ovipositing position

Female was alone but arching abdomen in an ovipositing position

although  we never actually saw any eggs being placed.  She was doing

this on dead  brown leaves of reeds about 1 meter above ground.  She

flew from leaf to leaf and repeated this posture.  She and one male

appeared fairly fresh.  The other male was worn with somewhat tattered

wings.

 

December 5, 2005

Alameda County

John Hall, David Edwards               

Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area

Familiar Bluet*  2                     

Pacific Forktail*  5

 

December 2, 2005

Alameda County

John Hall, David Edwards

Sunol Regional Wilderness

American Rubyspot**  5   [new late flight data – kb]                              

Variegated Meadowhawk  3  

-----

Imperial County

Bob Miller

Common Green Darners*

 

November 2005

 

November 29, 2005

Doug Aguillard

San Diego County

I saw at least 3 Blue-eyed Darners Rhionaeschna multicolor** (newest latest date;-) in the Tijuana River valley, 2 at previously described area, and one at Dairy Mart Pond, also in the valley.

Common Greens were abundant.

 

November 26, 2005
Santa Clara County
John Hall, David Edwards

Monte Bello OSP - Pond
Spotted Spreadwing** 2 [new late flight data – kb]
Familiar Bluet 1
Striped Meadowhawk** 1 [new late flight data – kb]
We also walked around Horseshoe Lake in Skyline Ridge but no dragonfly activity was noted.

 

November 25, 2005

Tim Manolis

Orange County

We found the following around the marshy ponds in the drainage basin below a new housing development, Ladera Ranch:

Common Green Darner -- 4,  2-3 of these males patrolling territorially along marshy drainage channels.

Blue-eyed Darner Rhionaeschna multicolor** -- 1 male at these same ponds (newest latest date;-). We also saw a female mosaic darner in foraging flight over the trail on our walk, probably also a Blue-eyed (?)

Wandering Glider* -- 3 males (orange abdomens, no visible wing spots) seen, also another Pantala sp?, duller, might have been spot-winged, but not seen well enough to be sure).

Variegated Meadowhawk -- 5, all appeared to be males, some behaving territorially, e.g., chasing each other, around the marshy ponds.

 

November 20, 2005

Doug Aguillard

San Diego County

I went back to the small pond in the Tijuana River Valley to see the 3 Blue-eyed Darners** that I had yesterday, and I saw as many as 5 today, [new late date for CA –kb] along with 3 common Green Darners. I then went up to Escondido to Oak Hill Cemetery and saw 2 Red-tailed Pennants** ( new Late Date), 2 Flame Skimmers* (fresh), and 2 Familiar Bluets.

 

November 19, 2005

Doug Aguillard

San Diego County

Today, at a small pond in the Tijuana River Valley near Sunset Rd. & Hollister, I had up to 4 Blue-eyed Darners [tied for latest date ever reported in CA] and 5 Common Green Darners.

-----

Imperial County

Bob Miller

Various places….

Blue-ringed Dancer Argia sedula**  [new late flight data by 2 days]

Desert Forktail, Ischnura barberi** only one male! [new late flight data by 2 days]

Familiar Bluet – several

Roseatte Skimmer Orthemis ferruginea * – last date reported in 2005

Wandering Glider Pantala flavescens

 

November 7, 2005

Paul Johnson

San Benito County

Temperatures around 70 are keeping the Odes going here at Pinnacles National Monument. I just saw my first immature gynomorphic female Pacific forktail. What a color combination!

I should have captured more of these to confirm IDs, but here's my list of recent observations. Photos of all the reservoir species can be viewed at:

http://www.photoworks.com/share/shareLanding.jsp?shareCode=AA251C1BF0E&cb=PW

 

November 6. 2005

San Benito County

Paul Johnson

North Wilderness Trail

variegated meadowhawk - 1

CA spreadwing* - 1

vivid dancer* – 1

 

November 5, 2005

San Benito County

Paul Johnson

South Wilderness Trail

mosaic darner - 1

CA spreadwing - 1

vivid dancer - 1

American rubyspot – 1

 

November 3, 2005

Yolo County

Greg Kareofelas

Nothing of interest Odon wise lately other than I saw a Wandering Glider Pantala flavescens last week (3rd of Nov which is later than I normally see them) [last date reported in 2005] here in Yolo County, The only other Ode is Sym corruptum now and then.

 

November 1, 2005

Alameda County

J Hall, D Edwards

Sunol Regional Wilderness

American Rubyspot 12

California Spreadwing 35

California Dancer* 2

Vivid Dancer 25

Familiar Bluet 6

**Northern Bluet 3 [new late flight data by two weeks! - kb]

Arroyo Bluet* 2

Pacific Forktail 1

Western Forktail* 3

Walker's Darner* 2 [last date reported 2005]

Mosaic Darner,sp 2

Variegated Meadowhawk 10

Striped Meadowhawk

 

October 2005

 

October 31, 2005

Paul Johnson

San Benito County

Bear Gulch Reservoir

blue-eyed darner - 3

cardinal meadowhawk* - 1 [last date reported in 2005]

variegated meadowhawk - 1

CA spreadwing - 2

spotted spreadwing - 1

familiar bluet

tule bluet*

(bluets abundant)

vivid dancer - 1

Pacific forktail - 3

Western forktail - 1

black-fronted forktail* – 1

 

October 29, 2005

Santa Clara County

J Hall, D Edwards

Monte Bello OSP pond

Northern Spreadwing* 1

Familiar Bluet 4

Mosaic Darner,sp 1

Blue-eyed Darner 1

Striped Meadowhawk 3

 

October 13, 2005

Alameda County

John Hall, David Edwards

Sunol Regional Wilderness

American Rubyspot 30

California Spreadwing 20

California Dancer 7

Vivid Dancer 25

Familiar Bluet 8

Bluet,sp 20

Northern Bluet 5

Arroyo Bluet 10

Pacific Forktail 2

Western Forktail 2

Desert Firetail* 2

Walker's Darner 5

Mosaic Darner,sp 7

Common Green Darner 2

Variegated Meadowhawk 8

 

October 10, 2005

Shasta County

Ray Bruun

I went looking for Autumn Meadowhawk in Shasta County. I checked several places and finally found them at Crystal Lake near the town of Cassel. I got pix and netted a female for county voucher. Crystal Lake has lots of really nice ode habitat.

Seen at Crystal Lake were:

black-fronted forktail - several (pix)

western forktail - several

spotted spreadwing - abundant

california spreadwing - at least one

western meadowhawk* - several males [last date reported in 2005]

white faced meadowhawk* - one male [with unusual red wing venation!- kb]

autumn meadowhawk Sympetrum vicinum* – common NEW COUNTY RECORD with voucher specimen [last date reported in 2005]

aeshna sp. (at least one--that landed--looked like variable darner) - several

blue-eyed darner (probable) - several

A small pond along Hwy 89 had:

female spreadwing - spotted?

variegated meadowhawk - one male

aeshna sp. - one flying

 

October 6, 2005

San Benito County

John Hall, David Edwards

Coalinga Road and Laguna Creek

American Rubyspot 2

California Spreadwing 3

California/Aztec Dancer 1

Vivid Dancer 5

Tule Bluet 3

Northern Bluet 2

Arroyo Bluet 1

Western Forktail 5

Walker's Darner 1

Mosaic Darner,sp 2 (one newly emerged on rock)

Common Green Darner 1

Variegated Meadowhawk 1

San Benito River at Clear Creek Road Crossing and a spot about 12 miles upstream

American Rubyspot 15

California Spreadwing 52

California Dancer 1

California/Aztec Dancer 14

Sooty Dancer* 4

Vivid Dancer 10

Bluet,sp 10

Northern Bluet 5

Arroyo Bluet 8

Walker's Darner 2

Mosaic Darner,sp 5

Common Green Darner 1

Variegated Meadowhawk 7

 

October 5, 2005

Lassen County

Bruce Deuel

Lassen Volcanic National Park, ….I saw four mosaic darners at Summit Lake, including a pair in wheel. They didn't stick around for me to identify them, though.

Tehama County

Then we visited Wilson Lake, seeing a few more mosaic darners and 4 male Saffron-winged Meadowhawk*. I'm sure there were a lot more, as I only checked about 100 feet of shoreline. [last date reported in 2005]

 

October 2, 2005

San Diego County

Douglas Aguillard

…. while watching the Navy Fleetweek Sea & Air Parade on San Diego Bay (ocean saltwater), I watched a male Red Rock Skimmer * [last date reported in 2005] flying out over the bay and then landing on the jetty-type rocks. There is no fresh water creek with rocks near this location.

 

September 2005

 

September 30, 2005

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Dave and I took one last Ode outing. We especially wanted to look for the Lance-tipped Darner, as it was found in Oregon, less than 20 miles from the border. We were netting all that we found for Albert Burchsted in New York who is doing DNA studies. Since it was the end of the flight season, we weren’t taking any out of the breeding population for long; in fact, it went below freezing the next two nights. Mt. Shasta was glorious and white with snow! Here’s what we did find:

Meiss National Wildlife Area:

Lestes congener Spotted Spreadwing – several netted 3 kept, others released

Enallagma carunculatum Tule Bluet – 2 males collected

Ischnura perparva Western Forktail - a few females & males

Aeshna palmata Paddle-tailed Darner* – several netted, 2 males kept [last date reported 2005]

A. umbrosa Shadow Darner – several netted, 3 males kept

Sympetrum pallipes Striped Meadowhawk – several netted, 3 females & 1 male kept

Juanita Lake:

Lestes congener Spotted Spreadwing – several netted and released

A. umbrosa Shadow Darner* – several flying, one netted and released [last date reported 2005]

Sympetrum pallipes Striped Meadowhawk – several flying, one male netted

Orr Lake:

Lestes congener Spotted Spreadwing – several netted and released

A. umbrosa Shadow Darner – 1 male found floating dead on the water, another caught and released

Aeshna sp – several seen flying; presumed to be Shadow Darners by appearances

Sympetrum pallipes Striped Meadowhawk - one female collected

Sympetrum danae Black Meadowhawk* – one male seen [last date reported in 2005]

 

September 29, 2005

Marin County

J Hall, D Edwards

Rodeo Lagoon

Tule Bluet 1

Familiar Bluet 15

Bluet,sp 2

Northern Bluet 17

Arroyo Bluet 1

Pacific Forktail 6

Mosaic Darner,sp 1

Common Green Darner 1

Variegated Meadowhawk 10

Cardinal Meadowhawk 3

---

Sonoma County

Lichau Road and Copeland Creek

Great Spreadwing* 2 (m&f) [this makes 104 species seen by John & David – a new CA ‘record’! – kb] [last date reported 2005]

Vivid Dancer 7

Mosaic Darner,sp 2

Common Green Darner 1

Flame Skimmer

Striped Meadowhawk 2

 

September 28, 2005

Butte County

Tim Manolis

Lake De Sabla

I arrived at the lake earlier than we did last week, at about 10:30. I walked around the east side of the lake near the road, where we were last time, as well as across the dam at the south end. As I had suspected last time, the opposite (west) shore is private and marked no trespassing, so I didn't check it out. Anyway, between about 10:30 and 11:30 I walked around as much of the lake as I could, as well as into some weedy clearings in the surrounding woods, and saw no vicinum (did see S. corruptum, A. junius, damsels, etc.). At 11:30 I saw my first Sympetrum vicinum, a female over shallow water on a weedy/sedge covered bench along the lakeside of the earthen dam. It tapped around the water with its abdomen a few times and then took off. A few minutes later I spotted a probable male perched in the top of a small willow near the SW corner of the dam, and then about 15 minutes after that, another apparent male perched in the top of a small oak near the SE corner. I didn't see any in the weedy open areas along the road where we saw them last week. At about noon I walked back over to the shallow bench at the top of the dam where I had seen the female, and found a number of males apparently on territory in the veg there, sedge beds with considerable patches of bidens (sticktight) intermixed and some small willows. The males typically were perched about a 1-2 up atop bidens stems. All I saw there were mature males (about half a dozen or so, I collected 4 of them), in about an hour of watching. I left the site at 1 p.m. with males still there, but never saw any other females. Anyway, I think I am finally getting a better feel for these guys.

 

September 27, 2005

Santa Clara County

J Hall, D Edwards

Monte Bello OSP

seep area

Vivid Dancer 15

Mosaic Darner,sp 1

pond

California Spreadwing 1

Spotted Spreadwing 2

Northern Spreadwing 2

Tule Bluet 2

Familiar Bluet 2

Bluet,sp 20

Arroyo Bluet 13

Pacific Forktail 3

Paddle-tailed Darner 3

Mosaic Darner,sp 4

Blue-eyed Darner 1

Variegated Meadowhawk 3

Cardinal Meadowhawk 1

Striped Meadowhawk 14

---

San Mateo County

J Hall, D Edwards

Skyline Ridge OSP

Alpine Pond

California Spreadwing 4

Northern Spreadwing 1

California Dancer 10;presumed

Arroyo Bluet 1

Pacific Forktail 11

Mosaic Darner,sp 1

Striped Meadowhawk 9

Horseshoe Lake

California Dancer

Arroyo Bluet 2

Pacific Forktail 1

Western Forktail 3

Mosaic Darner,sp 3

Blue-eyed Darner 1

Cardinal Meadowhawk 3

Striped Meadowhawk 55

 

September 25, 2005

San Diego County

Douglas Aguillard

Today, after some morning birding, I went looking for bugs. I had the following usual suspects:

Mission Gorge/Mission Trails Regional Park

Blue-eyed Darners

Blue Dasher* [last date reported in 2005]

Flame Skimmers

Variegated Meadowhawks

Cardinal Meadowhawks

Black Saddlebags* [last date reported for 2005]

Wandering Glider

Vivid Dancer

Pacific Forktails

Tule Bluets

Lindo Lake, Lakeside

Common Green Darners

Blue-eyed Darners

Blue Dashers

Variegated Meadowhawks

Cardinal Meadowhawks

Mexican Amberwings* [last date reported in 2005]

Blue Dashers

Tule Bluets

Black-fronted Forktails

Western Forktails

_______

San Benito County

Paul Johnson

Pinnacles National Monument, South Wilderness

-American Rubyspot

-desert firetail

-vivid dancer

-CA spreadwing

-co. green darner

-mosaic darner (Walker's?)

-variegated meadowhawk

-flame skimmer

 

September 23, 2005

Sonoma County

Kathy and Dave Biggs

Species seen, Lichau Rd, 4 pm - out of Rohnert Park

Great Spreadwing - 1 f

Vivid Dancer - a few of each sex

Bluet sp. - 1 f, probably no/bo type

Co. Green Darner - 1-2 'fresh' females/young males

Variegated Meadowhawk - ~12

We also hiked into Crane Creek Regional Park, just a little further up Roberts Rd from the Lichau Rd turnoff. We saw a few more Variegateds, a Com. Green Darner, and what was perhaps a Blue Dasher male.

-------

Alameda County

John Hall, David Edwards

Sunol Regional Wilderness

American Rubyspot 20

California Spreadwing 5

California Dancer 2

Emma's Dancer* 2 * [last reported 2005]

Sooty Dancer 4

Vivid Dancer 60

Bluet,sp 5

Boreal/Northern Bluet 7

Arroyo Bluet 15

Pacific Forktail 4

Western Forktail 6

Walker's Darner 3

Mosaic Darner,sp 5

Common Green Darner 15

Flame Skimmer 2

Variegated Meadowhawk 5

 

September 21, 2005

Butte County

Bruce Webb and Tim Manolis

We headed for the mountains of Butte County for a half day or so in the field. I had some hopes of finding a species or two that should be there, but have yet to be detected, such as Paddle-tailed Darner (Aeshna palmata) or Black Meadowhawk (Sympetrum danae). Instead I found something that was only barely on my radar screen.

Much of the high country was disappointing, with very low or no water in a couple of the larger reservoirs, but one spot, the rather small reservoir at De Sabla, along the Skyway above Paradise, was productive. One of the first odes we saw when we got out of the truck was a small, non-descript meadowhawk in a weedy patch between the road and the water. my first impress was a possible Striped Meadowhawk (Sympetrum pallipes) but then it dawned on me that I could see the ovipositor quite nicely. But I shouldn't be able to see the ovipositor of a Striped Meadowhawk that well! Unfortunately, my attempt to net the critter failed. Fortunately, we saw few more in brush and weeds bordering the reservoir and I eventually caught one, a male Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum). This is a first record for Butte County.

________

Kern County

Steven Summers

Kern N.W.R.

Desert Forktail* – males and females seen [last date reported 2005]

-------

Colusa County

Greg Kareofelas

Goat - found both Archilestes calif & grandis flying - both males and females. There were a number of "tandem pairs". The surprising one was a female A grandis that I caught quite a ways from their normal habitat (it was in a Juniper/scrub habitat quite a ways from any water).

Others out:

Hetaerina americana

Archilestes californium

Archilestes grandis

Argia vivida

A lugens

A junius (lots & lots - at any time there were at least 5-10 in view!)

S corruptum

S pallipes

 

September 19, 2005
San Benito County

Paul Johnson

San Benito River 0.5 mile upstream of confluence with Sawmill Creek (area closed to public) lat/long: N 36.34°  W120.65° Elevation: 1220 m

Argia hinei (Lavender Dancer) – specimen record to upgrade his prior photo record (August 22nd)

Paul collected a single male and a pair in tandem. Stream is sunny with small bank vegetation and a rocky/gravelly substrate (serpentine). Lat/long and elevation estimated from map. Papered specimens will eventually be housed at Essig Museum of Entomology, UC Berkeley. Note that these specimens resemble some I saw a few weeks earlier in Laguna Creek a few miles away. Also seen:

-pacific forktail

-CA spreadwing

-mosaic darner (Walker's?)

-co. green darner

 

September 16, 2005

Contra Costa County

Chris Heaivilin

Contra costa country seems to be winding down pretty fast. Easily, the dominant ode these days is E. carunculatum. They're still emerging and

doing there thing. I saw...

E. carunculatum

S. corruptum 1

A. junius >10

A. multicolor 1

T. lacerata 4

L. saturata

…….

Kings County

Paul Saraceni

Eric Preston, Luke Cole and I ventured from SF to Kings County for some birding and ode-ing. Luke, who has birded that area many times, arranged access for us to some private property that proved to be excellent for odes. In the course of 9 or so hours, we found 5 new species for the county (4 documented) and, thanks to Eric's efforts with his camera, upgraded another 10 species from sight records. [ one of these turned out to already have been photo vouchered – kb]

Location Key:

"TC" = Tar Canyon (various seeps & stock ponds) [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

"AC" = Avenal Creek @ Avenal Canyon [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

"NAC" = Nevada Ave. Canal near Corcoran

"CO" = various ponds near Corcoran

Species List:

American Rubyspot Hetaerina americana 10+ AC

California Spreadwing Archilestes californicus 3 AC [new species -- photographed]

California Dancer Argia agrioides 1 m. AC [new species -- specimen collected]

California/Aztec-type Dancer 20+ TC, AC [1 m. specimen we collected @ TC may be an Aztec; need to further study]

Vivid Dancer 10+ TC, AC

Tule/Arroyo-type Bluet 10+ TC

Familiar Bluet 50+ TC, AC, NAC

Black-fronted Forktail 10+ TC, NAC

Desert Firetail Telebasis salva 20+ TC, AC [new species -- specimen collected]

Common Green Darner Anax junius 20+ TC, AC, CO [photo upgrade (dead individual floating on pond)]

Giant Darner Anax walsinghami **1-2 AC [new species -- photographed in flight] [new late flight data too!]

Blue-eyed Darner Rhionaeschna multicolor 20+ TC, AC, CO [photo upgrade]

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum 50+ TC, AC, NAC, CO [photo upgrade]

Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata* 7 AC, NAC [photo upgrade] [last date reported in 2005]

Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis 2 NAC [photo upgrade]

Common Whitetail Libellula lydia* 8 TC, AC [photo upgrade] [last date reported for 2005]

Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata 20+ TC, AC [photo upgrade]

Pale-face Clubskimmer Brechmorhoga mendax* 1 AC [new species -- sight record] [last date reported in 2005]

Black Saddlebags Tramea lacerata 10+ TC, NAC, CO [photo upgrade]

Wandering Glider Pantala flavescens 20+ TC, NAC, CO [photo upgrade (dead individual floating on pond)]

Spot-winged Glider* 10+ TC, CO [last date reported in 2005]

-------

San Benito County

Paul Johnson

Pinnacles National Monument, Bear Gulch Reservoir

-tule/CA bluet

-desert firetail

-western forktail

-black-fronted forktail

-co. green darner

-mosaic darner (blue-eyed?)

-black saddlebags

-STRIPED MEADOWHAWK (2nd obs. in county)

-cardinal meadowhawk

-variegated meadowhawk

 

September 12, 2005

Yuba County

Douglas Aguillard and Pat

# After leaving the Modoc County Ode Blitz, my girl and I drove down to Susanville, where we ended up staying in the same Motel that CalOdes members Hall and Edwards stayed at recently. What a small world this is. Anyway yesterday, we drove westbound Hwy 49 through the Sierra's to Sacramento. All along the South Yuba River were THOUSANDS & THOUSANDS of Common Green Darners!!!!! They were following both the river downstream (westbound), and the Highway (also westbound). We stopped at one point and counted at least 100/minute for about 30 minutes flying by. There were no other species involved.

Plumas County Also in the Gold Lake/Lakes Basin area above Bassetts Station, Blue-eyed Darners were common.

 

September 11, 2005

Monterrey County

Steve Rovell

…along the lower Carmel River:

Flame Skimmer, 1

Common Green Darner, 3-4

Blue-eyed Darner, 5-6

Variegated Meadowhawk, 7-10

Cardinal Meadowhawk, 3

All of these species were seen between the Highway 1 bridge and the ocean. I specifically looked for damsels, but didn't see any.

_______

Modoc County

CA’s 1st Annual Dragonfly Blitz (see also http://bruunphotography.com/blitz/OdeBlitz2005.html)

Ray Bruun, Kathy & Dave Biggs, Doug Aguillard & Pat

1030 Lily Pad Lake Snow and 38°F

Aeshna sp. 1 flew up from lake into trees while it was snowing!!

---

1200 Goose Lake State Park east of New Pine Creek

black meadowhawk          many

striped meadowhawk       several

**western red damsel* several, m * [last reported 2005, new late flight data]

alkali bluet*              many, m/1,f [last date reported 2005]

western forktail                   several, m/f

--

Ray Bruun, Kathy & Dave Biggs

1300 North Fork Pit River, Hwy 395, ~8 miles north of Alturas lat/long: N 41.355° W 120.1°

Hetaerina americana (American Rubyspot) - 5; male specimen caught by Ray Bruun - an upgrade from a previous Modoc Co., CA sighting only record.

spotted spreadwing           2

bluet sp                      1, m

western forktail       1, f

Aeshna sp     1, m

Common Green Darner - many

Striped Meadowhawk – many

--

1400 North Fork Pit River, several miles north of Alturas but south of previous spot; only Kathy & Dave Biggs present at this point

American Rubyspot - 2

Familiar Bluet – one male in hand

Sooty Dancer – several

Common Green Darner - many

Striped Meadowhawk -- many

 

September 10, 2005

Modoc County

CA’s 1st Annual Dragonfly Blitz

Ray Bruun, Kathy & Dave Biggs, Doug Aguillard & Pat, Joseph H. Smith, Tim Manolis

0900 Lily Pad Lake

western meadowhawk 1 dead

striped meadowhawk 1 dead

Lestes disjunctus (Northern Spreadwing) 3 - male specimen caught by Ray Bruun; new record

pacific forktail 1, m

---

1100 Very small pond approx. 2 mi. west of Lily Pad Lake on south side of County Road 2

striped meadowhawk several

spotted spreadwing 1, f

no/bo bluet 1

western forktail 1, f

---

1140 unnamed pond, west side of County Road 2, ~2 miles before Lily Pond Lake, New Pine Creek N 42° 00.268' W 120° 13.886'

striped meadowhawk several

variable darner* many, m/f kept specimens of dying individuals [last date reported 2005]

paddle-tailed darner several, m/f came out later than variable, kept specimen of a dying female (photos taken)

**lyre-tipped spreadwing* 1, m (photos taken) – new late flight data, previous late date 8/16/99!

tule bluet 1 dead

bluet sp 1

---

1330 Goose Lake, eastern shoreline @ Stateline Rd., New Pine Creek lat/long: N 42° W 119°

spreadwing sp 2

Western Red Damsel several (photos taken)

Alkali Bluet - many, m/1,f (photos taken) [Pat, our ‘novice’ was catching them in her bare fingers!]

Western Forktail several, m/f [Pat, our ‘novice’ was catching them in her bare fingers!]

Sympetrum danae (Black Meadowhawk) – pair caught in cop by Kathy Biggs, many flying there; new record; (photos taken)

Variegated Meadowhawk 1

Striped Meadowhawk many

---

1600 Small cattle pond between Hwy 299 and Fort Bidwell

striped meadowhawk several

spreadwing sp 2 probably lyre-tipped

---

1630 Pond east of Fandango Pass

striped meadowhawk several

variable darner 1, m

western forktail 2

 

 

September 9, 2005

Modoc County

CA’s 1st Annual Dragonfly Blitz

Ray Bruun, Kathy & Dave Biggs, Doug Aguillard & Pat, Joseph H. Smith

1130 Adin @ Ash Creek & 299

western meadowhawk several

striped meadowhawk several

black saddlebags 1, m

common green darner 2

blue-eyed darner 1, m

spotted spreadwing several kept specimen

pacific forktail 1, m

also saw Purplish Copper and other butterflies

---

1200 Rush Creek @ Highway 299 bridge, Gaging Station, ~.5 miles north of Adin, lat/long: N 41.315° W 120.5°

blue-eyed darner 2

Aeshna sp 1

Anax junius (Common Green Darner) – 2 female specimens caught by Joe, upgrade from a previous Modoc Co., CA sighting only record.

american rubyspot 2 attempt to grab specimen unsuccessful

spotted spreadwing 4

vivid dancer many

dancer/not vivid 1

tule bluet 1

western forktail 1

Libellula nodisticta Hoary Skimmer* – one old and ragged female caught by Ray Bruun (photos taken). Specimen kept for scanning. [last date reported for 2005]

flame skimmer 1

variegated meadowhawk 1

Striped Meadowhawk – abundant (photos taken)

*Western Meadowhawk several, (photos taken) – new late flight data, previous late date 9/6

Tramea lacerata (Black Saddlebags) - male specimen caught by Joe, upgrade from a previous Modoc Co. CA photo only record

---

1340 Rush Creek

Lower campground

striped meadowhawk many

flame skimmer 1, f

paddle-tailed darner 1, m

spotted spreadwing many

---

1730 unnamed pond, west side of County Road 2, ~.5 miles before Lily Pond Lake & 3 m west of Cave Lake Campground, New Pine Creek N 42° 00.268' W 120° 13.886'

Variable Darner several (photos taken)

Shasta County

McArthur

Striped Meadowhawk – one in town, photos taken

_______

Plumas County

John Hall, David Edwards

Willow Lake

Spotted Spreadwing 5

Northern Spreadwing 7

Vivid Dancer 2

Tule Bluet 3

*Canada Darner* 25 [only date reported 2005]

Variable Darner 1

Paddle-tailed Darner 15

Shadow Darner 1

Mosaic Darner,sp 25

Common Green Darner 80

Black Meadowhawk 5

White-faced Meadowhawk* 120 [last date reported in 2005]

Striped Meadowhawk 3

*Autumn Meadowhawk 4

A Variegated Meadowhawk was also seen at the beginning of the road to Willow Lake.

Lassen County

John Hall, David Edwards

Willow Creek Wildlife Area

Spotted Spreadwing 15

Northern Spreadwing 2

River Bluet 1 (female, presumed to be this species) [last date reported 2005]

Tule Bluet 3

Bluet,sp 3

Pacific Forktail 7

Western Forktail 4

Paddle-tailed Darner 2

Mosaic Darner,sp 5

Blue-eyed Darner 1

Black Meadowhawk 1

Cherry-faced Meadowhawk* 1 [last date reported in 2005]

White-faced Meadowhawk 1

___

Plumas County

Rock Creek, HWY 36

Northern Spreadwing 1

Bluet,sp 1

Western Forktail 3

Paddle-tailed Darner 1

Shadow Darner 7

Mosaic Darner,sp 8

Common Green Darner 10

White-faced Meadowhawk 1

Striped Meadowhawk 6

Western Meadowhawk 2

___

Tehama County

John Hall, David Edwards

Wilson Lake

Northern Spreadwing 1

Canada Darner 3

Variable Darner 1

Paddle-tailed Darner 1

Shadow Darner 2

Mosaic Darner,sp 10

Common Green Darner 20

Variegated Meadowhawk 1

White-faced Meadowhawk 1

Striped Meadowhawk 12

 

 

September 3, 2005

Contra Costa County

Chris Heaivilin

Los Vaqueros Res.

T. Salvas have always been rather hard to find in this county, but I found the motherload at this reservoir. There were hundreds of them. Easily the

most I've ever seen at a single site.

T. lacerata

L. saturata

S. corruptum (very common)

A. junius

A. multicolor

I. civile

T. salva http://gigan.kaijuisland.com/images/lifeform/reality/animalia/arthropoda/insecta/odonata/zygoptera/telebasis/salva/jpg/6-23-2005_desertfiretail.jpg

 

September 2, 2005

San Mateo County

John Hall, David Edwards

Skyline Ridge OSP

Alpine Pond

California Spreadwing 2

Northern Spreadwing 1

California Dancer 15

Arroyo Bluet 2

Pacific Forktail 3

Common Green Darner 4

Blue-eyed Darner 1

Flame Skimmer 2

Blue Dasher 3

Striped Meadowhawk 19

Horseshoe Lake

California Dancer 7

Tule Bluet 2

Arroyo Bluet 3

Pacific Forktail 1

Desert Firetail 1

Mosaic Darner,sp 2

Common Green Darner 5

Blue-eyed Darner 1

Western Pondhawk 2

Flame Skimmer 20

Blue Dasher 5

Cardinal Meadowhawk 1

Striped Meadowhawk 27

Black Saddlebags 1

Santa Clara County

Monte Bello OSP

Monte Bello Seep

Northern Spreadwing 6

Vivid Dancer 20

Paddle-tailed Darner 3

Mosaic Darner,sp 80

Common Green Darner 10

Pacific Spiketail* 2 [last date reported in 2005]

Wandering Glider 2

Spot-winged Glider 1

Glider,sp 5

Monte Bello Pond

California Spreadwing 4

Tule Bluet 3

Familiar Bluet 1

Bluet,sp 30

Boreal/Northern Bluet 1

Arroyo Bluet 15

Pacific Forktail 10

Western Forktail 1

Desert Firetail 15

Paddle-tailed Darner 1

Mosaic Darner,sp 5

Common Green Darner 30

Blue-eyed Darner 3

Flame Skimmer 6

Blue Dasher 30

Cardinal Meadowhawk 8

Striped Meadowhawk 40

Black Saddlebags 1

 

September 1, 2005

Alameda County

John Hall, David Edwards

Sunol Regional Wilderness, Alameda Creek

American Rubyspot 14

California Spreadwing 10

California Dancer 1

California/Aztec Dancer 70

Emma's Dancer 7

Sooty Dancer 70

Vivid Dancer 40

Tule Bluet 1

Bluet,sp 20

Northern Bluet* 2 [last date reported 2005]

Boreal/Northern Bluet 15

Arroyo Bluet* 10 [last date reported 2005]

Pacific Forktail 3

Western Forktail 5

Desert Firetail 5

Walker's Darner 4

Mosaic Darner,sp 5

Common Green Darner 2

Blue-eyed Darner 1

Flame Skimmer 2

Blue Dasher 1

Red Rock Skimmer 1

Variegated Meadowhawk 3

Cardinal Meadowhawk 11

Black Saddlebags 3

 

August 2005

 

August 30, 2005

San Francisco County

Paul Saraceni

I observed a new species for odes-poor San Francisco County. At midday a male EIGHT-SPOTTED SKIMMER Libellula forensis* [last date reported for 2005] was perching in and flying about the shoreline vegetation at the NE corner of North Lake in Golden Gate Park (near 43rd Ave./Fulton St.). [1st sight record]

North Lake has undergone a restoration during the past several years and the emerging vegetation is producing a good location for odes (as well as birds and leps). Other species present today included: Familiar Bluets, Pacific Forktails, Blue-eyed Darners (including an ovipositing female), Cardinal Meadowhawks (incl. tandem pairs), and an ovipositing female Flame Skimmer (uncommon in SF).

Elsewhere in SF, the recent hot weather has brought in some of the wandering species, especially along the eastern bayshore (e.g., Heron's Head Park, India Basin Open Space Preserve), including Common Green Darners, many Variegated Meadowhawks, Wandering & Spot-winged Gliders, and Black Saddlebags.

 

August 28, 2005

Alameda/Santa Clara/Stanislaus Counties

Paul Saraceni, Eric Preston, Kevin McKereghan,

We headed east from SF out of the fog and into the heat in search of odes. When we arrived at the entrance of Sunol Regional park (Alameda Co.) we learned, unfortunately, that the park was closed due to fire danger. So we drove further east to Mines Rd. & Del Puerto Canyon Rd. in Alameda/Santa Clara/Stanislaus Cos., where we found some pretty good diversity wherever the streams were still flowing or there was other accessible surface water.

Species list keyed by location:

"M" = Mines Rd. (stops in Alameda & Santa Clara Cos.)

"SA" = San Antonio Valley Rd. (Santa Clara Co.)

"DP" = Del Puerto Canyon Rd. (stops in Santa Clara & Stanislaus Cos.)

American Rubyspot -- M (ALA) 3, DP (STA) 5+

California Spreadwing -- M (ALA/SC) 5+, DP (SC) 4 (incl. tandem pair)

Spotted Spreadwing -- DP (SC -- just a few miles w. of STA Co. line) 3 (incl. tandem pair)

California Dancer -- M (ALA) 1 m., DP (STA) 1 m. (in-hand ID)

California/Aztec-type Dancer -- M (ALA/SC) 40+, DP (STA) 20+ (incl. many tandem pairs)

Sooty Dancer -- DP (STA) 5+

Vivid Dancer -- M (SC) 10+, DP (STA) 5+ (incl. tandem pairs)

Familiar Bluet -- M (ALA/SC) 10+ (incl. tandem pairs)

Tule/Arroyo-type Bluet -- M (SC) 5+

Black-fronted Forktail -- SA 1 m.

Western Forktail -- M (ALA/SC) 20+, SA 1 f., DP (STA) 1 m.

Desert Firetail -- M (SC) 4 (incl. tandem pair)

Common Green Darner -- M (SC) 3, DP (STA) 10+

Walker's Darner -- M (ALA/SC) 3 m.

Aeshna darner sp. -- DP (STA) 3 m.

Variegated Meadowhawk -- DP (STA) 2

Cardinal Meadowhawk -- M (ALA) 1 m.

Striped Meadowhawk -- M (ALA) 2, DP (SC) 2

Western Pondhawk -- SA 1 f.

Blue Dasher -- DP (STA) 20+

Flame Skimmer -- M (SC) 5+, DP (STA) 40+ (incl. tandem pairs)

Red Rock Skimmer -- M (ALA) 1 m.

Black Saddlebags -- M (SC) 4, DP (STA) 3

Other observations of interest: 1 Golden Eagle, 2 Black-chinned Hummingbirds, 1 Lewis's Woodpecker, 2 Western Fence Lizards, 2 Western Whiptails, 2 Aquatic Garter Snakes, numerous Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs, 1 Pacific Treefrog, 3 Western Toads.

 

August 27, 2005

San Diego County

Douglas Aguillard

Today was a BDB day (Birds, Dragonflies, Butterflies) I started off at the Bird and Butterfly Garden in the Tijuana River Valley and I had large numbers of Blue eyed Darners. I stopped at the Dairy Mart Ponds and had

Common Green Darners, and

Black Saddlebags.

After looking at other locations, I stopped at Greenwood Cemetery was saw the following:

Common Green Darners,

Western Pondhawks (new for this location),

Blue Dashers,

Black & Red* Saddlebags [last date reported for 2005], and a

Wandering Glider (only the second one I've seen here). There were a few

Pacific Forktails and

Vivid Dancers (new for this location)

# It seems that Dragonflies are everywhere in the Southern area of San Diego County since the migration of 1 1/2 weeks ago. I'm seeing Saddlebags and Gliders where I haven't seen them before.

-------

Calaveras Counties

Kathy and Dave Biggs

Carson Creek where it enters New Melones Lake, Glory Hole Campground (south of Angel’s Camp)

Flame Skimmer – 3

Striped Meadowhawk – 3

Common Green Darner – a few

Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula – one female collected as county voucher [this leaves only Trinity County without a voucher – or even a sighting! –kb]

Tule Bluet– several, one male collected

Unnamed creek @ swimming beach for New Melones Lake, Glory Hole Campground, Angels Creek Day Use Area (south of Angel’s Camp)

# Variegated Meadowhawk - ~ 20, possibly a migrating group

Flame Skimmer – several

Pacific Spiketail – 2 males seen

Tule Bluet– several, 2 males collected

 

August 26, 2005

Tuolumne County

Kathy and Dave Biggs, Leanne Bryan

We were doing an informal survey for the Bureau of Reclamation, New Melones Lake:

New Melones Visitor’s Center, off Hwy. 49, just south of the Stanislaus River Bridge

Wandering Glider, Pantala flavescens – 1 over parking lot, it evaded the net, only flying low when the net was in the car! Photo taken too distant/blurry - first sight record.

Black Saddlebags – 1 over parking lot

Common Green Darner - 1 over parking lot

Calaveras County

Kathy and Dave Biggs, Leanne Bryan

Natural Bridges, East of Angels Camp, off Parrot’s Ferry Rd.

This is a gorgeous spot where Coyote Creek passes thru 2 limestone caves that you can swim thru!

Wandering Glider, Pantala flavescens – 1 over dirt parking lot, Ό mile above the creek, it also evaded the net! First sight record.

At the creek itself:

Pacific Spiketail – at least a dozen seen, occurring on both sides of the cave, one seen entering a few feet into cave and then turning around and coming out. One male specimen collected, see him and the limestone cave etc. at http://southwestdragonflies.net/caphotos/spiketail_calaveras05.html

Flame Skimmer – 1-2 females seen; photographed

Darner sp. – possibly a Blue-eyed seen by Dave. Also one exuvia found, and lost!

California Dancer – some, 1 male collected

Emma’s Dancer – 1 male collected

Sooty Dancer – somewhat less plentiful than Vivids

Vivid Dancer – plentiful

Northern Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum – 1 male collected

Western Forktail – 1 female seen

Desert Firetail – one male collected

--

Kathy and Dave Biggs

Camp Nine Rd, East of Angels Camp, off Hwy 49, near Valecito

First Farm Pond on the left (“No Trespassing” so seen from roadside only)

Common Green Darner – several

Western Pondhawk – males and females seen

Widow Skimmer* – many [last date reported for 2005]

Twelve-spotted Skimmer, Libellula pulchella* – one male seen well. There is only a sight record for this species, but we were not able to catch it in a [last date reported in 2005]

Blue Dasher – males and females seen

Black Saddlebags – several seen

--

Camp Nine Rd, un-named creek to the left just before road/bridge over the river/lake arm

Sooty Dancer- several

Vivid Dancer - several

Flame Skimmer – at least 3 males

Aeshna sp. – 1

--

Calaveras/Tuolumne Counties

Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River, end of Camp Nine Rd: You go across the outlet for the hydro plant, along a Ό mile path to the River. It is the boundary line between the two counties, and thus any species encountered there is counted for both counties. None of the dragonflies we saw there seemed to migrating, all were seen as singles and in non-directional flight:

Pacific Spiketail – 1 female seen along trail

Black Saddlebags – many

Common Green Darner – many

Vivid Dancer – some

Sooty Dancer – some

Emma’s Dancer Argia Emma – at least 5. Two males collected as Tuolumne County vouchers.

Arroyo Bluet Enallagma praevarum – one male collected as Tuolumne County voucher

 

August 25, 2005

Tulare County

Steve Summers

Stoil ponds …. a name I've made up…..[it is] along Hwy. 43 about 5 miles north of Allensworth, it's an old Santa Fe railroad station. There are three large ponds (reservoirs) here that I've found good for birds and odes for Tulare Co.

Familiar Bluet (8),

Desert Forktail, Ischnura barberi – photo of male taken, 1st county record

Western Forktail (1m),

Blue-eyed Darner (5),

Common Green Darner (4),

Western Pondhawk (10),

Blue Dasher (20),

# Wandering Glider Pantala flavescens (50), Photo upgrade of prior sighting only record [~20 1st seen at this location on Aug. 16]

Spot-winged Glider (6),

Variegated Meadowhawk (75)

Black Saddlebags (100)

-------

Calaveras County

Kathy and Dave Biggs

Carson Creek @ New Melones Reservoir

Pacific Spiketail – 1 female seen ovipositing by Ranger Leanne Bryan just prior to our arrival (darn – missed again!)

Vivid Dancer - several

Darner – 1 exuvia collected

Irongate Campground

Black Saddlebags – several seen flying around the hills of the campground

 

August 25, 2005

Stanislaus County

John Hall, David Edwards

We looked for dragonflies along Del Puerto Canyon Road mainly between PM 3 and 4 and near PM 18 along Del Puerto Canyon Road.. This last area is now marked with an Adobe Springs sign and an address of 19000.

American Rubyspot 12

California Dancer 3

California/Aztec Dancer 40

Sooty Dancer 10

Vivid Dancer 50

Tule Bluet 2

Familiar Bluet 4

Northern Bluet 2

Boreal/Northern Bluet 10

Arroyo Bluet 1

Western Forktail 1

Walker's Darner 2

Common Green Darner 8

Giant Darner 1

Blue-eyed Darner 1

Western Pondhawk 5

Flame Skimmer 70

Blue Dasher 8

Red Rock Skimmer 20

Spot-winged Glider 2

Variegated Meadowhawk 7

Black Saddlebags 3

-----

Tulare County

Steve Summers

Ischnura barberi (Desert Forktail) - Photo record

Stoil ponds lat/long: N 35.909729° W -119.439172° Elevation: 63 m

 

August 22, 2005

San Benito County

Paul Johnson CA Chart #76

*Lavendar Dancer Argia hinei - Photo record

 

August 19, 2005

John Hall, David Edwards

San Mateo County

Skyline Ridge OSP

Horseshoe Lake

Time: 10:35AM to 12:30PM

California Dancer 25

Tule Bluet 6

Arroyo Bluet 1

Pacific Forktail 4

Western Forktail 2

Mosaic Darner,sp 10

Common Green Darner 1

Blue-eyed Darner 12

Western Pondhawk 5

Eight-spotted Skimmer 10

Flame Skimmer 30

Blue Dasher 7

Cardinal Meadowhawk 4

Striped Meadowhawk 1

Black Saddlebags 3

Alpine Pond

Time: 12:35PM to 1:47PM

Northern Spreadwing 1

California Dancer 20

Arroyo Bluet 3

Pacific Forktail 6

Western Forktail 1

Desert Firetail 1

Mosaic Darner,sp 3

Common Green Darner 3

Blue-eyed Darner 2

Western Pondhawk 2

Widow Skimmer 1

Flame Skimmer 5

Blue Dasher 7

Striped Meadowhawk 2

Santa Clara County

Monte Bello OSP

Monte Bello Pond

Time: 1:52PM to 2:58PM

California Spreadwing 1

Northern Spreadwing 1

Tule Bluet 2

Arroyo Bluet 8

Pacific Forktail 6

Western Forktail 5

Desert Firetail 1

Mosaic Darner,sp 3

Common Green Darner 8

Blue-eyed Darner 3

Western Pondhawk 1

Eight-spotted Skimmer 3

Widow Skimmer 2

Flame Skimmer 25

Blue Dasher 30

Cardinal Meadowhawk 2

Striped Meadowhawk 29

Black Saddlebags 1

Monte Bello Seep

Time: 3:02PM to 3:35PM

Northern Spreadwing

Vivid Dancer

Pacific Spiketail

 

August 18, 2005

Santa Cruz County

John Hall, David Edwards

Quail Hollow Ranch Time: 11:10AM to 2:30PM, no sunshine until 12:30PM

Vivid Dancer 8

Familiar Bluet Enallagma civile 1 (in hand, photographed- upgrade of prior sighting only record)

Arroyo Bluet 6 (1 in hand)

Pacific Forktail 50

Western Forktail 12

Desert Firetail Telebasis salva 7 (photographed - upgrade of prior sighting only record)

Mosaic Darner,sp 5

Common Green Darner 4

Blue-eyed Darner 10

Western Pondhawk 9

Flame Skimmer 10

Blue Dasher 1

Spot-winged Glider 1

Glider,sp 1 (probably Wandering)

Variegated Meadowhawk 3

Cardinal Meadowhawk 9

Striped Meadowhawk

Black Saddlebags

Felton and Big Trees Time: 2:40PM to 4:05PM

Vivid Dancer 12

Boreal/Northern Bluet 1

Arroyo Bluet 1

Pacific Forktail 1

Western Forktail 2

Desert Firetail 1

Mosaic Darner,sp 15

Common Green Darner 1

Blue-eyed Darner 3

Flame Skimmer 20

Blue Dasher 2

Wandering Glider Pantala flavescens 1 - new sight record

Spot-winged Glider 1

Glider,sp 4

Common Whitetail Libellula lydia 1 (photographed - upgrade of prior sighting only record)

Cardinal Meadowhawk 3

 

August 18, 2005

Siskiyou County

Dave Payne

I floated the Klamath River on Thursday, August 18 from Ash Creek River Access (6 miles west of I-5) to Gottville. The float was about twelve miles or so. We did a river cleanup with a Goosenest YCC Crew. It was a great opportunity to teach a few teenagers some common ode identification. We also managed to pull nine tires out of the river. It was sunny with scattered afternoon clouds and temps were in the low 90's. Lots of ode activity. We saw:

American rubyspot - 1 male perched on rock

Northern bluets - numerous pairs ovipositing

Emma's Dancers - numerous pairs ovipositing

Flame Skimmer - numerous males

Widow Skimmer - numerous, a few pairs in tandem

Blue Dasher- 2 males observed

Black Saddlebags - 3 males observed

aeshna sp - 1 male patrolling (first mile of river float)

#Common Green Darner - We evidently floated through an emergence swarm! I noted only 2 mature males, everyone else appeared to be teneral male or female. The numbers began to grow and surpass the widow skimmers only two miles into our float. Near Skeanan Bar we figured we had easily seen over a thousand darners. They were centered over the river. A few miles past Cayuse River Access the numbers dropped back to nearly zero. It was pretty cool floating along and being "escorted" by so many green darners. Cayuse River Access pond may well be a source for such an emergence, this particular swarm seemed to be located a few miles east and stretched maybe two miles west of the Cayuse pond. On shuttle I noticed the pond to be totally covered with bright green algae. The teenagers were even impressed with the numbers of the swarm.

 

August 17, 2005

Colusa County

Greg Kareofelas

Stony Creek

I just was up at Stony Creek and I got an *Great Spreadwing Archilestes grandis, not used to finding these out so early. This one was a very mature male, so he has been out for a while.

-------

Siskiyou County

Dave Payne

Happy Camp

My backyard pond is providing great opportunities for watching odes.

Here are today's highlights. High temps were in the low 90's.

Widow Skimmer - A female was flying about the yard near the pond; a male showed up shortly thereafter. This occurred during the cool of the early morning before 10 am. A male was the first ode to perch on the "preferred reed" today.

Flame Skimmer - A male has been perching on same reed ("preferred reed") for the last two weeks. It usually shows up after 11 am and stays until sun leaves pool at 3:30 pm. I have seen it in tandem with random females and witnessed ovipositing occurring on several occasions. There was no ovipositing observed today.

Western Forktail - A male showed up and explored the pond habitat. It was there during the heat of the afternoon.

Northern Bluet - A tandem pair was ovipositing on stems and vegetation during the heat of the afternoon.

Striped Meadowhawk - A male competes with the flame skimmer for the "preferred reed" to perch on. They have skirmishes and the meadowhawk will actually attempt to land on top of the flame skimmer while it is perched on the reed. Lots of oblisking during the heat of the day. They eventually share the "preferred reed".

Emma's Dancers - A pair was ovipositing into floating veg during mid afternoon heat.

Paddle-tailed Darner - A male showed up yesterday and returned today. He patrols and searches. He appears after the pond has shaded over and temps have cooled off a bit, usually after 5 pm.

Pacific Spiketail - A female showed up at 7pm and did some ovipositing on shallow sand, floating veg, and a partially submerged leaf. She was a new species for the yard list. She oviposited for about three minutes and then disappeared. A beautiful bug!

Elsewhere in the county:

I went to China Point River Access this afternoon. The access is about six miles east of Happy Camp. Ode activity was pretty good. It was sunny, hot, low 90's. During the one hour I was there I saw:

Northern Bluet - Several males perched.

Eight-Spot skimmer - 1 male patrolling.

Common Green Darner - 1 male patrolling.

Western Forktail - 1 female ovipositing.

Widow Skimmer - The most common ode today, lots of males, 1 tandem pair, and 1 male netted for fun.

Blue Dasher - A few males patrolling.

Emma's Dancer - Several couples ovipositing.

Flame Skimmer - 1 male pat patrolling.

The shoreline here is lined with willows, reeds, and grass. The river is broad, shallow and swift as it breaks out of a half mile long pool. The eddies along the shore are covered with floating veg and are magnets for odes.

 

August 16, 2005

San Diego County

Douglas Aguillard

# Well, the flight of Spot-winged & Wandering Gliders, along with the occasional Red Saddlebags continued today, with about 5-6 per minute flying from North to South in National City.

-------

San Benito County

Steve Rovell and Paul Johnson

We spent half a day at the Bear Gulch Reservoir at Pinnacles National Monument, San Benito Co. We were greeted there by a male eight-spotted skimmer Libellula forensis. It didn't stick around long enough to be photographed or captured, but I believe it's the first reported sighting of the species in this county. [1st sight record]

Seen at the reservoir:

-common green darner

-giant darner

-blue-eyed darner

-white-belted ringtail* [last date reported in 2005]

-eight-spotted skimmer

-flame skimmer

-black saddlebags

-common whitetail (female only)

-cardinal meadowhawk

-variegated meadowhawk

-desert firetail

-many blue damsels

And in the small streams near the Visitor Center:

-Walker's darner

 

 

August 14/15, 2005

San Diego County

Douglas Aguillard

# Yesterday, I noticed many Odes flying over my yard, but couldn't get a positive ID on them. Today I'm watching Variegated Meadowhawks and the occasional Red saddlebags flying from north to south following the Interstate 805 through National City. I'm seeing about 5 per minute. …Add Spot-wing Gliders to the mix, and I wouldn't doubt that there was some Wandering with the mixed group. I added both Spot-winged and Red Saddlebags to my yard list along with a flyover Long-billed Curlew (bird).

 

August 13, 2005

Contra Costa County

Robert Grahamjones

# I rode my bike to the top of Mt. Diablo. Towards the summit (after 3000') I saw clouds of dragonflies thicker than I have ever seen. It reminded me of locust clouds growing up in Ohio.

 

August 12, 2005

Siskiyou County

John Hall, David Edwards

Pumice Stone Well Time: 9:25AM to 1:20PM

Spotted Spreadwing 7 (2 in hand)

Northern Spreadwing 10

Western Forktail 3

Variable Darner 15

Mosaic Darner,sp 200

Blue-eyed Darner 2

American Emerald* 4 [last date reported in 2005]

Mountain Emerald* 3 [last date reported in 2005]

Emerald,sp 10

Twelve-spotted Skimmer 1

Striped Meadowhawk 30

Western Meadowhawk 2

 

August 11, 2005

Siskiyou County

John Hall, David Edwards

Forest Road 26 at Gumboot Creek Time: 9:50AM to 10:07AM

Vivid Dancer 5

Black Petaltail 1

Emerald,sp 1

---

Trinity County

John Hall, David Edwards

Picayune Lake Area - See Kathy and Dave Biggs July 25, 2005 report for location of the ponds Time: 10:35AM to 1:50PM

Northern Spreadwing 70 (2 in hand)

Emerald Spreadwing* 2 (1 in hand) [last reported 2005]

Lyre-tipped Spreadwing 1 (female photographed)

Pond Spreadwing, sp 10

Vivid Dancer 7

Boreal Bluet* 1 (in hand) [last date reported 2005]

Boreal/Northern Bluet 90

Western Forktail 3

Black Petaltail 1

Variable Darner 10

Mosaic Darner,sp 15

Common Green Darner 35

Pacific Spiketail 1

Ringed Emerald Somatachlora albicincta * 3 - new sight record [last date reported in 2005]

Mountain Emerald 2

Emerald,sp 3

Hudsonian Whiteface* 15 [last date reported in 2005]

Twelve-spotted Skimmer 8

Four-spotted Skimmer* 10 [last date reported in 2005]

Common Whitetail 1

Black Meadowhawk 1 (photographed)

White-faced Meadowhawk Sympetrum obtrusum 3 (photographed)

Striped Meadowhawk 6

Mumbo Lakes - We visited Mumbo and Upper Mumbo Lakes Time: 2:15PM to 4:05PM

Northern Spreadwing 80

Emerald Spreadwing 1 (in hand)

Vivid Dancer 2

Boreal Bluet 1 (in hand)

Boreal/Northern Bluet 30

Western Forktail 3

Variable Darner 5

Mosaic Darner,sp 20

Common Green Darner 75

American Emerald 4

Mountain Emerald 2

Emerald,sp 3

Crimson-ringed Whiteface* 30 (1 in hand) [last date reported in 2005]

Twelve-spotted Skimmer 5

 

August 7, 2005

Santa Barbara County

Nick Lethaby

I spent about an hour looking for odes in the Cuyama Valley and adjoining Santa Barbara Canyon in the NE corner of Santa Barbara county. A number of desert birds and butterflies reach the edge of their range here and I was hoping to find a couple of new odes for the county - specifically Desert Firetail and White-belted Ringtail. I had no luck with either despite a 30 minute walk along the streambed looking for the ringtail.

Santa Barbara Canyon:

Sooty Dancer - 2

Vivid Dancer - 1

Red Rock Skimmer - 6

Black Saddlebags - few

Wandering Glider - 1

Pond near New Cuyama

W. Pondhawk - 2

Common Green Darner - several

Black Saddlebags - v. common

Flame Skimmer - v. common

Blue-eyed (?) Darner - v. common

Variegated Meadowhawk - 2

Bluet sp. - v .common

Wandering Glider - some

I didn't have time to check another pond or other spots on the creek as it was dry. I could have easily missed some good species. Red Saddlebags was noticeably absent. This species is common on the S. coastal plain of the county but I haven't seen it inland yet.

-------

San Mateo County

Paul Saraceni and Eric Preston

We made a brief check of some ponds in Pescadero Marsh on Saturday afternoon, with the following observations:

Northern Spreadwing 1 m.

spreadwing sp. 1 f. & 1 teneral

Pacific Forktail 30+

Swift Forktail* 1 m. [last date reported 2005]

Western Forktail 3 f.

Common Green Darner 1 m.

Blue-eyed Darner 5+

Wandering Glider 1 (briefly perched)

 

August 4, 2005

San Diego County

Nicole Ramirez

Lindo Lake

A female Mexican Amberwing photographed.

-------

Siskiyou County

Dave and Kathy Biggs

McCloud River, a delightful spot off the McCloud River Loop Rd, where we took a little turn off between Cattle Camp and the Cattle Camp's Swimming Hole areas.

The very cool, clear water, with a shoreline that was about 20% mud banks hosted at least TWO Pacific Spiketails on the same 200 yd stretch! They interacted many times, but the 'loser' always came back after a moment or two and followed the 'winner' just a 50 ft behind him! Dave thinks there were perhaps as many as 6!! At one point, a 3rd Spiketail came into our view, just at the log jam that marked the apparent end of the territory. As the lead male took off after it, Dave and I had hopes of finally getting to see a female oviposit. But alas, it was not so. Also seen there were at least 2 large darners. But darn it, they evaded the net repeatedly. One appeared to be a Walker's Darner, and the other a Shadow, or perhaps even a Canada Darner.

During a short stop at 5:45 pm at Soda Springs off Squaw Valley Rd, McCloud, we found

Western Forktails - being snatched up by red and black colored wasps! I watched both a female and male get captured!

Variable Darner - at least one male seen well

Mosaic Darner sp.- several

Common Whitetails - common

 

August 3, 2005

Humboldt County

Ron LeValley

I’ve had a computer crash and so I don’t have access to the updated county lists, but I think that this is a Gray Sanddragon Progomphus borealis* [last date reported in 2005]. According to my old records, there were no Humboldt (or Mendocino) records. If I had been better prepared I could have collected one. There were two of them doing courting flights around each other along the Eel River just about 3 miles north of Redway in Humboldt County. [photo accepted – kb].

-------

Mono County

John Hall, David Edwards

Meadowcliff Lodge Time: 8:00AM to 9:00AM Temp. 75

While waiting for the high country to warm up, we wandered the grounds of our overnight accommodation. This lodge is about 3 miles north of Walker on Route 395. There is a nice short stretch of an irrigation ditch on the property.

River Bluet 1

Alkali Bluet 1

Bluet,sp 3

Western Forktail 8

Paddle-tailed Darner 2 (perched males)

Eight-spotted Skimmer 1

Variegated Meadowhawk 3

Striped Meadowhawk 13

Western Meadowhawk 5

---

Alpine County

John Hall, David Edwards

Monitor Pass small pond on north side of highway just west of the pass Time: 9:35AM to11:00AM Temp. 70

Northern Spreadwing 10

Emerald Spreadwing 70

Boreal Bluet 2 (in hand)

Boreal/Northern Bluet 15

Western Forktail 1

Mosaic Darner,sp 5

Striped Meadowhawk 10

Hope Valley Wildlife Area Junction of Routes 88 and 89 Time: 11:35 to12:20PM Temp. 75

Common Green Darner 1

Variable Darner (indeterminate) 1

Boreal/Northern Bluet 1

Junction of Route 88 and Blue Lakes Road Unnamed lake/reservoir . We made a circle of the lake. Time 12:37PM to 14:15PM Temp. 75

Northern Spreadwing 200

Emerald Spreadwing 3

Boreal Bluet 1 (in hand)

Boreal/Northern Bluet 150

Mosaic Darner,sp 5

Common Green Darner 1

Blue-eyed Darner 1

American Emerald 4

Mountain Emerald 1

Emerald,sp 2

Four-spotted Skimmer 80

Variegated Meadowhawk 8

White-faced Meadowhawk 6

Striped Meadowhawk 15

Western Meadowhawk Sympetrum occidentale 9 photographed

Woods Lake Time: 2:35Pm to 3:20Pm Temp. 75

Boreal Bluet 1 (in hand)

Boreal/Northern Bluet 20

Mosaic Darner,sp 4

 

August 2, 2005

Mono County

John Hall, David Edwards

Dechambeau Ponds Time: 10:10AM to 2:40PM Temp. 80 clear skies, no wind

Western Red Damsel 5

Tule Bluet 50 (2 in hand)

Familiar Bluet Enallagma civile 10 (2 in hand) photographed

Alkali Bluet 10 (2 in hand)

Bluet,sp 1000

Boreal/Northern Bluet 2

Pacific Forktail 3

Black-fronted Forktail 3

Western Forktail 10

Paddle-tailed Darner 4

Mosaic Darner,sp 15

Common Green Darner 5

Blue-eyed Darner 5

Western Pondhawk 200

Bleached Skimmer* 40 (at least 12 tandem pairs ovipositing) [last date reported for 2005]

Eight-spotted Skimmer 100

Hoary Skimmer 1

Flame Skimmer 15

Desert Whitetail Libellula subornata* 5 photographed [last date reported in 2005]

Variegated Meadowhawk 30

*Saffron-winged Meadowhawk 30

Striped Meadowhawk 1

Black Saddlebags 30

Red Saddlebags 5

Dogtown site pond:

This pond is on the west side of Route 395 near the intersection with Route 167 to Bodie. Look for the #4 marker (for points of interest along 395).

Boreal Bluet 2 (in hand)

Bluet,sp 40

Pacific Forktail 2

Western Forktail 15

Mosaic Darner,sp 5

Blue-eyed Darner 1

Four-spotted Skimmer 4

Striped Meadowhawk 1

 

August 1, 2005

Inyo County

John Hall, David Edwards

This day was to be a day to look for the Sierra Nevada Skipper in the White Mountains. This elusive butterfly occurs above tree line on scree slopes near the summits of mountains in a few known locales. We chose Campito Mountain with a peak at 11, 560 feet. On our way we stopped at Tollhouse Spring. Time: 8:15AM to 8:55 AM and again from 3:35PM to 3:45PM

Vivid Dancer 15

Mosaic Darner,sp 3

Blue-eyed Darner 1

Pacific Spiketail 3

Flame Skimmer 1

Western Meadowhawk 1

Campito Mountain Time: 9:45AM to 1:25PM Temp. 65

Mono County

We parked at about the 10, 760 foot level of the road and hiked up to the peak. We were amazed to see darners flying on the slopes and hill topping. We identified 5 Blue-eyed Darners and had another 10 left unidentified. We were also successful in finding the butterfly at the peak.

Irrigation Canal along Route 168 just east of Big Pine. Time: 4:05PM to 4:45PM Temp. 104

Variegated Meadowhawk 6

Tule Bluet 30

River Bluet 5 (1 in hand)

Bluet,sp 300

Common Green Darner 1

Black-fronted Forktail 1

 

July 2005

 

End of July, 2005

Michael J. Ellis

Great oding in the Lakes Basin region. I was in white face heaven!!!!.

Spotted Spreadwing

Emerald spreadwing

Northern Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum)

Western Forktail (Ischnura perparva)

Common Green Darner (Anax junius)

Blue-eyed Darner (A. multicolor) (I THINK)

Western Meadowhawk (S. occidentale)

Striped Meadowhawk (S. pallipes)

Variegated Meadowhawk

Four-Spotted skimmer

Saffron winged meadowhawk

Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata)

Grappletail

American emerald

Mountain Emerald

Pacific Spiketail

 

July 30, 2005

Imperial County

John Hall, David Edwards

Vicinity of Sinclair and Montgomery Roads and Highline Canal

Besides walking alongside the Highline Canal we looked in a couple of the lateral canals. These proved to be rewarding and provided many of the observations.

Time: 7:30AM to 10:37AM Temp 106

American Rubyspot 25

Powdered Dancer* 100 [last date reported 2005]

Blue-ringed Dancer* 14 [last date reported 2005]

Familiar Bluet 20

White-belted Ringtail 7

Gray Sanddragon 1

*Brimstone Clubtail 1

Western Pondhawk 8

Comanche Skimmer* 2 [last date reported in 2005]

Roseate Skimmer 6

Wandering Glider 7

Spot-winged Glider 5

Black Saddlebags 2

Red Saddlebags 1

-----

Inyo County

Dirty Socks Spring

We observed dragonflies here between 8:30AM and 10:20AM. Skies were clear, temperature 85, light breeze.

Paiute Dancer* 1 * [last date reported 2005]

Tule Bluet 5

Familiar Bluet 5

Alkali Bluet 4

Bluet, sp 25

Desert Forktail 30

Black-fronted Forktail 1

Common Green Darner 10

Blue-eyed Darner 5

*Olive Clubtail Stylurus olivaceus *1 (eating bluet) [only date reported in 2005]

Western Pondhawk 4

Bleached Skimmer 1

Blue Dasher 1

Wandering Glider 1

Desert Whitetail 3

Variegated Meadowhawk 70

Black Saddlebags 1

Mazourka Springs - Time: 11:10AM to 1PM Temp. 95

Paiute Dancer 4

Aztec Dancer* 2 (in hand) [only one IDed all year – kb]

Vivid Dancer 1

Pacific Forktail 7

Black-fronted Forktail 3

Desert Firetail 25

Common Green Darner 5

Blue-eyed Darner 3

Western Pondhawk 20

Bleached Skimmer 1

Eight-spotted Skimmer 1

Blue Dasher 50

Variegated Meadowhawk 25

Western Meadowhawk 7

Black Saddlebags 3

North McNally Canal

We walked along the canal on the north side of Silver Canyon Road. Take Route 6 from Bishop to Silver Canyon Road. The canal is the second one a short distance past the railroad museum. Time; 2:10PM to 4:10PM. Temp. 98

River Bluet 3

Tule Bluet 30

Familiar Bluet 1

Pacific Forktail 10

Black-fronted Forktail 2

Common Green Darner 10

Giant Darner 2

Blue-eyed Darner 1

Western Pondhawk 12

Eight-spotted Skimmer 2

Flame Skimmer 20

Blue Dasher 5

Variegated Meadowhawk 50

Western Meadowhawk 200

Black Saddlebags 10

Five Bridges Road and Owens River Time: 4:15PM to 4:45PM

Vivid Dancer 5

Tule Bluet 1

Familiar Bluet 1

Common Green Darner 2

Blue-eyed Darner 2

Eight-spotted Skimmer 2

Variegated Meadowhawk 5

Black Saddlebags 30

 

July 29, 2005

Santa Barbara County

Nick Lethaby

Spent about 30 minutes over lunch here today:

American Rubyspot - 1, a lifer for me

Sooty Dancer - 1-2

Dancer sp. - many Vivid/California/Aztec Dancers

*Serpent Ringtail Erpetogomphus lampropeltis*– 2 [ONLY date reported in 2005]

W. Pondhawk - 1

Widow Skimmer - 1

Flame Skimmer - Many

Still no sign of Giant Darner or Gray Sanddraggon.

-------

Lassen County

Karen DeMello and Jan Hintermeister

(Warner Valley) - the full lifecycle of the Grappletail* - [last date reported in 2005]

We went to the southeast corner of Lassen Volcanic National Park and took the short 2 mile hike from Drakesbad to Devils Kitchen. We spent quite a bit of time at the bridge leading to Devils Kitchen watching the full lifecycle of the Grappletail. We saw several adults flying, and also perching on shrubs and rocks in the creek. There was a female ovipositing. The highlight was watching the end of an emergence on a blade of grass sticking out of the stream: the new dragonfly had just emerged, and we waited patiently for its glistening wings to pop open. It took 15 or 20 minutes for it to fly off into the protection of nearby plants. Then the grand finale: a nymph started to climb up the same blade of grass, but it changed its mind and went back into the creek, possibly being a bit picky about where to emerge? Or perhaps it wasn't quite ready yet. All in all, it was very exciting to witness all of these facets of the lifecycle in such a short period of time. We also saw Pacific Spiketail and Aeshna sp. (these darn darners never seem to stop moving so we couldn't tell what kind it was).

Sacramento County

On the drive to Lassen we stopped at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge off of I-5 to see what the 6 mile auto loop would be like in the middle of summer. We saw hundreds of Variegated Meadowhawks (mostly female), Eight-spotted Skimmer, Twelve-spotted Skimmer, Black Saddlebags, Common Green Darner, and Blue Dasher. At the observation platform around mile 3 there were dozens of large dark spiders hanging in webbed colonies from the trees. It looked like a scene from Arachnophbia!

Butte County

We also stopped at Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park 5 miles west of Chico. At the boat launch area we saw Widow Skimmer, Black Saddlebags, Blue Dasher, a female Western Pondhawk ovipositing, and Jan saw a Pacific Forktail while he was sitting in the shade trying not to melt from the scorching afternoon heat.

-------

Los Angeles County

John Hall, David Edwards

Frenchman's Flat

David and I walked alongside Piru Creek between the first bridge and the narrows. Our search for the Ringtail was successful but we were unable to locate any Lavender Dancers.

Time: 11:25AM to 2:22PM. Temp. 90

American Rubyspot 10

California/Aztec Dancer 10

Sooty Dancer 60

Vivid Dancer 30

Arroyo Bluet 1

Serpent Ringtail 18

Flame Skimmer 6

Red Rock Skimmer 15

Variegated Meadowhawk 1

 

July 23/24, 2005

Imperial County

Bob Miller

Salton Sea:

I photographed a female Marl Pennant* [last date reported in 2005] on Obsidian Butte, which is on the south east shore of the Salton Sea, on Saturday , July 23. Was on a birding trip so did not have time to search out others. The list below is of dragons and damsels that were numerous or easily seen in the right habitats.

Other odes seen during the weekend, in no particular order :-)

Blue Dasher

Western Pondhawk

American Rubyspot

Powdered Dancer

Blue-ringed Dancer

Ramber's Forktail

Mexican Amberwing

Black Saddlebags

Red Saddlebags

Roseate Skimmer

Common Green Darner

Glider sp.

-------

Modoc County

Kevin McKereghan

I took a few days over the weekend to do some camping (and Odeing/Birding etc) in the Warner Mountains with the family. The highlights were the Great Basin Snaketails and the huge numbers of bluets at the Fandango Pass pond (1.5 miles or so up Forest Road 9 from County Road 1, north of Cedarville), look for a gate on the left signed "please close gate" walk back along the road about 1/3 mile to the pond (hidden behind a dam) there must have been thousands. Overall outstanding Ode activity, I wish I'd had longer, and was going back in September. Following is my trip list

Location: Soup Spring Campground and Pine Creek Trail

Spotted Spreadwing

Common Spreadwing

Emerald Spreadwing

Western Forktail

Vivid Dancer

Boreal Bluet

Western Red Damsel

Striped Meadowhawk

Western Meadowhawk

Cherry-faced Meadowhawk

American Emerald

Great Basin Snaketail* [last date reported in 2005]

8-spotted Skimmer

Blue-eyed Darner

Variable Darner

California Darner

Aeshna sp.

Pacific Spiketail

Roadside pond along road to Fandango Pass

Common Spreadwing

Black-fronted Forktail

Western Forktail

Boreal Bluet

Tule/Arroyo Bluet

Striped Meadowhawk

Dot-tailed Whiteface* [last date reported in 2005]

Common Green Darner

Aeshna sp.

8-spotted Skimmer

12-spotted Skimmer

Common Whitetail

Blue Lake Campground

Spotted Spreadwing

Common Spreadwing

Western Forktail

Pacific Forktail

Boreal Bluet

Striped Skimmer

Western Skimmer

4-spotted Skimmer

8-spotted Skimmer

12-spotted Skimmer

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Aeshna sp.

Pacific Clubtail

 

July 23, 2005

Placer County

Bruce Webb

8204 Cantershire Way, Granite Bay

Neon Skimmer Libellula croceipennis* - on my pond, - photo by Bruce Webb [last date reported for 2005]

The elevation here is about 260 ft in the Sierra Nevada foothills. A large Blue Oak tree shades the pond. Other visitors to this (emphasized) small pond this summer have included Desert Firetail, Spot-winged Glider and Variegated Meadowhawk.

-------

Santa Clara County

John Hall, David Edwards

Monte Bello OSP

Seep

Northern Spreadwing 35

Vivid Dancer 20

Swift Forktail 4

Western Forktail 2

Walker's Darner Aeshna walkeri 2

Mosaic Darner,sp 4

Common Green Darner 1

Pacific Spiketail 4

Flame Skimmer 1

Cardinal Meadowhawk 5

Black Saddlebags 1

Pond

Northern Spreadwing 8

Bluet,sp 300

Arroyo Bluet 50

Pacific Forktail 1

Western Forktail 15

Desert Firetail 5

Mosaic Darner,sp 3

Common Green Darner 15

Blue-eyed Darner 2

Western Pondhawk 10

Eight-spotted Skimmer 20

Flame Skimmer 20

Blue Dasher 100

Common Whitetail 2

Cardinal Meadowhawk 8

Striped Meadowhawk 20

Black Saddlebags 5

-----

San Mateo County

John Hall, David Edwards

Skyline Ridge OSP

Alpine Pond

Northern Spreadwing 3

California/Aztec Dancer 20

Vivid Dancer 1

Arroyo Bluet 15

Pacific Forktail 1

Mosaic Darner,sp 2

Common Green Darner 5

Blue-eyed Darner 1

Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata - PHOTO record, updates prior sight only record - 6

Eight-spotted Skimmer 15

Widow Skimmer 3

Flame Skimmer 8

Blue Dasher 100

Common Whitetail 1

Cardinal Meadowhawk 2

Striped Meadowhawk 7

Black Saddlebags 1

Horseshoe Lake

California Dancer 15

Tule Bluet 1

Bluet,sp 1500

Arroyo Bluet 20

Pacific Forktail 7

Western Forktail 3

Mosaic Darner,sp 3

Common Green Darner Anax junius 25 - photo taken to update county record from sighting record only

Blue-eyed Darner 1

Pacific Spiketail 2

Western Pondhawk 10

Eight-spotted Skimmer 80

Widow Skimmer 2

Flame Skimmer 110

Blue Dasher 80

Common Whitetail 1

Cardinal Meadowhawk 1

Black Saddlebags 8

-------

Siskiyou County

Dave Payne

I floated the Klamath River from Rocky Point River Access to Sluice Box River Access (6 miles through Seiad Valley). It was hot, high 90's once again. Lots of odes.

Widow Skimmer - there were hundreds on the wing, one eddy easily had a hundred patrolling. Females were ovipositing, tandem pairs were common. Most abundant ode of the day.

Flame Skimmer - one male only!

Eight Spot Skimmer

Twelve Spot Skimmer

Sinuous Snaketail* - numerous, collected several "near drownings". [last date reported in 2005]

Western River Cruiser* - about seven males [last date reported in 2005]

Common Green Darner - 1 pair ovipositing, several males

Northern Bluet

Emma's Dancer - lots ovipositing

Blue Dasher

American Rubyspot

Other highlights: Seiad Valley is home to lots of Canada Geese and Common Merganser. Great blue heron, kingfisher, osprey and kestrel were also seen

 

July 22, 2005

Siskiyou County

Dave Payne

Klamath River: I did a float July 22 from Happy Camp to Wingate Bar (7 miles). It was hot, high 90's.

Here is who I recall seeing.

American Rubyspot

*River Jewelwing Calopteryx aequabilis - 1 male [last date reported in 2005]

Northern Bluet

Emma's Dancer - hundreds of pairs ovipositing on any floating vegetation.

widow skimmer

flame skimmer

eight-spot skimmer

twelve-spot skimmer

blue dasher

black saddlebags

Sinuous snaketail

Bison snaketail* - first specimen I have found this far west along the river. [last date reported in 2005]

Western River Cruiser

Common Green Darner

Other highlights include 1 mink; 1 adult bald eagle; and 1 immature bald eagle; lots of nesting osprey.

Siskiyou Co

John Hall, David Edwards

Cedar Lake, Lower Cliff Lake, Cliff Lake

This day dawned totally cloudless and remained that way all day. Since we had to drive back to San Francisco we left the area shortly after 2pm. We drove back up towards Gumboot Lake but stopped at Forest Road 39N05Y. This is on the left as you head up to Gumboot. It is about a mile down from the Gumboot parking area. This is a 4 wheel drive road! Since we had a regular car we parked at the beginning and walked in to the various lakes. This is an easy walk. We went as far as Cliff Lake. Our walk started just after 8:30AM and finished at 1:30PM

Road to Cedar Lake

Vivid Dancer 30

Boreal Bluet 50

Black Petaltail 2

Grappletail 2

Crimson-ringed Whiteface 1

*Black Meadowhawk Sympetrum danae 1 (adult male)

Cedar Lake

Emerald Spreadwing 2

Vivid Dancer 10

Boreal Bluet 4 (in hand)

Boreal/Northern Bluet 200

Black Petaltail 2

Common Green Darner 1

Blue-eyed Darner 2

Grappletail 3

American Emerald 2

Emerald,sp 1

Crimson-ringed Whiteface 50 (1 in hand)

Hudsonian Whiteface 15

Whiteface,sp 100

Twelve-spotted Skimmer 6

Four-spotted Skimmer 40

Lower Cliff Lake

Vivid Dancer 5

Boreal Bluet 2 (in hand)

Boreal/Northern Bluet 100

*Shadow Darner Aeshna umbrosa 1

Mosaic Darner,sp 2

Common Green Darner 1

Grappletail 8

Crimson-ringed Whiteface 300 (2 in hand)

Hudsonian Whiteface 20

Whiteface,sp 200

Twelve-spotted Skimmer 3

Four-spotted Skimmer 60

Cliff Lake

Vivid Dancer 5

Boreal Bluet 1 (in hand)

Boreal/Northern Bluet 150

Black Petaltail 1

Mosaic Darner,sp 2

Grappletail 3

American Emerald 2

Crimson-ringed Whiteface 1

Hudsonian Whiteface 5

Four-spotted Skimmer 10

-------

Santa Barbara County

Nick Lethaby

Santa Ynez River

Not much to report here but I did see a Widow Skimmer here …., my first for this location.

-----

San Benito County

Paul Johnson

For several years I've been occasionally seeing a dragonfly at Pinnacles National Monument, San Benito County with white on its wings, but haven't been able to confirm its ID. A couple weeks ago I was pretty sure I saw a widow skimmer. Today was the first chance I had to get out and look for it again, so I took an extended lunch break and went up to the Bear

Gulch Reservoir. Found one!

Here's a list of species seen there and en route:

-spotted spreadwing - 1 male (caught and released)

-vivid dancer - abundant

-Western forktail - 1 male

-desert firetail - 3 tandem pairs

-giant darner - 1 or 2 males

-common green darner - many, including many in tandem

-blue-eyed darner - many

- *Walker's darner Aeshna walkeri - 2 (1 caught and released)

-white-belted ringtail - 1

-Pacific spiketail - 1

-common whitetail - 1 female, 2 males

-widow skimmer Libellula luctuosa - 1 male first county record

-flame skimmer - abundant

-variegated meadowhawk - 1f, 1m

-cardinal meadowhawk - 2m

-blue dasher - 1m

-black saddlebags - many males, 2f, 1 tandem pair

I don't think I've ever seen so many dragonflies flying here. Or maybe I'm just more tuned in than before. Is anyone else seeing more than usual?

-------

Colusa County

Dave and Kathy Biggs

Bear Creek at Hiway 20

We also checked this site on the 16th - it was like 107 out, and the ONLY thing we saw flying was one male Flame Skimmer!

It was 'only' 92 out and from 6:45 - 7:05 pm, we saw:

American Rubyspot

CA/Aztec Dancer

Vivid Dancer

Sooty Dancer

Giant Darners

White-belted Ringtail

Western River Cruiser

Flame Skimmer

Variegated Meadowhawks - on the barbed wire fences too

Striped Meadowhawks

Black Saddlebags

 

 

July 21, 2005

Siskiyou County

David Edwards and John Hall

There was very little sun and the occasional shower. We arrived at the lake at 10AM. We had immediate success just below the dam where we had our first sighting of Ringed Emerald. A very cooperative patrolling individual. We looked for American Emeralds but were unable to get a positive idea. The lighting was terrible. By noon it looked like there would be constant cloud and showers so we headed down to see if conditions improved at Castle Lake. We were fortunate to see some blue sky and have some sun for a minute. Definite views of American Emerald.

Gumboot Lake

Boreal Bluet 5 (in hand)

Boreal/Northern Bluet 300

Common Green Darner 8

Blue-eyed Darner 1

American Emerald

*Ringed Emerald Somatochlora albicincta 3

Emerald,sp 5

Chalk-fronted Corporal 5

Crimson-ringed Whiteface 40

Hudsonian Whiteface 10

Whiteface,sp 50

Twelve-spotted Skimmer 5

Four-spotted Skimmer 50

----

Greg Kareofelas, Andy Rehn and Rosser Garrison [they arrived just as David and John were leaving- kb]

Gumboot Lake

Enallagma boreale

Lestes dryas

Lestes unguiculatus

Tanypteryx hageni

Aeshna multicolor

Anax junius

Cordulia shurtleffi

Somatochlora albicincta

Somatochlora semicircularis

Leucorrhinia glacialis

Leucorrhinia hudsonica

Leucorrhinia intacta

Libellula quadrimaculata

Libellula forensis

Ladona julia Chalk-fronted Corporal* [last date reported for 2005]

Sympetrum corruptum

---

John Hall, David Edwards

Castle Lake

Vivid Dancer 8

Boreal Bluet 2 (in hand)

Boreal/Northern Bluet 200

Mosaic Darner,sp 1

Pacific Clubtail 1

American Emerald 6

Emerald,sp 4

We left Castle Lake at 3:20PM and headed north to Yreka where we were staying overnight. We stopped for about 50 minutes along Slough Road. This is just east of the interstate. Take the Louie Road exit and head east a very short distance to Slough Road. Turn left. We followed this to a corral where we parked and walked the road. This road is narrow and overgrown but offers no problem to cars.

Slough Road

Bluet,sp 1

Blue-eyed Darner 2

Eight-spotted Skimmer 2

Twelve-spotted Skimmer 2

Blue Dasher 2

Variegated Meadowhawk 3

Red-veined Meadowhawk* 14 [last date reported in 2005]

Western Meadowhawk 7

Black Saddlebags 5

Four-spotted Skimmer 4

Cardinal Meadowhawk 1

 

July 20, 2005

Siskiyou County

Kathy and Dave Biggs

We drove into Pumice Stone Well in the Medicine Lake Highlands area (from Hiway 89, ~27 miles N on Rd 15) in Siskiyou Co. This has always proven to be a hot spot. We found

Lyre-tipped Spreadwing, Lestes unguiculatus - 3 males IDed in hand. Scans up at http://www.sonic.net/~bigsnest/Pond/Lists/spreadwings.html - LEUN

Emerald Spreadwing, Lestes dryas - numerous, 1 female specimen kept and scanned: http://www.sonic.net/~bigsnest/Pond/Lists/spreadwings.html - LEDY

Northern Spreadwing, Lestes disjunctus, 1 male specimen kept and scanned: http://southwestdragonflies.net/damsels/cadamselphotos/lyreMt05spumice.jpg

Western Forktail Ischnura perparva - many, 1 male specimen kept and scanned: http://southwestdragonflies.net/damsels/cadamselphotos/westfkM05.jpg

Bluets- 200-300 seen; 1 M collected - a Boreal: http://southwestdragonflies.net/damsels/cadamselphotos/borealM05pumice.jpg

Mt. Emerald, Somatochlora semicircularis - 5 in hand IDed

American Emerald Cordulia shurtleffii - ~12 in hand IDs

Emerald sp - ~50, assumed to be 75% Am. Emeralds [note- Emeralds are GORGEOUS in hand, but often difficult to net, not so at this small pond- we recommend it!]

Variable Darner Aeshna interrupta - We stayed an extra half hour to collect one, only to find that when we returned to the car, our windshield had collected one too! 2 in hand ID, one pair of floating wings with 3 cells

Blue-eyed Darner Rhionaeschna multicolor - 1 male seen

Aeshna sp - 50 seen, all but one presumed to be Variables. We repeatedly saw pale colored female Aeshnas splashing their thorax into the water, presumably to cool off. We saw none ovipositing.

Common Green Darner - one seen

Whiteface sp. - one seen, appeared to be Crimson-winged.

12-spotted Skimmer - ~12; 1 female collected and scanned: http://southwestdragonflies.net/caphotos/12sptFs05.jpg http://southwestdragonflies.net/caphotos/12sptF05.jpg

8-spotted Skimmer - possibly seen

Striped Meadowhawk Sympetrum pallipes - 1 seen still emerging; 4+ adults seen

We returned via Tennant and at a stop at Lower Antelope Creek we found

Pacific Spiketail - 1 male patrolling

Aeshna sp. - 1

12-spotted Skimmer - 1

We made one last quick stop at Hammond Lagoon outside of Weed to see if the Beaverpond Baskettails we'd seen there just two weeks ago were still out, as it would have been new late flight season data, but we didn't' see any in our 10 mins there at ~ 5:30 pm. We did find

Bluets- numerous

Co Green Darner- 3+

Aeshna sp. - some

Dot-tailed Whiteface* - (finally!) – many [last date reported in 2005]

8-spotted Skimmer Libellula forensis - many

Western Meadowhawk Sympetrum occidentale - 1 male

4-spotted Skimmer – some

 

July 18, 2005

Siskiyou County

Kathy and Dave Biggs

We’d heard from Greg Kareofelas that he and Andy Rehn and Rosser Garrison were heading up to Gumboot Lake on Thurs. so we decided that with the 'big guns' heading that way just 2 days after our planned visit, that our time would be better spent checking out new areas. We didn't' even know that John and David would be there and doing the same too!

So, we drove up and passed by the exit to Gumboot Lake. We did stop at a beautiful little spot a bit further up the road where Gumboot Creek (the outflow from Gumboot Lake) crossed Rd. 26. It is a gorgeous little seep/creek/meadow area full of Darlingtonia and wildflowers. There we saw:

Vivid Dancers - galore!

Dancer sp. - smaller than the Vivids

Black Petaltails - 2 males

Darner sp. - one male patrolling, possibly a Paddle-tailed

From there we continued up Rd 26 to just past the exit for Rd 40N45 where a small pond was formed - about a 30 ft diameter. It had a darner patrolling - possibly a Paddle-tailed. It left the moment Dave took a first swing at it!

------

Trinity County

Then we there we turned around and went down onto Rd 40N45 (gravel at this point) which is just barely over the ridge of the Trinitys and crosses into Trinity County. Along the road were many many seeps, and each one had a few Petaltails in it. We have never seen so many. It actually got to the point where we'd say, 'what was that? Oh, just another petaltail'!! We even saw a 3-some. We assume it was a male in the lead, with a female in tow, and with another male hanging on to her in hopes of getting to mate with her too/instead! We tried to get a photo, but they disengaged just as Dave climbed the hill to where they had perched. We were also able to watch a female solo-ovipositing into a sheet of water that flowed over a rock just before the water tumbled into the drainage ditch alongside the road. She might have been putting her eggs into a tiny bit of vegetation that overhung the large rock, I'm not certain.

There were also many Dancers at the seeps. I caught a smaller one that appeared to be a Calif./Aztec type, but as I was putting him into an envelope, he escaped. We tried to catch another, but mostly we saw Vivids. Then Dave caught a pair in cop, and a quick look showed the split side thoracic stripe so we enveloped them as either Calif./Aztec would be a record for Trinity Co. When we got home and I got around to scanning them yesterday, I was surprised to find that although the side stripe was "Y" shaped, the appendages looked like Argia vivida and there were also the little black triangles alongside the abdomen. The female's markings were quite odd, so I sent the scan to Rosser and to Greg, and they both agreed that this was just an odd looking Vivid pair! I've posted their scan at http://southwestdragonflies.net/damsels/cadamselphotos/viviprcop_unusual.jpg

We continued a mile or so down Rd. 40N45 to where Rd. 39N18 goes off to the left. We found the road that leads to Picayune Lake and parked at the locked gate. The Forest Service's pamphlet which is about the Alpine Lakes of the Trinity Divide lists this lake as being at 6100 ft. (about the same as Gumboot Lake). It says "It is is an easy 1/4 mile walk from the gate to the lake. The land owner has a cabin on the lake and if guests are present at the cabin please pass this lake by." From the road, we'd not only seen the lake, but also a marshy area with ponds above it. It was to the ponds that we went. They were clouded over with

dragonflies!! :-) We found:

Lyre-tipped Spreadwing, Lestes unguiculatus - 2 males collected as the Trinity Co. vouchers. Scans up at http://www.sonic.net/~bigsnest/Pond/Lists/spreadwings.html - LEUN

Emerald Spreadwing, Lestes dryas - 1 female collected http://www.sonic.net/~bigsnest/Pond/Lists/spreadwings.html - LEDY

Spreadwing sp. - 8 others seen and presumed to be Lyre-tipped

Vivid Dancer Argia vivida - many on the streams into/out of the ponds

Northern/Boreal Bluets Enallagma cyathigerum/boreale- numerous, probably Boreals as that is what we've found nearby before

Western Red Damsel Amphiagrion abbreviatum - 1 female collected when sweeping the sedges in hopes of finding Sedge Spites. Her scan is up at http://southwestdragonflies.net/damsels/cadamselphotos/wesredF7_05.jpg

Variable Darner Aeshna interrupta - one female was still on the stalk where she had emerged. I used the net to slip her off the sedge and placed her upon Dave's cap where we took photos, which I hope to post later. We couldn't tell why she hadn't flown off yet - the day was warm and Darners usually emerge during the night.

Black Petaltail Tanypteryx hageni - 1 male landed on my net after I swiped at an Emerald!

Mountain Emerald Somatochlora semicircularis - 1 specimen taken, 7 others IDed in hand http://www.sonic.net/~bigsnest/Pond/dragons/emeralds.html - SOSE

Emerald sp. - 12 more seen - presumed to all be Mt. Emeralds

Crimson-ringed Whiteface Leucorrhinia glacialis - 2 IDed in hand

Hudsonian Whiteface Leucorrhinia hudsonica - 4 IDed in hand

Whiteface sp - 1000+, 90% appeared to be Hudsonians; no Dot-tailed Whitefaces - darn! - they would have been new for Trinity County!

Twelve-spotted Skimmer Libellula pulchella - ~ 3 dozen

Four spotted Skimmer Libellula quadrimaculata - 1 seen at Picayune Lake, but there were people at the cabin, so we left the area.

-------

Siskiyou County

On our return to our McCloud area home, we stopped first at a BEAUTIFUL natural spring along Rd. 26, right where it makes a sharp hairpin turn. Dave took about 30 pics - it was so pretty. There we saw Vivid Dancers, a Black Petaltail and an Emerald sp.

Then we stopped at Gumboot Lake for just a short while at ~6 pm to see how that lake level was. A very quick walk in the brisk wind revealed these species:

Emerald sp - a few (not ringed)

Spreadwing sp - a few

No/Bo Bluets - some

Vivid Dancers - some

Co. Green Darner - a few

Black Petaltail - a male who tried to land in my hair, on my shoulder, etc. Wonder if it was this species that started that old folklore that dragonflies would get tangled in your hair!!??!!

Crimson-ringed Whiteface -a few

12-spotted Skimmer - a few

4-spotted Skimmer - a few

We were thinking of stopping at the Cliff Lakes, but didn't have time, so were really glad to hear what David and Ed saw there!

 

July 14, 2005

Siskiyou County

Dave Payne

I did a short float on the Klamath River west of Happy Camp. I did notice some nice odes. I did not keep numbers. We saw:

American rubyspot - male & females

River jewelwing - male & females

northern bluet - few males

Emma's Dancers - many couples ovipositing

flame skimmer - several males

eight spot skimmer - one male

widow skimmer - several males

Western River cruiser - one male patrolling

Sinuous snaketail - males patrolling

Blue Dasher - males patrolling

 

July 10, 2005

Sonoma County

Pine Flat Rd.

I had at least one and I think quite a few more California Spreadwings Archilestes californicus at the pond at mile marker 10, one of which I got photos of. I guess this is a young male, as it's eyes aren't blue yet.

I also had the same Gray Sanddragon Paul had earlier in the week. The thing almost landed on my foot. I had to backup to photograph it.

No Hoary Skimmers for me this day. No petaltails.

New photos are at the following:

http://www.ericwpreston.com/CaliforniaSpreadwing_1.html

http://www.ericwpreston.com/EmmasDancer_1.html

http://www.ericwpreston.com/GraySanddragon_2.html

 

July 9, 2005

Siskiyou County

Ray Bruun

Castle Lake – East of Mt. Shasta City

American Emeralds – many, photographs taken [note, none were apparent, nor their exuviae on June 28 – kb]

-------

Lassen County

John Hall/David Edwards

Cooper Swamp

We spent from 9am to noon here. It was totally cloudy until 10am when it slowly cleared. The Whitefaces began flying shortly after 10am. Many were clustered on logs and rocks. On one log alone we counted over 20. The most numerous insect at the swamp was the mosquito!

Emerald Spreadwing 30

Western Red Damsel 1

Taiga Bluet 80

Boreal/Northern Bluet 3

Western Forktail 1

Sedge Sprite* 4 [last date reported 2005]

Crimson-ringed Whiteface 150 (1 in hand)

Hudsonian Whiteface 25

Whiteface, sp 200

Four-spotted Skimmer 3

--

Silver Lake and adjacent pond

We looked for dragonflies between 12:15pm and 1:30pm. Mostly cloudy and breezy.

Emerald Spreadwing 1

Taiga Bluet* 8 [last date reported 2005]

Boreal/Northern Bluet 5

Mountain Emerald 1

Emerald, sp 1 presumably Mountain by flight profile

Crimson-ringed Whiteface 10

Hudsonian Whiteface 10

Whiteface, sp 10

Four-spotted Skimmer 8

--

Shasta County

Cow Creek and Highway 44

We walked upstream from the bridge from 3:25 pm to 4:38 pm. Sunny and warm.

American Rubyspot 5

California Dancer 1

California/Aztec Dancer 4

Emma's Dancer 5

Sooty Dancer 100

Tule Bluet 3

White-belted Ringtail 1

Sinuous Snaketail 1

Gray Sanddragon 8

Pale-faced Clubskimmer 3

Western Pondhawk 3

Widow Skimmer 7

Flame Skimmer 4

Common Whitetail 2

Variegated Meadowhawk 3

Black Saddlebags 2

-------

Humboldt County

Bruce Deuel

Aldergrove Marsh north of Arcata

I caught, in flight (very proud of that!), a beautiful male *Paddle-tailed Darner (Aeshna palmata)

 

July 8, 2005

Lassen County

John Hall/ David Edwards

After a night in Susanville we headed up to Blue Lake in the South Warner Mountains. We arrived at 9:40 am and left at 11:35 am. The short time there was rewarded with our first Spiny Baskettail. At 10 am it landed on the front of a sleeve of my tee shirt. Fortunately it did not land on my back. It spent a few minutes there. Unfortunately my camera was over the same arm and was unavailable for picture taking. But we did try. There was probably much more to see but we wanted to get to Ash Creek.

Blue Lake

Western Red Damsel 6

Vivid Dancer 5

Boreal/Northern Bluet 20

Pacific Forktail 20

Western Forktail 35

Mosaic Darner, sp 4

California Darner 3

Pacific Clubtail 2

Spiny Baskettail* ** 1 [last date reported in 2005, new late flight data]

Hudsonian Whiteface 3

Dot-tailed Whiteface 2

Four-spotted Skimmer 20

---

Modoc County

Intersection Blue lake Road and Jess Valley Road

We made a lunch stop where the South Fork of the Pit River passes under Blue lake Road near the intersection of Jess Valley Road. There is easy parking at this site. We spent just over an hour here.

Vivid Dancer 5

Tule Bluet 30

Pacific Forktail 3

Western Forktail 15

California Darner 4

Great Basin Snaketail Ophiogomphus morrisoni * 5 (county record- photographed) [last date reported in 2005]

Eight-spotted Skimmer 12

Four-spotted Skimmer 2

Common Whitetail 5

Variegated Meadowhawk 2

Western Meadowhawk 1

--

Lassen County

Ash Valley Road where it crosses Ash Creek

Sightings here were hampered by very windy conditions. Thirty minutes here produced the following:

California Dancer 1 (in hand)

Tule Bluet 40 (1 in hand)

Boreal/Northern Bluet 15

Western Forktail 5

Common Green Darner 1

Pacific Clubtail 2

Western Pondhawk 4

Eight-spotted Skimmer 20

Flame Skimmer 15

Variegated Meadowhawk 3

Western Meadowhawk 1

--

Ash Creek Campground

We walked both upstream and downstream here between 3 pm and 4: 40 pm.

River Jewelwing 3

American Rubyspot 40

Pond Spreadwing, sp 1

Emma's Dancer 30

Vivid Dancer 80

Tule Bluet 20

Boreal/Northern Bluet 20

Pacific Forktail 1

Western Forktail 30

California Darner 1

Pacific Clubtail 3

Grappletail 45

Great Basin Snaketail 7

Eight-spotted Skimmer 15

Four-spotted Skimmer 2

Common Whitetail 5

Variegated Meadowhawk 1

Western Meadowhawk 1

 

July 7, 2005

Plumas County

John Hall/ David Edwards

Willow Lake

The Mountain Emerald was a surprise. We saw two Emeralds on the ground in what appeared to be a struggle. They were locked at the heads. We noticed one had the appendages of a Mountain Emerald. We captured it to take photos and by accident it became a specimen. We arrived just before 10:30 am and left at 2:45 pm. We spent the first part of this time at the outlet of Willow Lake. We then spent time walking out over the sphagnum bog.

Emerald Spreadwing 1

Western Red Damsel 15

Vivid Dancer 4

Taiga Bluet 15

Boreal Bluet 1 (in hand)

Northern Bluet 2 (in hand)

Boreal/Northern Bluet 7

Pacific Forktail 8

Western Forktail 20

*Sedge Sprite Nehalennia irene 10

*Variable Darner Aeshna interrupta 1

*Mountain Emerald Somatochlora semicircularis 1 (photographed and collected) new county record

Emerald, sp 3

Chalk-fronted Corporal 40

Hudsonian Whiteface 30 (1 in hand)

Dot-tailed Whiteface 25

*Belted Whiteface Leucorrhinia proxima* 2 (1 in hand) [only date reported in 2005]

Twelve-spotted Skimmer 8

Four-spotted Skimmer 80

*White-faced Meadowhawk Sympetrum obtrusum 3

--

Highway 36/ Rock Creek

This location is west of the Plumas /Lassen County Line. Rock Creek passes under Hwy 44 where it forms a pond before passing through a culvert under the railroad tracks. Easy parking is available on the south side. We searched the pond area and along the creek on the north side. Time: 3:30 pm to 4:25 pm.

Emerald Spreadwing 15

Western Red Damsel 2

Vivid Dancer b

Boreal/Northern Bluet 50

Western Forktail 25

Common Green Darner 1

Beaverpond Baskettail* 2 [last date reported in 2005]

Dot-tailed Whiteface 1

Eight-spotted Skimmer 2

Twelve-spotted Skimmer 5

Four-spotted Skimmer 8

Variegated Meadowhawk 1

White-faced Meadowhawk 4

Striped Meadowhawk 1

--

Lassen County

Clear Creek Park

Western Red Damsel 20

Western Forktail 15

White-faced Meadowhawk 20

 

July 5, 2005

Sonoma County

Paul Saraceni

I spent much of the day on July 5 visiting Pine Flat Road and a small stretch of the Russian River in NE Sonoma County.

Species list keyed by location:

"MM4" = roadside seep ~0.2 mi. above MM4.5 on Pine Flat Rd. (there is a gravel parking lot around the bend and just above

the obvious seep) [I believe this is the area referred to by others as "Ferguson Springs"]

"RP" = Rebizzo Ranch pond (viewed from roadside)

"RS" = Rebizzo Ranch roadside seep (~0.1 mi. above pond, across from pullout)

"MM10" = seep and seasonal pond accessed from small lot/dirt track nr. Pine Flat Rd. MM 10.0

"MM9" = creek area just in from road past MM9 (there is a service road with an area to pull off the main road; the creek

passes under Pine Flat Rd. here)

"MM1" = rocky creek below Pine Flat Rd. MM 1.0 (climb down boulder pile to access creek)

"RR" = Russian River access @ Geyserville Bridge (Hwy 128 just E of Geyserville)

American Rubyspot -- MM1 10+, RR 20+

Black Spreadwing -- MM10 4 (incl. tandem pair)

California/Aztec-type Dancer -- MM1 4, RR 10+ (incl. tandem pairs)

Emma's Dancer -- MM1 5+, RR 10+ (incl. tandem pairs)

Sooty Dancer -- MM1 3, RR 2

Vivid Dancer -- MM4 5+, RP 5+, RS 10+, MM10 5+, MM1 2 (incl. tandem pairs)

Boreal Bluet -- MM10 1 m. (in-hand ID)

Northern/Boreal-type Bluet -- RP 5+, MM10 10+, MM9 2, RR 5+

Tule/Arroyo-type bluet -- MM10 5+, RR 2

Familiar Bluet -- MM9 1 m., RR 2 m.

Pacific Forktail -- RR 3 m.

Western Forktail -- MM10 20+ (incl. tandem pairs)

Blue-eyed Darner -- MM4 2, RP 3, MM10 2

Aeshna darner sp. -- MM1 1 m. (flying stretch of rocky creek where I observed Walker's Darner last year, but couldn't confirm)

Bison Snaketail -- MM1 3, RR 5

Gray Sanddragon -- MM10 1 m., MM9 1 m., RR 2 ( I was surprised to observe at the 2 locations on upper Pine Flat Rd.)

Pacific Spiketail -- ~MM6.5 1

Western River Cruiser -- RR 2-3

Variegated Meadowhawk -- MM4 1

Cardinal Meadowhawk -- MM10 4 (incl. tandem pair)

Striped Meadowhawk -- MM10 2

Western Pondhawk -- plantings @ Jimtown Store (!) 1 m.

Blue Dasher -- RP 5+

Common Whitetail -- RP 2 m., MM10 10+ (incl. 1 f.), MM9 1 m.

Eight-spotted Skimmer -- RP 1 m.

Hoary Skimmer -- b/t MM 2.5/3.0 1 m. -- I missed at the traditional site -- MM4 -- despite 2 thorough checks of the area (glad to see that one was observed at this location over the weekend); the one I observed may have been wandering from that location, as it did not stick around the roadside area where I observed it

Twelve-spotted Skimmer -- RP 3 m.

Flame Skimmer -- MM4 2, RP 5+, MM10 10+, MM9 2, MM1 1, RR 2

Red Rock Skimmer -- MM9 1 m., MM1 1 m.

Pale-faced Clubskimmer -- RR 1

Black Saddlebags -- MM4 2, RP 2, MM10 2, MM9 2, RR 1 (incl. tandem pair)

Spot-winged Glider -- MM4 1

Also observed: 2 W. Pond Turtles @ MM9, 3 Aquatic Garter Snakes (MM10, MM9)

 

July 3, 2005

Lassen County

Ray Bruun

I checked out the odes at Bathtub Lake, near Butte Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park. The variety of odes (14 species today) is greater than you would expect from this small 5 or 6-acre lake. [Bathtub Lake, elevation 6047 ft, location: N40.5701° W121.29802°, WGS 84] An asterisk (*) indicates photo taken.

emerald spreadwing* - several

taiga bluet* - one pair in tandem

boreal bluet* - many; most common damsel

pacific forktail* - approx. 10, all adult male

western forktail - many; more female than male

common green darner - several

unknown Aeshna - several; more than common green darner (saw side stripes on an ovipositing female; definitely not variable, probably paddle-tailed or shadow)

unknown emerald - at least two (probably american)

unknown whiteface - at least one; probably several (probably crimson-ringed, male with red on thorax; abdomen completely black)

dot-tailed whiteface* - several

variegated meadowhawk* - one young male

western meadowhawk* - one young female

twelve-spotted skimmer - quite a few

four-spotted skimmer* - many; most common dragonfly

-------

Sonoma County

Alan Wight

Pine Flat Road – saw the following:

Black Spreadwing - 1

Sooty Dancer - 1 male

Vivid Dancer - 1+

Bluet sp. - several

Eight-spotted Skimmer - 1

Common Whitetail - 5+

Hoary Skimmer - 1 male at Ferguson Springs

Twelve-spotted Skimmer - 2+

Flame Skimmer - 4+

Blue Dasher - 2+

Variegated Meadowhawk - 1

Cardinal Meadowhawk - 1+

Striped Meadowhawk - 1

Black Saddlebags - 2+

Darner sp. - 1

Bison Snaketail - 1

Pacific Spiketail - 1

 

July 2 (& 4th), 2005

Siskiyou County

Dave and Kathy Biggs

Old Stage Road ~ 2 miles south of Gazelle, at a 100 yd long pond formed between the road and RR tracks:

Emerald Spreadwing – 6+, one male collected; this is only the 3rd site for this species in the county, and one of the other sites no longer hosts them.

Vivid Dancer – 6+

Boreal Bluet – one male collected

Bluet sp. - many

Pacific Forktail – 2+

Western Forktail – abundant

Common Green Darner – 1M

Western Pondhawk – 2M

Eight-spotted Skimmer - abundant

Flame Skimmer – 1M

Blue Dasher – 4+

Striped Meadowhawk – 6 inc. tandem pairs and a teneral

Western Meadowhawk - 2

There was a lot of milkweed growing alongside the pond and we saw both monarchs and tiger swallowtails there.

--

Creek out of Gazelle, bridge over Willow Ck, Hiway 9:

Grappletail – 1 M

This site also had a Tiger Swallowtail and a Red Admiral.

--

Pond on Rail Creek Rd (into Kangaroo Lake) ~ .5 mi in from Hiway 9 (private pond – viewed from rd.)

Tule Bluet

Western Forktail

Common Green Darner

Blue-eyed Darner

Beaverpond Baskettail

Eight-spotted Skimmer

Common Whitetail

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Cardinal Meadowhawk

---

Lilypad Pond (Rail Creek Rd., just .5 east of Kangaroo Lake):

Western Forktail - some

*American Emerald Cordulia shurtleffi – a mass emergence in progress, photos taken; 1 mature seen flying (green eyes)

Blue-eyed Darner – 2M

--

Kangaroo Lake:

This was our destination, and sort of a bust. There was a nice Darlingtonia seep at the far end of the lake. Seen there were

Vivid Dancer – 2 tenerals

American Emerald – 2 mature males

--

Hammond Ranch Pond – NE of Mt. Shasta City on Old Stage Road:

Tule Bluets

Western Forktails

Blue-eyed Darner

Common Green Darner

Beaverpond Baskettail

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Striped Meadowhawk

--

We returned to Hammond Ranch Pond and put our kayaks in on the 4th of July. We saw all the species above except the Striped Meadowhawk and we added:

Common Spreadwing – many; one male Ided in hand

Spreadwing sp. – may have seen an Emerald Spreadwing, but couldn’t get it in hand

Vivid Dancer – 1f

Northern/Boreal Bluet – thousands; the most we’d seen in at least 5 yrs. One female found dead & we collected her.

Pacific Forktail – a few

Clubtail sp. – probably a Pacific - very dark with yellow markings

Beaverpond Baskettail – many; we were able to watch a female oviposit and took pictures of the strings of eggs she attached to pondweed.

Eight-spotted Skimmer- many

Common Whitetail – a few

Twelve-spotted Skimmer - many

Variegated Meadowhawk – 2

Black Saddlebags – a few

Not a bad day considering our target destination was almost devoid of Odonata!

-------

San Bernardino County

Chris

….at approx. 6:00PM, in our backyard ( Victorville, CA) on tomato support.

A male Flame Skimmer interacted with hummingbird (species unknown), left support 4 times and returned, hummingbird mistook dragonfly for flower, most likely because of extreme reddish-orange color, tried to extract nectar from between wings, dragonfly did not move while this was occurring...WILD, WHAT A SHOW!!

-------

Monterey County

Paul G. Johnson

Arroyo Seco (Creek?), 5 km SW Junipero Serra Peak, at crossing of Arroyo Seco Road. July 02, 2005 lat/long: N 36.14° W 121.46° Elevation: 690 m

Small, sluggish, shady stream. Specimen will be deposited in Essig Museum of Entomology, UC Berkeley. Lat/Long estimated from a map.

Lestes stultus Hagen (Black Spreadwing)

 

 

July 1, 2005

John Hall and David Edwards

For Canada Day, we went to Monte Bello and Skyline Ridge OSPs. Monte Bello pond was witnessing the emergence of Striped Meadowhawks. We also spotted a Red-veined Meadowhawk with a strange appendage.

Santa Clara County

Monte Bello OSP

Seep area along Canyon Trail

Northern Spreadwing 5

Vivid Dancer 20

Swift Forktail 8

Pacific Spiketail 1

Flame Skimmer 1

Cardinal Meadowhawk 7

--

Monte Bello Pond

Northern Spreadwing 10

Tule Bluet 1

Bluet, sp 100

Arroyo Bluet 50

Pacific Forktail 10

Western Forktail 5

Desert Firetail 1

Mosaic Darner, sp 10

Common Green Darner 5

California Darner 1

Blue-eyed Darner 3

Western Pondhawk 2

Eight-spotted Skimmer 20

Flame Skimmer 20

Blue Dasher 25

Cardinal Meadowhawk 15

Red-veined Meadowhawk 2 males, one with head of female attached at end of abdomen

Striped Meadowhawk 15

---

San Mateo County

Skyline Ridge OSP

Alpine Pond

California/Aztec Dancer 20

Vivid Dancer 4

Arroyo Bluet 40

Pacific Forktail 25

Desert Firetail 1

Mosaic Darner, sp 2

Common Green Darner 1

Western Pondhawk 1

Eight-spotted Skimmer 10

Flame Skimmer 15

Blue Dasher 20

Common Whitetail 2

Cardinal Meadowhawk 3

Black Saddlebags 1

--

Horseshoe Lake

California Dancer 1

California/Aztec Dancer 20

Vivid Dancer 1

Boreal Bluet 1

Boreal/Northern Bluet 15

Arroyo Bluet 2

Pacific Forktail 4

Western Forktail 1

Mosaic Darner, sp 2

Common Green Darner 10

California Darner 1

Blue-eyed Darner 2

Pacific Spiketail 1

Western Pondhawk 6

Eight-spotted Skimmer 15

Flame Skimmer 25

Blue Dasher 15

Cardinal Meadowhawk 1

-------

Orange County

Lori Fraser

Anaheim

# I do not know anything about Dragonflies. I can report, however, that 100s of them were all over our yard, front and back, as well as the entire neighborhood. This was noticed around 7:00 am this morning. The Dragonflies appeared to be dying. We called around our city to see if anyone was interested and no one was. Eventually, they 'woke up' and flew away. No one on our block has ever seen this phenomenon before. Very interesting to say the least. Can you explain this behavior? Would it be migration? [Laurie send a picture- the species is Wandering Glider – kb]

 

June 30/July 1

Alameda County

Anthony Fisher

Rifle Range flood control pond, Oakland:

Desert Firetail -2 (new to this location)

Common whitetail -2male, 1female ovipositing (new to this location)

Blue-eyed Darner -4

Common Green Darner -3

Flame Skimmer -5

Cardinal Meadowhawk ~5

Common Spreadwing -many

Arroyo Bluet -many

Western Forktail -lots

Upstream from the pond:

Mosaic Darner -7

Vivid Dancer -many

Pacific Spiketail -1 (or more?)

 

June 2005

 

June 30, 2005

Santa Cruz County

David Edwards and John Hall

We went to see if Waddell Creek might be productive for dragonflies. We hiked up the road from Hwy 1 about 3 miles to the second bridge crossing. Much of the creek is not accessible due to steep banks and fallen timber. This area is part of Big Basin Redwoods State Park. There is no fee at this entry. The picture of the spreadwing was not successful.

Northern Spreadwing Lestes disjunctus 1 (new county record) [sighting only – kb]

Vivid Dancer 75

Boreal/Northern Bluet 1

Exclamation Damsel* 3 [last date reported 2005]

Mosaic Darner, sp 25

Common Green Darner 1

California Darner 9

Blue-eyed Darner 14

Flame Skimmer 1

-------

Siskiyou County

Kathy and Dave Biggs

A few years ago, when Dave and I found Ringed Emeralds and Black Petaltails at Gumboot Lake, we got some pretty good publicity for our favored bugs in the local press. But in our northern 'hometown' of McCloud, folks told us that we weren't the first to find them there after all - that a local guy, named Perry Turner, had made that discovery years and years ago.

Perry is no longer there, and in fact I recently heard from his college days professor at Cal Berkeley, that the FBI is looking for Perry for stealing dragonfly specimens from museum collections and crossing state lines with them! I hope all his specimens and wisdom come to some good someday, but I fear I'll never meet him.

However, it turns out that the man who advised Perry about places to look for these rare beauties is the same guy what Dave and I hired to burn our piles of manzanita on our cabin site.

So, I asked him to show us some of these spots on the FS maps of the area, and then Dave and I took off in pursuit!

The outcome was that one site had gone dry, but we found another site with great potential for the Petaltail -however the only Odes flying were two 12-spots. Perhaps it was too early at that elevation?? But if anyone else has time (and 4 WD??), here are the coordinates:

N 41-10-.75' W 121 48 225' Elev. 4870

This was on Sierra Pacific Tree Farm land off of FS road 39N05 (off hiway 89) at approx., 4.5 MI. - near Dead Horse Summit and we think near Moosehead Creek. It was a gorgeous hillside seep. I hope to post pictures of it on the CalOdes site later.

If you get there, let us know!

 

June 28-29, 2005

Lassen County

Tim Manolis

I spent the last two days doing some field work in Lassen County. Some of the highlights were--

River Jewelwing Calopteryx aequabilis --- a handful were along Ash Creek at the Ash Creek Campground on 29 June. This is a great spot for odonates, especially gomphids -- hordes of Grappletails and *Great Basin Snaketails Ophiogomphus morrisoni , many Pacific Clubtails -- that is easily reached by taking the Ash Valley Road east from Adin, Modoc County, towards Madeline, Lassen County. About 8-9 mile from Adin there is a turnoff to the campground. Ash Creek flows NE from the campground and eventually passes through Adin on its way to the Ash Creek Wildlife Area and the Pit River. This is a new location for the jewelwing in Lassen County, though I have been expecting to find it somewhere in the Pit River drainage in the county as it occurs along the Pit both downstream in Shasta and upstream in Modoc. Previous records for jewelwings in Lassen are from the Susan River drainage at and near Susanville.

*Lyre-tipped Spreadwing Lestes unguiculatus -- a teneral male collected along Ash Creek along the Ash Valley Road just east of the eastern edge of Ash Valley itself. A new location for the species in the county. There are only a handful of prior records, but they are fairly widespread and it is probably found throughout the county in small numbers, as is the case in NE California in general. [this is the earliest this species has been reported since at least 1998 when I began tracking dates – kb]

*Spiny Baskettail Epitheca spinigera -- 4-5 were seen, one collected, along the shore of Blue Lake in the south Warner Mts. Except for some nearly 100-year-old specimens from Donner Lake, this is only known location for the species in the state. The species was first found here in 1999, based on large numbers of exuviae I found around the edge of the lake in late June. In 2001, I observed a massive emergence at the north end of the lake in early June. I know of no reports there since 2001, and a big forest fire that burned through the area around the lake a 2-3 years ago had me concerned that the species might have been adversely affected by possible changes to the lake, e.g. increased sedimentation due to soil erosion and runoff, possible changes in lake chemistry, etc. Dave Edwards and John Hall visited the lake on 14 June of this year and did not see the species nor report exuviae around the lake shore, but their visit was somewhat hampered by cloud cover -- I've been there done that too many times in the mountains so can sympathize. Anyway, I visited the area at midday on 29 June and fortunately had very nice weather. However, there were no sign of exuviae or baskettails around the north end of the lake, where I had seen them before. I was about ready to give up when I spotted a baskettail overhead at the entrance to the campground, a T in the road where it crosses the creek, with a large kiosk-sign, along the east side of the lake. I followed the flight of the critter down a trail marked for handicap access that runs along the north side of the creek as it enters the lake in a nice boggy, marshy area, and found a few more along this trail, one netted. A check of the lakeshore in this area revealed a few exuviae, but no signs of a huge mass emergence. The individual netted was not fully mature -- brown eyes instead of bright green -- but was not a fresh teneral, either. It is possible emergence began in the interval between Dave and John's mid-June visit and mine. And perhaps a larger emergence can be expected to follow. In any event, it is nice to know they can still be seen at one spot in California -- I encourage folks to find some other spots in the state where Spiny Baskettail can be seen, as this is a long ways to go for iffy results.

Cherry-faced Meadowhawk Sympetrum internum -- On the same mid-June visit, Dave and John reported about 10 immature S. internum at Willow Creek Wildlife Area, along Hwy 139 between Susanville and Eagle Lake. On 29 June I found clouds of 100s of these at this site. I had hopes they might have 'colored-up' in the interim, but only some of the males were starting to show red, and none were in full 'bloom.' This species has been recorded rather widely in the Sierras and NE California, but is only really known from a few sites in the state. Willow Creek is the only Lassen County site of which I am aware, but they have been seen here in large numbers on a number of occasions going back to the 1970s. No doubt they occur elsewhere in the county. The Modoc National Wildlife Refuge in Modoc County is another good spot for them.

Anyway, those were the highlights. Wish I could get up in that area more often and for longer visits.

 

June 26, 2005

San Benito County

Steve Rovell

Finally ditched domestic chores and got in some odeing today. I visited East Pinnacles, the San Benito River 5-6 miles downstream (north) of Hernandez Reservoir, one short stop near the San Benito County Fairgrounds along Hwy 25 and finally another short stop at Anzar Pond along Anzar Road which is to the north of Highway 101 between Highways 156 and 129. List is below. Pictures are posted at:

http://homepage.mac.com/tapaculo/PhotoAlbum7.html

East Pinnacles:

Blue-eyed Darner, 1

Flame Skimmer, 4

Pacific Spiketail, 3

San Benito River:

American Rubyspot, 20+

CA/Aztec Dancer, 5-10

Vivid Dancer, 8

Northern/Boreal Bluet, 5-10

Black-fronted Forktail, at least 3

Desert Firetail, 4

Bison Snaketail, Ophiogomphus bison 6 photo taken

White-belted Ringtail, 8-10

Blue Dasher, 1

Flame Skimmer, many

near Fairgrounds:

Black-fronted Forktail, 1

Blue-eyed Darner, 2

Flame Skimmer, 3

Anzar Pond:

Blue-eyed Darner, 1

Blue Dasher, 1

 

June 26, 2005

Stanislaus County

Doug Aguillard

I started to head back home to SoCal, and stopped at Del Puerto Canyon once more and went directly to Milepost 18 and stated looking. the weather was great, and I found Sooty Dancers, Vivid Dancers, American Rubyspots, Flame Skimmers, Red Rock Skimmers, and then, as I was about to leave, a single Grappletail was suddenly sitting in front of me, and I almost missed it.

 

June 25, 2005

Shasta County

Koen G. H. Breedveld

After my sighting of the alleged petaltail in the Pit River earlier this week I had to go back and I did this morning. This morning I set out to collect petaltail adults and larvae, hopefully some gomphids (Stylurus spp possibly) and whatever else would be flying.

Unfortunately I did not plan for a whole lot of time and the time I allotted myself was in the morning. Turns out the few odonates were out and for sure no sign of the petaltails. So I tossed the net down in search of larvae...after digging and exposing some of the tiny burrows in the mud and moss I found my first petaltail larva. I collected three larvae. I was stoked!!! ! [this updates the Black Petaltail Tanypteryx hageni record to a larvae record – and their larva found in that habitat are unmistakable – kb]

-------

Sonoma County

Doug Aguillard

I checked out Pine Flats Rd, and could only find Vivid Dancers, Common Whitetails, Cardinal Meadowhawks, and Flame Skimmers at the pond near mile marker 10 as the weather was cloudy and cold.

-----

Mendocino County

Anthony Fisher

Orr Creek: Saw a Pacific Spiketail that had recently emerged, hanging from a little stick in the sedges. The mud-caked shell of his former self lay below. I picked up the stick and sat with the animal for an hour in the sun while he dripped dry. A swarm of tiny flies were landing the dragonfly, perhaps lapping some nutritive residues from his cuticle(?). I shooed them away. He eventually flew off in that glistening teneral way. I later saw a Grappletail a little further downstream.

A pond off 3rd Gate Road: I wandered away from the wedding party to check out the pond. Western Pondhawks, Eight-spotted Skimmers, Flame Skimmers, Vivid Dancers, Pacific Forktails, Western Forktails and a few unidentified others (I thought I might distract from the festivities by wildly waving my net in an effort to make positive ids) were in attendance. One 8-spot was laying motionless in the water. I towed it in with a piece of grass (real grass!) and found it to be barely alive. So I carried it around for the rest of the afternoon hoping it would revive. No luck...but a perfect specimen!

 

June 24, 2005

Butte County

David Edwards & John Hall

Upper Bidwell Park, Yahi Trail

American Rubyspot (25)

*California Spreadwing Archilestes californica (1)

California/Aztec Dancer (6)

Emma's Dancer (120)

Sooty Dancer (30)

Vivid Dancer (10)

Bison Snaketail (15)

Western River Cruiser (2)

*Neon Skimmer L. croceipennis (1)

Twelve-spotted Skimmer (1)

Flame Skimmer (7)

Red Rock Skimmer (3)

Butte Creek Ecological Reserve, Honey Run Unit

American Rubyspot (1)

California Aztec Dancer (2)

Emma's Dancer (5)

Boreal/Northern Bluet (2)

Pacific Forktail (1)

Bison Snaketail (1)

Western Pondhawk (2)

Twelve-spotted Skimmer (3)

Pond and seep along Willow Spring Rd - Accessed a short distance along Centerville Rd after Honey Run Rd.

California/Aztec Dancer (3)

Vivid Dancer (1)

 

June 25, 2005

Shasta County

Koen G. H. Breedveld

After my sighting of the alleged petaltail in the Pit River earlier this week I had to go back and I did this morning.  This morning I set out to collect petaltail adults and larvae, hopefully some gomphids (Stylurus spp possibly) and whatever else would be flying. 

Unfortunately I did not plan for a whole lot of time and the time I allotted myself was in the morning.  Turns out the few odonates were out and for sure no sign of the petaltails.  So I tossed the net down in search of larvae...after digging and exposing some of the tiny burrows in the mud and moss I found my first petaltail larva.  I collected three larvae.  I was stoked!!! ! [this updates the Black Petaltail Tanypteryx hageni record to a larvae record – and their larva found in that habitat are unmistakable – kb]

-------

Sonoma County

Doug Aguillard

I checked out Pine Flats Rd, and could only find Vivid Dancers, Common Whitetails, Cardinal Meadowhawks, and Flame Skimmers at the pond near mile marker 10 as the weather was cloudy and cold.

-----

Mendocino County

Anthony Fisher

Orr Creek: Saw a Pacific Spiketail that had recently emerged, hanging from a little stick in the sedges. The mud-caked shell of his former self lay below. I picked up the stick and sat with the animal for an hour in the sun while he dripped dry. A swarm of tiny flies were landing the dragonfly, perhaps lapping some nutritive residues from his cuticle(?). I shooed them away. He eventually flew off in that glistening teneral way. I later saw a Grappletail a little further downstream.

A pond off 3rd Gate Road: I wandered away from the wedding party to check out the pond. Western Pondhawks, Eight-spotted Skimmers, Flame Skimmers, Vivid Dancers, Pacific Forktails, Western Forktails and a few unidentified others (I thought I might distract from the festivities by wildly waving my net in an effort to make positive ids) were in attendance. One 8-spot was laying motionless in the water. I towed it in with a piece of grass (real grass!) and found it to be barely alive. So I carried it around for the rest of the afternoon hoping it would revive. No luck...but a perfect specimen!

 

June 24, 2005

Butte County

David Edwards & John Hall

Upper Bidwell Park, Yahi Trail

American Rubyspot (25)

*California Spreadwing Archilestes californica (1)

California/Aztec Dancer (6)

Emma's Dancer (120)

Sooty Dancer (30)

Vivid Dancer (10)

Bison Snaketail (15)

Western River Cruiser (2)

*Neon Skimmer L. croceipennis (1)

Twelve-spotted Skimmer (1)

Flame Skimmer (7)

Red Rock Skimmer (3)

Butte Creek Ecological Reserve, Honey Run Unit

American Rubyspot (1)

California Aztec Dancer (2)

Emma's Dancer (5)

Boreal/Northern Bluet (2)

Pacific Forktail (1)

Bison Snaketail (1)

Western Pondhawk (2)

Twelve-spotted Skimmer (3)

Pond and seep along Willow Spring Rd - Accessed a short distance along Centerville Rd after Honey Run Rd.

California/Aztec Dancer (3)

Vivid Dancer (1)

Black-fronted Forktail (9)

Western Forktail (1)

Desert Firetail (11)

Common Green Darner (1)

Comanche Skimmer (1)

Twelve-spotted Skimmer (4)

Flame Skimmer (5)

Blue Dasher (1)

Common Whitetail (4)

Black Saddlebags (1)

Butte Creek east of Durham

American Rubyspot (6)

Pond Spreadwing, sp (1)

Emma's Dancer (6)

*Gray Sanddragon Progomphus borealis (1)

Spot-winged Glider (5)

Black Saddlebags (1)

-------

Sierra County

Doug Aguillard and Bruce Webb

Hwy 49 near Bassetts

Four-spotted Skimmer along the road where a waterfall was coming off of the hills near a large turnout south of Bassett's.

-------

Placer County

Doug Aguillard

 Featherhill Rd:

Black Saddlebags, Blue-eyed Darner, and a cooperative Pacific Clubtail. I returned to Sculpture Park and found a

female Blue Dasher, and a Twelve-spotted Skimmer.

 

June 23, 2005

Butte County

David Edwards & John Hall

Cherry Hill Campground

Large sloping bog near campground  accessed easily from where Humboldt Rd. crosses Butte Creek

Western Red Damsel (10)

Vivid Dancer (20)

Black Petaltail (3)

Hoary Skimmer (1)

Snag Lake, marshy east end

Boreal Northern Bluet (5)

Common Green Darner (1)

Twelve-spotted Skimmer (15)

Small pond north side of Humbug Road past Snag Lake near crest of road before it descends to Butte Creek House

*Taiga Bluet Coenagrion resolutum (3) one in-hand

Boreal/Northern Bluet (7)

Mosaic Darner, sp (1) probably Blue-eyed

Common Green Darner (1)

Twelve-spotted Skimmer (15)

Butte Creek House

Lots of snow on ridge beyond meadow and some patchy snow in woods near meadow

Vivid Dancer (1)

Taiga Bluet (6)

Western Forktail (2)

Whiteface, sp (3) juvenile/teneral

Twelve-spotted Skimmer (10)

Four-spotted Skimmer (5)

Cardinal Meadowhawk (1)

-------

Plumas County

Doug Aguillard

Graeagle, …near a stream was Western Red Damsels, and Western Forktails.

Lassen County

In the afternoon, we were along the 395 … and could find nothing but Vivid Dancers.

-------

Tehama County

Ray Bruun

Wilson Lake

*Leucorrhinia  julia Chalk-fronted Corporal (photos taken of a male and a young female)

Leucorrhinia intacta  Dot-tailed Whiteface (photos taken of a female)

 

June 22, 2005

Sierra County

Doug Aguillard

… a field along Calpine Rd, where I saw Tule Bluets, and a  female Striped Meadowhawk. We then walked up a mountain towards a fire lookout (still near Calpine), and I had several Eight-spotted Skimmers, and my first Red-veined Meadowhawk. It was then off to Carman Valley, where we found some alpine meadows, and I had a Dot-tailed Whiteface. We later found some ponds and had the following: Common Green Darners, Blue-eyed Darners, Eight-spotted Skimmers, Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata (sighting only), Common Whitetails, several Beaverpond Baskettails Epitheca canis (photo voucher), Red-veined Meadowhawk, Western Forktails, & Western Red Damsels.

 

June 21, 2005

Shasta County

Koen G. H. Breedveld

I was out again in the Pit River today, near Big Bend and may have run into a Black Petaltail Tanypteryx hageni .  I took a lunch break at a very pretty spring/seepage area, lots of moss, wild rhubarb, and monkey flowers.  The usual Jewelwings, Rubyspots, Libellula pulchella, and Gomphus kurilis were out, but one was different:  I got a good look at one individual:  the pterostigma was LONG, the eyes were grey/brown; not blue as in the Pacific Spiketail, and the abdomen had small yellow spots (did not get a good look at the thorax).  Overall size appeared smaller than the Pacific Spiketail and Western River Cruiser specimens in my collection.  I debated if I should post this message, given that it was a sighting only (no photo) and there are apparently no records of Black Petaltails in Shasta County.  I guess I just have to go back and collect a specimen from the area.  [this will count for a sighting only record until a specimen is caught – kb]

-------

Sierra County

Doug Aguillard

I had a California Darner Rhionaeschna californica (photo voucher) south of Loyalton. There was also many Vivid Dancers at all elevations visited. It was finally at a small stream east of Loyalton up in the higher elevations that I had several Eight-spotted Skimmers, Western Red Damsels and Northern/Boreal type Bluets, and a Pacific Forktail.

 

June 20, 2005

Sierra County

Doug Aguillard

1 green female darner in some bushes, that I am assuming was a Blue-eyed Darner along the Yuba River west of Downieville.

 

June 19, 2005

Shasta County

Ray Bruun

Battle Creek Wildlife Area -

I spent a few hours photographing odes at Battle Creek Wildlife Area in south-central Shasta County. It was the first time using a new technique (for me) called cross-polarization. Simply put, it means placing a polarizing film in front of the flash and a polarizing filter on the lens. The lines of polarization on the film and the filter are oriented 90 degrees to each other. The result is an almost complete lack of glare on the subject. No diffuser element is used, just the two polarizing elements.

Photos at http://bruunphotography.com/ode_locations/btlcrkwa_061905.html

American Rubyspot

Black-fronted Forktail

Sinuous Snaketail

Western Pondhawk

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Flame Skimmer

Blue Dasher

Variegated Meadowhawk

Western Meadowhawk

-------

Placer County

Doug Aguillard

Sculpture Park in Roseville - I had sunny conditions, but no real luck on anything that I was chasing. I had many American Rubyspots, Vivid Dancers, Emma's Dancers, California Dancers, and one *Pale-faced Clubskimmer Brechmorhoga mendax.

 

June 15, 2004

Stanislaus County

Doug Aguillard

Del Puerto Canyon - The weather was cloud cover, and at Milepost 18, I found several Sooty Dancers, American Rubyspots, Vivid Dancers, and Emma's Dancers.

-------

Siskiyou County

Kathy and Dave Biggs

Dave and I were delighted to find some new, wonderful habitat in the McCloud area of Siskiyou Co. We sort of stumbled across it, but it is an alkali spring adjacent to a fresh, fast moving creek, with a bog type pond formed between the two waterways. I'll post some pictures of the site in a CalOdes photos folder.

The location is Soda Springs, on Squaw Valley Rd., 1 mile South of the Golf Course, which is 1 mile South of the town of McCloud (Hwy 89).

Species seen:

Vivid Dancers - some

Bluet sp. - some, appeared to be Boreal &/or Northern, but we will go back with a net next visit.

Tule Bluet - a few

Western Forktail - many

Western Red Damsel - a few

Common Green Darner - a few

Blue-eyed Darner - a few

Common Whitetail - many

Twelve-spotted Skimmer - common

Four-spotted Skimmer - common

Cardinal Meadowhawk - some

Black Saddlebags - some

I kept telling Dave that this habitat looked perfect for Hoary Skimmers and I couldn't image why there weren't any. Keep reading, the joke was on me!

From there we continued south on Squaw Valley Rd. and stopped ~1 mile further down the road at Cooley Ranch Rd. Although the only dragonflies seen were Vivid Dancers and No/Bo Bluets, we did scare a black bear out of the creek!

Another mile south is Friday's Fly Fishing Ranch. This has always been productive for us and the owners are cooperative if you stop and ask permission to look for dragonflies on their multiple ponds. Although the 'main' pond by the entrance was being temporarily drained for cleaning, we still had a productive stop. We saw all of the above listed species except the Western Red Damsels, and we also saw -

Beaverpond Baskettail - some (presumed this species as we have netted it here before)

Pacific Clubtail - one male

Western Pondhawk - a few

Widow Skimmer - one male

Flame Skimmer - one male

*Hoary Skimmer Libellula nodisticta  - several males and females!! This was a surprise to us, as we have stopped here for several years now, and never noted them before. They were near a boggy area by Squaw Valley Rd. and, of course, this was the only area we didn't carry our camera into! They were quite cooperative, letting us get within inches of them before they flew off! Interestingly, the spots at the nodus were quite large on each of the ones we observed, maybe twice the size of the spots on the ones we've seen here in Sonoma Co (the pix in both my books) - the Sonoma County Hoary's had spots at the nodus that were twice the size of those found on the DSA Post-trip in the Bishop area at Antelope Springs.

Missing were the Dot-tailed Whiteface - perhaps too early, perhaps the pond draining has affected them?

AND, as an  'also seen' - a pair of Sandhill Cranes flew in synch over our heads and into a nearby meadow. The owners of Friday's told us they'd been seen quite a bit this Spring. This may be a new site for them in Siskiyou Co.... my brother, Bob Claypole, wasn't' certain however and will check on it.

-------

Lassen County

John Hall and David Edwards

Willow Creek Wildlife Area - (Route 139 approximately 15 miles north of Susanville. There is a parking area and kiosk on the east side of the highway.)

Emerald Spreadwing (2)

Western Red Damsel (2)

River Bluet (5) one in-hand

Tule Bluet (10)

Northern Bluet (1) in-hand

Boreal/Northern Bluet (5)

Bluet, sp (20)

Pacific Forktail (20)

Western Forktail (10)

Mosaic Darner, sp (5)

California Darner (10)

Blue-eyed Darner (3)

Eight-spotted Skimmer (10)

Variegated Meadowhawk (1)

** *Cherry-faced Meadowhawk  Sympetrum internum (10) all females or juveniles [new early flight data by 2 wks –kb]

Cooper Swamp - There is still some snow on the ground around the swamp but dragonfly  activity was present. We observed a large emergence of Four-spotted

Skimmers.

Western Red Damsel (1)

Boreal/Northern Bluet (1)

Common Green Darner (1)

*Hudsonian Whiteface Leucorrhinia hudsonica (5) all juvenile or female,1 male in-hand

Dot-tailed Whiteface (2) juvenile or female, probably more

*Crimson-ringed Whiteface  Leucorrhinia glacialis(4) 1 adult male

Whiteface, sp (20) juvenile or females

Four-spotted Skimmer (100) many emerging

-------

Shasta County

Bruce Deuel

Turtle Bay West in Redding:

Enallagma sp., 1 the only damsel seen

Common Green Darner, Anax junius 3

Common Pondhawk, Erythemis collocata 2

Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis) 1

Widow Skimmers (Libellula luctuosa) 10

Twelve-spotted Skimmers (Libellula pulchella) 6

Flame Skimmers (Libellula saturata) 2

Blue Dashers (Pachydiplax longipennis) 8-10

Common Whitetails (Plathemis lydia) 12

Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata) 4

 

June 14, 2005

Colusa County

Kathy and Dave Biggs

Dave and I stopped at Bear Creek at the intersection of Bear Creek &

Hiway 20 from 11-11:30 while en route further north. The temperature was 85.

The good news is that the Giants were out; but the Sanddragon & Ringtails weren't seen:

American Rubyspot - many

Dancer sp. - most likely CA Dancer - many

Vivid Dancer - some

Sooty Dancer - some

Familiar Bluet - some

Western Forktail - one male

Blue-eyed Darner - 1

Giant Darner - 2-3

Clubtail sp. - 6 on road, probably Pacific Clubtails

Western River Cruiser - 2+

Flame Skimmer - many

Widow Skimmer - 1 male

Meadowhawk sp. - 1 pale colored, probably Variegated

Meadowhawk sp. - 1 Cardinal/Red-veined

Black Saddlebags – 1

-------

Modoc County

John Hall and David Edwards

Sand Creek (take Co Road 18 north from Route 299 east of Cedarville. This gravel road is just before 299 curves to the left. Sand Creek at this time was flowing across the road.)

Western Red Damsel (1)

Vivid Dancer (7)

Boreal/Northern Bluet (1)

Pacific Forktail (1)

Western Forktail (40)

California Darner (2)

*Pale Snaketail  Ophiogomphus severus*  (1) [only date reported in 2005]

Modoc National Wildlife Refuge at Alturas

Emerald Spreadwing (1)

Tule Bluet (5)

Boreal/Northern Bluet (20)

Pacific Forktail (5)

Western Forktail (10)

Common Green Darner (10)

California Darner (15)

Blue-eyed Darner (2)

Beaverpond Baskettail (1) presumed

Eight-spotted Skimmer (30)

Four-spotted Skimmer (1)

Common Whitetail (4)

Variegated Meadowhawk (20)

-------

Lassen County

David Edwards and John Hall

Blue Lake

Our observations were hindered by cloud cover. We observed no exuvia on the emergent vegetation.

Western Red Damsel (3)

Vivid Dancer (4)

Boreal/Northern Bluet (20)

Pacific Forktail (30)

Western Forktail (20)

Eight-spotted Skimmer (1)

-------

Sonoma County

Brock Dolman, Michael Ellis, Kendall Dunnigan and Jim Coleman

OAEC’s seasonal ponds (Ocean Song, Coleman Valley Rd out of Occidental)

…We went out to one of our seasonal ponds with nets, binos, and  ID books to geek out on Odonata! See the sighting list below.

Here is the list of observed species …. without a lot of field time or collection effort:

Northern Bluet

Western Forktail

Black Spreadwing

Common Green Darner

Blue-eyed Darner

Cardinal Meadowhawk

Blue Dasher

Eight-spotted Skimmer

Widow Skimmer

Flame Skimmer

Black Saddlebags

-------

Shasta County

Koen G. H. Breedveld

Finally, after a long spell of cold weather and rain the Pit River between Fall River Mills and Big Bend is down to the usual discharge. I had a chance to get into the canyon for work this week and the odonates are out.

Found many Calopteryx aequabilis and Hetaerina americana and some Sympetrum illotum, Libellula pulchella, and Gomphus kurilis.  There were other dragonflies and a ton of the smaller blue damselflies, that I could not ID in flight.

 

June 13, 2005

Modoc County

David Edwards & John Hall

Canby Bridge over Pit River west of Canby to USGS Pit River measurement station along Route 299

American Rubyspot Hetaerina americana  (2) – upgrades from sighting to photo record

Emma's Dancer (1)

Vivid Dancer (1)

Bluet, sp (1)

Western Forktail (1)

California Darner (1)

Pacific Clubtail (1)

Crowder Flat Road near Willow Creek Ranch - Small pond at MP 21.5

Emerald Spreadwing (20)

Boreal/Northern Bluet (3)

Western Forktail (50)

Common Green Darner (1)

Dot-tailed Whiteface (3)

Eight-spotted Skimmer (1)

Twelve-spotted Skimmer (2)

Four-spotted Skimmer (4)

Variegated Meadowhawk (2)

Willow Creek Ford on Crowder Flat Road near Willow Creek Ranch

Western Red Damsel (4)

Boreal Bluet (1) in-hand

Northern Bluet (1) in-hand

Boreal/Northern Bluet (30)

Pacific Forktail (10)

Western Forktail (100)

Common Green Darner (5)

California Darner (2)

Snaketail, sp (1)

Beaverpond Baskettail (70) presumably/appendages on one examined

Western Pondhawk (2)

Dot-tailed Whiteface (10) 7 adult males

Whiteface, sp (40) probably Dot-tailed as well

Eight-spotted Skimmer (10)

Four-spotted Skimmer (15)

Spot-winged Glider (1) in-hand

Common Whitetail (3)

Variegated Meadowhawk (1)

 

June 11, 2004

Sonoma County

Kathy and Dave Biggs, Michael Ellis & the Footloose Forays group

At Spring Lake in Santa Rosa (we had a catch and release permit):

Black Spreadwing – one male in hand

Bluet sp. – a few seen

Pacific Forktail – in hand

Blue-eyed Darner – in hand

Common Green Darner – some seen

Western Pondhawk – one male seen well

Eight-spotted Skimmer – in hand, many seen

Widow Skimmer – in hand, many seen

Common Whitetail – some

Flame Skimmer – in hand, many seen

Blue Dasher – in hand, many seen

Cardinal Meadowhawk – a few seen

Black Saddlebags – a few

 

June 10, 2004

Contra Costa County

Kathy and Dave Biggs, & the Tilden Regional Parks Workshop group:

At the Wagner Ranch School’s Natural Area’s pond:

Pacific Forktail – in hand

Blue-eyed Darner – in hand, wrongly emerged, couldn’t fly. We performed ‘dragonfly surgery,’ removing the damaged wing, and it flew off 15 sec. later!

Cardinal Meadowhawk – a few seen

Flame Skimmer –one seen

Blue Dasher – some seen

--------

Alameda County

John Hall/ David Edwards

Alameda Creek, Sunol Regional Wilderness

David and I waded the stream above the vehicular bridge and below the visitors' center on Friday, June 10, 2005. Activity was quite high.

American Rubyspot 20                   

California Dancer 2                   

California/Aztec Dancer 3             

Emma's Dancer 70 

Sooty Dancer 30  

Vivid Dancer 85  

Bluet,sp 20      

Northern Bluet 1

Boreal/Northern Bluet 20               

Arroyo Bluet 6  

Pacific Forktail 2                    

Western Forktail 5                    

Exclamation Damsel 6                 

Mosaic Darner, sp 2                    

California Darner 4                  

Pacific Clubtail 6                    

Grappletail 1   

Bison Snaketail 5

Western River Cruiser Macromia magnifica 6   [photo voucher]       

Western Pondhawk 3                    

Widow Skimmer 1 

Flame Skimmer 17

Red Rock Skimmer Paltothemis lineatipes  3 – photo taken, upgrade of prior sighting only record               

Common Whitetail 5                    

Variegated Meadowhawk 1              

Cardinal Meadowhawk 3                 

Black Saddlebags 1

 

June 7, 2005 

Sonoma County

Michael J. Ellis & the Footloose Forays Tue. hiking group:

Riverfront Park Regional Park, Russian River, West of Healdsburg

Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula

CA Dancer Argia agrioides

 Blue-eyed Darner Aeshna multicolor

Common Green Darner Anax junius

Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata

Eight-spotted Skimmer Libellula forensis

Widow Skimmer Libellula luctuosa

Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata   

Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis

Western Meadowhawk Sympetrum occidentale  [county record - kb]

-------

Santa Clara County

John Hall/ David Edwards

Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, Monte Bello Succession Pond

Vivid Dancer (15)

Pacific Forktail (1)

Swift Forktail (10)

Monte Bello Pond

Boreal Bluet (2) in-hand

Boreal/Northern Bluet (2)

Arroyo Bluet (20)

Pacific Forktail (45)

Swift Forktail (2)

Western Forktail (8)

California Darner (2)

Blue-eyed Darner (6)

Western Pondhawk (5)

Eight-spotted Skimmer (12)

Flame Skimmer (10)

Cardinal Meadowhawk (10)

Red-veined Meadowhawk (2)

---

San Mateo County

Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve,

Horseshoe Lake

Vivid Dancer (2)

Boreal/Northern Bluet (15)

Arroyo Bluet (2)

Pacific Forktail (70)

Western Forktail (3)

California Darner (3)

Blue-eyed Darner (2)

Mosaic Darner sp (3)

Western Pondhawk (1)

Eight-spotted Skimmer (11)

Flame Skimmer (3)

Blue Dasher (4)

Cardinal Meadowhawk (17)

Alpine Pond

California/Aztec Dancer (1)

Vivid Dancer (3)

Pacific Forktail (25)

Eight-spotted Skimmer (1)

Blue Dasher (1)

 

June 6, 2005 

Contra Costa County

Chris Heaivilin

Oakley

I decided to dust off the camera and take a photo safari to one of my regular haunts.  As usual, species diversity was poor, but quantity of individuals was good.

A. junius ~10

A. multicolor ~10

S. corruptum 1

S. pallipes ~5 (More than usual for this location)

L. saturata 1

L. lydia ~10

L. luctuosa ~10 (Both male and female.  All were teneral.  I usually only see one a year in this location)

T. lacerata ~3

P. longipennis ~20

E. collocata ~20

E. civile ~100s

I. cervula ~100s

 

June 5, 2004

Sonoma County

Kathy and Dave Biggs, Michael Ellis & the Footloose Forays group

At Spring Lake in Santa Rosa (we had a catch and release permit):

Tule Bluet – in hand

Pacific Forktail – in hand

Exclamation Damsel – in scope

Blue-eyed Darner – in hand

Eight-spotted Skimmer – in hand, many seen

Widow Skimmer – 2-3

Common Whitetail – some

Flame Skimmer – 2-3 seen after lunch

Blue Dasher – in hand, many seen

Black Saddlebags – a few

-------

Sonoma County

Alan Wight

Entrance to Bodega Dunes Campground:

Both Red-veined and Cardinal Meadowhawks are common here right now, along with Black Spreadwings (presumably) and Blue-eyed Darners.  It’s a nice spot for

odonates.  They are in the small grassy areas along the campground entrance road near Highway 1. http://www.sonic.net/~shwand/odonata/red_veined_meadowhawk.htm

 

June 4, 2004

Shasta County

Ray Bruun

I took a trip through the mountains of Shasta County, from Shingletown to Burney, yesterday.  It was a bit rough on the little Toyota commuter car, which lost a large section of molding off of the driver's side front and who knows what else.  I've since been banned from ever again taking it four-wheeling, a good thing I suppose . . . time to get a new battery for the ol' pickup.

The first stop was a small spring-fed pond along the roadside at an elevation just under 5,000 feet (40.67186°N, 21.76736°W -- WGS 84/NAD 83).

The pond water was four to five feet deep, crystal clear, and had several salamanders cruising the bottom.  The best ode was a female Swift Forktail.

unknown Bluet - several

Swift Forktail - 1 female

Western Forktail - several

Western Red Damsel - common, many in tandem/wheel (first time I've seen them in wheel)

*Dot-tailed Whiteface Leucorrhinia intacta - 1 flyby (male?)

Eight-spotted Skimmer - several

*Four-spotted Skimmer Libellula quadrimaculata  - several

The next spot was a wet meadow, elevation 4800' (40.69884°N, 121.72721°W).

*Emerald Spreadwing Lestes dryas - common

Western Forktail - common

Western Red Damsel - common

Another, very large wet meadow ("The Gardens"), elevation 4900,' had the same species as the previous meadow with the addition of Four-spotted Skimmer and lots of mosquitoes (40.74155°N, 121.69405°W).  Emerald Spreadwing was by far the most numerous ode here.

A third meadow ("Dan Hunt Meadows"), elevation 4800', was actually a lake having some more of the same salamanders (40.70324°N,121.75075°W).  I suppose it dries up quite a bit later in the summer.  Not many odes here (a few Eight-spotted Skimmers and unidentified Bluets).

I was looking forward to seeing Buckhorn Lake, elevation 4800', but it had recently been closed to the public.  The owner, Roseburg, had installed a gate across the entrance road on 5/27/05 (according to a sign at the gate).

The final spot, and where I spent the most time, was Dry Lake, elevation 4100' (40.80304°N, 121.70367°W).  This location also had a small, spring-fed pond.  The pond was deeper and the water even more clear than the first pond.  The spring feeding the pond gushed from the bottom of a hill nearby. Water over-flowed the pond running into a large wet meadow (i.e., Dry Lake).

I found two Swift Forktails at this location, a male and a female (the

female I was able to photograph).

Emerald Spreadwing - Abundant; I've never seen them so thick.

unidentified Bluet - several

Swift Forktail - 2, male and female

Western Forktail - common

Western Red Damsel - common

Common Green Darner - 1

Twelve-spotted Skimmer - several

Common Whitetail - 2 (in wheel)

Four-spotted Skimmer - several

Summary: It was a long, exciting day, with a total of 11 odes, including a significant range extension for Swift Forktail in Shasta County.  I saw my first Emerald Spreadwing and Dot-tailed Whiteface of the year, and the scenery was magnificent.

-------

Siskiyou County

Bob Claypole

Sinuous Snaketails - the first seen on the Klamath River Highway (#96) near Dona Creek.

 

June 3, 2005

Orange County

Sara Marini

Balboa Park Los Angeles. I was only able to spend 35 mins.  there due to work but there was a lot of activity in that short time.

Mexican Amberwing (6) males

Red Saddlebags (2) males) & (3) pairs in tandem

Common Green Darner (1) male

Vivid Dancer (15+)

Familiar Bluet (6)

-------

El Dorado County

Steve Abbott

 I had a little time at lunch to visit Lumsden Park in Placerville and found a great bunch of active bugs.

BLUET SP. - several

PACIFIC CLUBTAIL - 1

GOMPHUS SP. - 1

PACIFIC SPIKETAIL - 1

WESTERN PONDHAWK - 1

FLAME SKIMMER - 8-12

TWELVE-SPOTTED SKIMMER - 6

WIDOW SKIMMER - 6-10

COMMON WHITETAIL - 2-4

BLACK SADDLEBAGS - 6

Nice to see all this activity nearby!

-------

Mono County

John Hall & David Edwards

Mono Lake Marina

Western Red Damsel (3)

De Chambeau Ponds, Mono Lake

Tule Bluet (2)

Boreal/Northern/Familiar Bluet (6)

Pacific Forktail (4)

Black-fronted Forktail (12)

Western Forktail (9)

Common Green Darner (1)

Blue-eyed Darner (1)

Spot-winged Glider (1)

Variegated Meadowhawk (1)

Hot Creek near Fales Hot Springs along Highway 395 north of Bridgeport

**River Bluet Enallagma anna (20), 1 in-hand [new early flight data by one day –kb]

Alpine County

shallow ponds along route 89 2.5 miles west of Alpine County border

Boreal Bluet (2), 2 in-hand

Boreal/Northern Bluet (30)

Common Green Darner (1)

Twelve-spotted Skimmer (1)

Variegated Meadowhawk (20)

 

June 2, 2005

Contra Costa County

Doug Vaughan

My wife and I visited two small ponds on the San Pablo/Briones watershed in Contra Costa County today. One in particular was impressive (14 species and good numbers), despite being maybe 50-75 feet across. Here's what we saw:

*Northern (=Common) Spreadwing (Lestes disjunctus) - in hand; among 50-75 Lestes spp.

Black Spreadwing (L. stultus) - most perhaps this species

Boreal Bluet (Enallagma boreale) - one in hand; among 100ish bluets

Tule Bluet (E. carunculatum) - one in hand

Arroyo Bluet (E. praevarum) - one in hand

Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula) - only 5-10

Common Green Darner (Anax junius) - at least 2 males

Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) - 2 or 3 males

California Darner (R. californica) - 1, but not confirmed in hand

Cardinal Meadowhawk - 10-20, most males

Red-veined Meadowhawk - 2-3, including a tandem pair

Western Pondhawk (Erythemis collocata) - 3, including a pair in wheel

Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) - 10-20, most males

Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) - about a dozen, including ovipositing female with hovering guard

Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) - 1 male

Eight-spotted Skimmer (L. forensis) - 3 or 4, including 1 female

-------

Inyo County

John Hall & David Edwards

Dirty Socks Spring

Paiute Dancer (5), 1 in-hand

Tule Bluet  (25), 2 in-hand

Familiar Bluet (60)

*Alkali Bluet Enallagma clausum (8), 1 in-hand

Desert Forktail (25)

Pacific Forktail (1)

Common Green Darner (3)

Blue-eyed Darner (1)

Bleached Skimmer (1)

Wandering Glider (4)

Desert Whitetail (2)

Variegated Meadowhawk (3)

Black Saddlebags (2)

Mazourka Springs

California Dancer (1), in-hand

Paiute Dancer (15)

Vivid Dancer (1)

Tule Bluet (6)

Familiar Bluet (1)

Pacific Forktail (10)

Black-fronted Forktail (8)

Desert Firetail (10)

Common Green Darner (1)

Blue-eyed Darner (7)

Western Pondhawk (25)

Eight-spotted Skimmer (10)

Blue Dasher (25)

Wandering Glider (2)

Desert Whitetail (8)

Black Saddlebags (1)

Tollhouse Springs along Route 168

Vivid Dancer (40)

Blue-eyed Darner (1)

Owens River crossing, Highway 168

American Rubyspot (3)

Irrigation Ditch which crosses Route 168 just off Route 395 at Big Pine

Vivid Dancer (2)

Tule Bluet (150)

Pacific Forktail (10)

Common Green Darner (1)

Blue-eyed Darner (2)

Black Saddlebags (2)

McNally Ditch, Laws

Familiar Bluet (4)

Black-fronted Forktail (2)

Common Green Darner (2)

Blue-eyed Darner (1)

Eight-spotted Skimmer (1)

Wandering Glider (10)

Variegated Meadowhawk (20)

-------

*Cordulia shurtleffi American Emerald

 

June 1, 2005

Siskiyou County

Dave and Kathy Biggs

Widow Springs Pond, Widow Springs Rd off of Pilgrim Creek Rd, East of McCloud

*Western Red Damsel Amphiagrion abbreviatum – 1-2

 

May 2005

 

May 31, 2005

Inyo County

Marshall J. Iliff

I was surprised again to find a single Giant Darner around on of the ponds at Furnace Creek Ranch on 31 May 2005 and to find three more at Scotty's Castle. Strangely enough, another birder at Scotty's asked me if I had noticed the giant Darners since he too had seen them and was surprised by their presence, based on the maps in Manolis (2003). One was still present at Furnace Creek 1 June.

 

May 30, 2005

San Benito County

Paul Johnson

I was working in the San Benito River in the southeastern part of the county yesterday and saw about five bison snaketails Opohiogomphus bison   (photo record) in a one-mile stretch. Looks like it's a new record for the county, and a bit outside Tim Manolis' range map.  The stream was fairly small and rocky, in an area of serpentine soil.  I’ve posted images on the group site. [ yes, new record! – kb]

Also observed recently at Pinnacles National Monument:

-grappletail

-Pacific spiketail

-common whitetail

-flame skimmer

-variegated meadowhawk (teneral)

-cardinal meadowhawk

-red saddlebags

-American ruby-spot

_______

Sonoma County

Paul Saraceni, Kevin McKereghan, Eric Preston, Dan Singer

[We] visited Pine Flat Road in NE Sonoma County. Unlike Kathy's visit reported yesterday, we had clear skies and warm temperatures much of the day, which provided good Odes activity, as well as other wildlife observations.

Our species list keyed by location:

"MM0" = bridge over creek at beginning of Pine Flat Rd.

"MM4" = roadside seep ~0.2 mi. above MM4.5 on Pine Flat Rd. (there is a gravel parking lot around the bend and just above the obvious seep)

"RP" = Rebizzo Ranch pond (viewed from roadside)

"RS" = Rebizzo Ranch roadside seep (~0.1 mi. above pond, across from pullout)

"MM10" = seep and seasonal pond accessed from small lot/dirt track nr. Pine Flat Rd. MM 10.0

"MM8/9" = creek area just in from road b/t MM8-9

"MM1" = rocky creek below Pine Flat Rd. MM 1.0 (climb down boulder pile to access creek)

American Rubyspot -- MM1 10+ (incl. tandem pairs)

Black Spreadwing -- MM10 20+ (incl. tandem pairs)

California/Aztec-type Dancer -- MM8/9 1 m.

Emma's Dancer -- MM1 5+ (incl. tandem pair)

Vivid Dancer -- 30+; all stops (incl. tandem pairs)

Tule/Arroyo-type bluet -- RP 2

Northern/Boreal-type Bluet -- RP 5+; MM10 10+; MM8/9 5+ (incl. tandem pairs)

Western Forktail -- MM10 5+

*Black Petaltail Tanypteryx hageni -- MM10 1 m. & 1 f. in seep; f. ovipositing; m. repeatedly returned to same perch, later picked up f. and   went into wheel position  

Blue-eyed Darner -- RP 2 m.

Grappletail -- RS 1 m. & 1 f. (in wheel)

Pacific Clubtail -- RP 1 f. (ovipositing); MM8/9 1

Bison Snaketail -- MM1 2

Variegated Meadowhawk -- MM4 1

Cardinal Meadowhawk -- RP 1 m.; MM10 2 m.

Red-veined Meadowhawk -- MM10 8+ (incl. tandem pairs, 1 in-hand ID)

Common Whitetail -- RP 1 m.; MM10 5+ m.; MM8/9 1 m.; MM1 1 f.

Eight-spotted Skimmer -- MM0 1 m.

Flame Skimmer -- RP 5+; MM10 5+

Black Saddlebags -- MM0 1, RP 1

Interesting to see how things are recovering from last August's forest fire, which has scarred the upper areas. Impressive wildlflowers, lots of bird activity in the burned-out areas (e.g., Lazuli Buntings very common, House Wrens, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Ash-throated Flycatchers, Warbling & Cassin's Vireos, Western Tanagers, etc.). Other interesting avian observations included 2 Mountain Quail calling from hillside above MM10, 2 Purple Martins over MM10, and a Golden Eagle atop transmission tower near MM4.

Also several W. Pond Turtles, many W. Fence Lizards, 4 species of snakes (Gopher, Cal. Red-sided Garter, Aquatic Garter, W. Rattlesnake), 10+ species of butterflies. Great day!

-------

Colusa County

Dave and Kathy Biggs

Dave and I stopped at Bear Creek near where it crosses Hwy 20 for a half hour (12-12:30) on May 30th. It was 83 degrees. From the bank we saw:

American Rubyspot - many

CA Dancer - one in hand, many tenerals

Vivid Dancer - a few

*Sooty Dancer Argia lugens - a few

Bluet sp. - a few

Pacific Clubtail - 3+

*Western River Cruiser Macromia magnifica - ~3 (one was flying a beat that ended just where the barbed wire restarts, ~ 1/4 mile off Hwy 20 - VERY easy to see)

Flame Skimmer - many

Common Whitetail - 2-3

Black Saddlebags - 1

On our return by this area on June 2, at 6 pm, we added

Western Forktail - 1 female

Common Green Darner - one

The Giant Darners apparently hadn't emerged yet, nor the Ringtails. We might have seen a Sanddragon on the 30th, but it was in flight (chasing the Cruiser!) at a distance.

-------

Kern County

Tim Manolis

Galileo Hills

*Giant Darner 1-2

 

May 29, 2005

Marin County

Eric Preston

I spent the afternoon at Alpine Lake and Lake Lagunitas on Sunday.   Warm, sunny, lots of people and lots of odes.

Black Spreadwing 10+ -- Alpine Lake

Pacific Forktail 10+

Bluets I didn't bother IDing

California Darner 2

Pacific Clubtail 10+

Beaverpond Baskettail 5+

Cardinal Meadowhawk 1

Striped Meadowhawk 30+ -- a huge recent emergence, all at Alpine Lake

Eight-spotted Skimmer - 10

Common Whitetail - 15 - includes one that had just emerged, with the exuvia still on its forewing

Flame Skimmer - 5

Bullfrog - 3000+ tadpoles

Some photos:

http://www.ericwpreston.com/BeaverpondBaskettail_2.html

http://www.ericwpreston.com/CommonWhitetail_1.html

http://www.ericwpreston.com/CaliforniaSister_1.html

 

May 28, 2005

Imperial County

John Hall & David Edwards

 Palo Verde County Park

Powdered Dancer (5)

Blue-ringed Dancer (35)

**Double-striped Bluet Enallagma basidens* (25) [new early flight data by 2 months!! And only time reported this year]

Familiar Bluet (15)

Citrine Forktail* (2)  [last date reported 2005]                

Rambur's Forktail (7)

Western Pondhawk (50)

Widow Skimmer (50)

Flame Skimmer (2)

Blue Dasher (30)

Wandering Glider (3)

Mexican Amberwing (3)

Red Saddlebags (5)

--

Riverside County

Palo Verde Diversion Dam

American Rubyspot (4)

Powdered Dancer (150)

Blue-ringed Dancer (20)

Familiar Bluet (15)

Citrine Forktail (2)

Western Pondhawk (1)

Blue Dasher (2)

Wandering Glider (1)

Red Saddlebags (1)

 

May 27, 2005

Contra Costa County

Doug Vaughan

I walked to a perennial pond, lush and brimming, and alive with odes, especially damsels, despite mild temperatures and a fairly brisk wind. Bluets were present in swarms, including at least the first three species below, examined in hand:

Boreal Bluet (Enallagma boreale) - several

Tule Bluet (E. carunculatum) - one

Arroyo Bluet (E. praevarum) - one

Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula) - dozens

Western Forktail (I. perparva) - dozens, most females

*Desert Firetail (Telebasis salva) - one male

Common Green Darner (Anax junius) - at least one male and one female

Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) - a few

Cardinal Meadowhawk - 10-15, most males, one tandem pair

Western Pondhawk (Erythemis collocata) - - 10-15 males

Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) - - one immature male

Common Whitetail - one or two

Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis) - one male

-------

Riverside County

John Hall and David Edwards

Dos Palmas Preserve

Dos Palmas is open year round. Access is off Highway 111. Travel south from Mecca to Parkside Drive, across from the Salton Sea State Recreation Area headquarters. Make a left onto Parkside and travel to Desertaire. Make a right turn and continue to dirt road and follow signs to Preserve. Parking is available on the right side of the road before the locked gate. Walk down the road about a mile to the maintenance building. There are small ponds to the right and larger ponds to the left. Bring plenty of water as there is none available at the Preserve. Special thanks to Jeff Cole for his 1999 sightings that alerted us to this location. A very hot place in more ways than one!

American Rubyspot (1)

*Paiute Dancer Argia alberta (5)

Powdered Dancer (2)

Blue-ringed Dancer (50)

Familiar Bluet (10)

Desert Forktail (1)

Citrine Forktail (10)

Rambur's Forktail (60)

Common Green Darner (10)

Blue-eyed Darner (1)

*White-belted Ringtail Erpetogomphus compositus  (2)

Red-tailed Pennant* (50)  [last date reported in 2005]            

Western Pondhawk (150)

*Comanche Skimmer Libellula comanche (25)

**Bleached Skimmer Libellula compositus (5) [new early flight data by 3 days- kb]

Widow Skimmer (60)

Flame Skimmer (6)

Marl Pennant Macrodiplax balteata (30)

*Roseate Skimmer  Orthemis ferruginea (2)

Blue Dasher (600)

Wandering Glider (5)

Spot-winged Glider Pantala hymenaea (1)

Mexican Amberwing (1)

*Desert Whitetail Libellula subornata (10)

Variegated Meadowhawk (5)

Black Saddlebags (60)

Red Saddlebags (30)

 

May 26, 2005

Shasta County

Ray Bruun

I took a long lunch today, longer than I intended.  The first stop was Turtle Pond at the Redding Arboretum near the Sacramento River.  It was a frustrating place, too deep for wading and not very many odes.  So, I wandered a bit, wading downstream along Sulphur Creek (seasonal), crossing it, and walking back upstream.  I saw a few skittish Vivid Dancers there, but that was all.  I had taken a circular route back to the car but was blocked from reaching the parking lot by a cyclone fence.  I followed the outside of the fence for some distance and at one point and came upon a nice little pond with a healthy population of odes.  What caught my eye initially were a number of spreadwings.  I think they were Black Spreadwings (if so, a Shasta County record and a lifer for me).  I've emailed Kathy and Tim a couple of photos to confirm the ID.  A second pond (I suspect there are more than two ponds), larger and more open than the first, also had good ode numbers.  The 15 species I saw today included the following:

*Spotted Spreadwing (1 teneral male) << first 2005 record for California

Black Spreadwing Lestes stultus (lots of them) NEW COUNTY RECORD

California Dancer (1 male)

Vivid Dancer (several males)

Tule Bluet (1 male)

Unidentified (not Tule) Bluet (1 male)

Pacific Forktail (several males)

Common Green Darner (several males)

Blue Dasher (quite a few males)

Common Whitetail (several males)

Eight-spotted Skimmer (1 male)

Widow Skimmer (2 males)

Twelve-spotted Skimmer (several males)

Flame Skimmer (1 male)

Black Saddlebags (2 - a pair)

-----

Contra Costa County

Doug Vaughan and Doris Kreshmer

East Bay watershed

 My wife and I hiked a mostly dry trail above a seasonal stream, crossing a couple of damp tributaries. Odonate numbers were relatively low, but the trip was fruitful nonetheless:

Vivid Dancer (Argia vivida) - a dozen or so

Pacific Spiketail (Cordulegaster dorsalis) - seen briefly with binoculars; I'd rate   my level of confidence on this one at about 75%

Cardinal Meadowhawk (Sympetrum illotum) - one female

Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) - several, males and females

Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) - three or four females; one collected, - Contra Costa voucher [upgrade of prior photo only voucher]

-------

Kern County

John Hall and David Edwards

 Isabella, Erskine Creek Road

California Dancer (1) in-hand

California/Aztec Dancer (8)

Vivid Dancer (20)

Desert Firetail (3)

Flame Skimmer (3)

*Wandering Glider Pantala flavescens (1)

-------

*Lestes congener Spotted Spreadwing

 

May 24, 2005

Sonoma County

David Hofmann

Pine Flat Road

Common Whitetail-one at the upper pond

*Striped Meadowhawk-on a fire road above the upper pond

Grappletail-at the Ribizo Ranch seep

Vivid Dancer-at the Ribizo Ranch seep

Black Spreadwing-at the upper pond

-------

Kathy Biggs

We had a Pacific Spiketail, a female in our front yard at about 1:30.

 

May 23, 2005

Sonoma County

Dave & Kathy Biggs

Dave and I spent from 10:45-11:15 walking around Lake Ralphine in Santa Rosa. The temperature was in the mid 70s and the lake is full again after the construction of new boat ramps the last 2 years. We were happy to find 14 species:

Vivid Dancers - a few

Tule Bluets - many

Pacific Forktail - some

Exclamation Damsel - a few

CA Darners - some

Pacific Clubtail - some

Beaverpond Baskettails - some

Western Pondhawk - a few

Blue Dasher - a few

Flame Skimmer - common

Eight-spotted Skimmer - abundant

Widow Skimmer - 2-3

Cardinal Meadowhawk - many

Black Saddlebags 1-2

Missing were Common Green Darner and Western Forktail!

Our first Blue Dasher of the year showed up today at out Sebastopol backyard Bigsnest Wildlife Pond; also present here were Pacific Forktails, Exclamation Damsels, Flame Skimmers, and Cardinal Meadowhawks.

-------

Imperial County

Lynn Monroe

At Imperial New River Wetland Project we saw the following:

Blue Dashers, at least a hundred, probably lots more, males, 3 females

Darner          1

Roseate Skimmer        3 males, 1 female       

Red Saddlebags

**Marl Pennant Macrodiplax balteata [new early flight data by one week!- kb]

Mexican Amberwing        12 males, 3 females

Citrine Forktail (need slide to confirm)

Desert Forktail        3

Rambur's Forktail        2 male, 1 red female

Familiar Bluet        86 +

 

May 22, 2005

Santa Barbara County

Nick Lethaby

I had 5 Red Saddlebags flying around the Dune Pond in the Coal Oil Point reserve in Santa Barbara yesterday. Not much else - Common Green Darner, Blue-eyed (presumed id) Darner, and 1-2 Meadowhawk species.

-----

Orange County

Sara Marini

I went to El Dorado Park in Long Beach.  I saw

Flame Skimmers  (5)

Blue Dashers (7)

Western Pondhawks (2)

Vivid Dancers (20+) (only a few were females), males being very aggressive even attacking the Blue Dashers

California Dancers (8)

Familiar Bluet (15+)

Northern Bluets (5)

Tule Bluets (16)

I also found 4 exuviae of damselflies & 14 dragonfly exuviae.

 

May 21, 2005

Shasta County

Ray Bruun and George Sappington

Mary Lake, Redding

George Sappington and I explored Sulphur Creek and Mary Lake (both in Redding) this morning and afternoon. We started just after 8:00 a.m. at Sulphur Creek and didn't see much, a Variegated Meadowhawk, several unidentified dragonflies, and an unknown female bluet.

 We drove to Mary Lake where there was more going on. We saw a total of 12 species at Mary Lake:

Vivid Dancer (about a dozen),

Pacific Forktail (many),

Western Forktail (1 adult male),

Black-fronted Forktail (1 teneral male),

Tule Bluet (common),

Common Green Darner (several adult males and one tandem pair),

Widow Skimmer (1 teneral),

Common Whitetail (about 4 males),

*Twelve-spotted Skimmer Libellula pulchella (1 teneral female),

Black Saddlebags (several),

Blue Dasher (many teneral),

Western Pondhawk (1 adult male).

--------

Ventura County

Karen Weiss

Sandstone Peak, the highest point in Santa Monica Mountains

*Pacific Spiketail Cordulegaster dorsalis – 1

I saw it cruising past at Sandstone Peak, the highest point in Santa Monica Mountains at 3100 ft, flying S to N at about 1pm….  hike started just above Circle X Ranch off Yerba Buena Rd. - a  Malibu address but in Ventura County.

 

May 20, 2005

Stanislaus County

John Hall, David Edwards

Del Puerto Canyon- from Interstate 5 to bridge past mile marker 18

American Rubyspot    40               

California Dancer    1 (in hand)               

California/Aztec Dancer   8          

Vivid Dancer  120

Boreal Bluet     2 (in hand)                   

Northern Bluet   1 (in hand)                 

Boreal/Northern Bluet      35         

Pacific Forktail    2                 

Black-fronted Forktail     5         

Western Forktail      2               

Mosaic Darner, sp     5                

Common Green Darner    1              

California Darner   3                 

Blue-eyed Darner    6               

Pacific Clubtail     2               

Grappletail    2

*Bison Snaketail  Ophiogomphus bison 2                  

Flame Skimmer    90                   

Blue Dasher   1

-------

San Mateo County

Eric Preston

I went down to some of my favorite small and counted at least 20 Black Spreadwings. I also had a Cardinal Meadowhawk, a couple Ca. Darners and an SF/Black-fronted Forktail.  I couldn't capture the bug, so can't tell you which it was.

 

May 19, 2005

Shasta County

Ray Bruun

On my lunch time walk today, I saw two Common Green Darners in tandem over a seasonal pool (not a vernal pool), lots of Vivid Dancers, and two young *Widow Skimmers [Libellula luctuosa], my first of the year and, I think, the first sighting in 2005 for California.

 

May 15, 2005

San Mateo County

Alvaro Jaramillo

If you had asked me if there were any Lestes on the coast here around Half Moon Bay a few days ago I would have said - no way. Then on Sunday around some little muddy pools I found several pairs (in tandem) of Lestes stultus  (Black Spreadwing). A real surprise as I don't recall seeing this species in the county before. There were also several California Darners around. Sunday was a funny day weather wise with warm air temperature and no wind, but dense fog close to the ocean. The odonates were in the fog/sun interface. It will be interesting to see if the Lestes hang around or if they leave once it gets windy and cool again.

 

May 14, 2005

San Mateo County

John Hall, David Edwards

Horseshoe Lake

California/Aztec Dancer  1            

Vivid Dancer 6  

Boreal Bluet  1 (in hand)

Boreal/Northern Bluet  12             

Arroyo Bluet 1  

Pacific Forktail  50                   

Swift Forktail  2

Western Forktail  4                   

Mosaic Darner, sp  2                  

Common Green Darner  1                

California Darner  8                  

Cardinal Meadowhawk 10                 

Alpine Pond

California/Aztec Dancer  1            

Vivid Dancer  2 

Arroyo Bluet  1 

Pacific Forktail  30                   

California Darner 3        

_____

Siskiyou County

Dave and Kathy Biggs, Bob and Patti Claypole

SHASTA RIVER @ HUDSON RD (~ 6 miles N of Yreka off of Hwy 263):

*River Jewelwing Calopteryx aequabilis - common, both males and females seen, no courtship or ovipositing

no Am. Rubyspots!!

Emma's Dancer Argia emma - a few mature females, many tenerals

Vivid Dancer -  a few adults

Western Forktail - some, ovipositing females

Pacific Clubtail - abundant, many tenerals. We watched one emerging and got some photos.

no Sinuous Snaketails yet!

Blue-eyed Darner - 1-2

Shasta Valley Wildlife Area (one mile East of Montague):

Blue-eyed Darner - a few

Common Green Darner - a few

Variegated Meadowhawks -  a few, inc. ovipositing pairs

Pacific Forktail - some, ovipositing

Western Forktail - 1 female noted

Familiar Bluet - some, mostly in the grasslands

-----

Santa Clara County

David Edwards and John Hall

Monte Bello OSP

Vivid Dancer 25   (seep area) 

Swift Forktail  24  (16 at seep area)

Black Spreadwing  1                  

Boreal Bluet 1  (in hand)

Tule Bluet 1   (in hand) 

Boreal/Northern Bluet   15             

Arroyo Bluet   10 (4 in hand)

Pacific Forktail   60                 

Western Forktail  17                  

Common Green Darner    2              

California Darner     6              

Blue-eyed Darner   2                 

Eight-spotted Skimmer   1   (teneral)       

Flame Skimmer    2                    

Cardinal Meadowhawk   25   (5 tandem pairs)           

 

May 13, 2005

Alameda County

David Edwards and John Hall

Alameda Creek has finally receded enough to make it possible to wade the creek in many places. We did our usual stretch upstream from the vehicular bridge and then downstream from the visitors' center. This latter area was quite rewarding. We also had 22 species of butterflies, 3 species of reptile, including a Common Kingsnake and a large bat that was flying in daylight.

______
Alameda County

John Hall, David Edwards

Alameda Creek has finally receded enough to make it possible to wade the creek in many places. We did our usual stretch upstream from the vehicular bridge and then downstream from the visitors' center. This latter area was quite rewarding. We also had 22 species of  butterflies, 3 species of reptile, including a Common Kingsnake and alarge bat that was flying in daylight.

American Rubyspot  1                    

*Emma's Dancer  Argia emma 6   

Vivid Dancer 140    

Boreal Bluet  1 (in hand)  

Boreal/Northern Bluet 25                 

Arroyo Bluet 2  (1 in hand)  

Pacific Forktail 8

Western Forktail  2                    

Exclamation Damsel  3                  

Mosaic Darner, sp  2                   

California Darner 3                    

Pacific Clubtail Gomphus kurilis  -  8, photos taken   (upgrade from sighting to photo record)

Flame Skimmer 1   

Common Whitetail  5 (4 female)                    

Cardinal Meadowhawk 5                  

 

May 12, 2005

Alameda County

David Edwards and John Hall

Proctor Staging area to Honker Bay on Lake Chabot.

California/Aztec Dancer    7          

Vivid Dancer 20   

Tule Bluet  50     

Pacific Forktail  120

Mosaic Darner,sp  15

California Darner  8                    

Blue-eyed Darner  7

Pacific Clubtail  6

Cardinal Meadowhawk  3           

We then went to check out the reservoir at Cull Canyon Regional Park.

Tule Bluet  2     

Pacific Forktail  130

Mosaic Darner,sp  1

California Darner 1

Common Whitetail  1

 

May 3, 2005

El Dorado County

Steve Abbott

Placerville I checked the creek behind the Signature Theaters on Placerville Dr and had many VIVID DANCERS in as many positions...ovipositing, in tandem, in wheel and a single emerging GRAPPLETAIL.  This was good for Grappletails last year and I will check this spot often as the season unfolds.

 

May 2, 2005

Sonoma County

Dave and Kathy Biggs

Helen Putnam Regional Park ….rather disappointing results:

Vivid Dancer - 1 male

Tule Bluet- a few

Pacific Forktail - a few

Pacific Clubtail - 1-2 - at least this was a new one for us this year.

The wind was really blowing and probably was a big part of the 'no show' of odes.

_____

Contra Costa County

Doug Vaughan

I finally made my first serious odes foray of the season yesterday, at least six weeks later that last year. At two ponds on the East Bay watershed, I had small numbers but decent variety:

Black Spreadwing (Lestes stultus) - tenerals only; other Lestes sp. possible

Vivid Dancer (Argia vivida) - several

bluets (Enallagma sp.) - a dozen or so; one Northern (E. cyathigerum) examined in hand

Exclamation Damsel (Zoniagrion exclamationis) - a few at each location, including one pair

Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula) - two or three males

Western Forktail (I. perparva) - males and females common

California Darner (Rhionaeschna californica) - four or five males

Cardinal Meadowhawk (Sympetrum illotum) - three males

Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) - three males

*Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis) - one young male

 

May 1, 2005

San Diego County

Douglas Aguillard

Pond east of Otay Lakes in Chula Vista

Common Green Darners

Blue-eyed Darner

Red Saddlebags

Black Saddlebags

Variegated Meadowhawks

1 Ischnura species

Shasta County

Ray Bruun

Nora Lake, Shingletown -

I had two Swift Forktails (adult male and female), quite a few Pacific Forktail, and a young male Western Forktail (see photographs). The adult male Swift Forktail was near a creek that feeds the lake. It flew and landed some 10 to 15 times before I lost him (no shots, unfortunately). The female Swift Forktail, when I first saw her, was at the edge of the lake being chased by a smaller damsel. http://bruunphotography.com/ode_locations/noralk_050105.html

Contra Costa County

Chris Heaivilin

All three sightings in my Oakley backyard

Libellula Saturata (immature female) 1

Libellula Lydia (immature male) 1

*Sympetrum occidentale Western Meadowhawk (immature female) 3

-----

Los Angeles County

Nicole Nanette

Lake Jennings Calif  92040

Varigated Meadowhawk  1

Western Forktail    4

Northern/Boreal Bluet  1

 

April 2005

 

April 29, 2005

San Francisco County

Paul Saraceni

Fort Point, The Presidio, San Francisco

As expected, there were numerous SAN FRANCISCO FORKTAILS Ischnura gemina* [ONLY date reported 2005]  in the sedge-lined ditch on the S side of the road (for directions, click on the "hotspots in CA" link at the bottom of the main page of Kathy's CA Dragonflies & Damselflies web site) -- at least 20+ during my 5-minute check.

I haven't made it there previously this spring, so not sure when they first started flying this year.  10+ VIVID DANCERS were also present.

 

April 19-26, 2005

So. CA Desert Sojourn

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Dave and I traversed as large a segment of the CA deserts as we could in one week.

Our report:

Day 1, April 19, 2005

Mono County

De Chambeau ponds:

It was snowing! So we crossed off this location!!

Inyo County

Mazourka Spring

It was raining, so we crossed this off too and visited with Jo & Tom Heindel in Big Pine instead.

--

Day 2, April 20, 2005

Inyo County

Dirty Socks Spring, south edge Owen’s Lake

N36” 19.769’ W117 56.944

Elevation 3575

This is the site where we’ve found Desert Forktails and Alkali Bluets before, but the weather was still quite cool and somewhat overcast:

Black-fronted Forktail – one male

Bluet sp., one female

Death Valley

Wild Rose Canyon:

Vivid Dancer – 3 males, 1 female

Scotty’s Castle

This site seemed to have great potential as a natural spring is redirected to an easily accessed artificial stream in front of the castle.

Even though it was late and a bit cool:

Flame Skimmer – 2 female, 2 males

Dancer sp – 2 types, ~ 12 – we hope to ID thru photos later.

--

Day 3, April 21, 2005

Inyo County

Salt Creek:

Desert Forktail – one male

Forktail sp. – one male – this male did not have tear shaped eyespots or a wide shoulder stripe. I had a straight down look at it and I thought it looked like a Rambur’s, but it flew away before I could confirm this ID. Rambur’s and Desert Forktails are concurrent in several other watersheds, so this is a possibility and hope others can check into this!

--

Day 4, April 22, 2005

Riverside County

Barker Dam (this site was almost dry the last time we visited, with NO odes. Now it was full!…and the ‘colonizers’ were there):

Familiar Bluet - several

Black-fronted Forktail – one male

Red Saddlebags – one or two

Variegated Meadowhawk - many

Anisoptera sp. – 2 quick flybys could have been Gliders or Darners.

Also seen: mating Red-spotted Toads

--

Day 5, April 23, 2005

San Diego County

We had a 2-day catch and release permit:

San Felipe Creek – cool and overcast, no odes. But we did get to finally meet Doug Aguillard!

Coyote Creek - cool and somewhat overcast, 3rd crossing:

Calif. Dancer – several

Vivid Dancer – several

Black-fronted Forktail – one female

Green Darner – one - two

Roseate Skimmer – one male

--

Day 6, April 24, 2005

San Diego County

Anza Borrego NHM workshop group:

Coyote Creek – still cool and windy; from 3rd crossing to Santa Catarina Springs

American Rubyspot – a few

Calif. Dancer – several, in-hand ID (after group broke up)

Vivid Dancer – many

Black-fronted Forktail – one female, in-hand ID (after group broke up)

*Roseate Skimmer – one male (after group broke up)

Variegated Meadowhawk – a few

Red Saddlebags – one

--

Day 7, April 25, 2005

San Diego County

Lower Palm Canyon

Flame Skimmer – 1 female

Imperial County

We spent ~ 1 hr at New River Wetlands, Imperial site:

Familiar Bluet – abundant

Powdered Dancer Argia moesta – one pair in cop + one male

Desert Forktail – a few

Rambur’s Forktail – many

Common Green Darner – 2-3

Western Pondhawk – a few males

Blue Dasher – many

Red Saddlebags – 2-3

Riverside County

During 10 mins at Bombay area, late afternoon, mile marker 55.5:

American Rubyspot – 2+

Calif. Dancer – several, in-hand ID

Blue-ringed Dancer – a few

Desert Forktail – a few

Flame Skimmer – one male

--

Day 8, April 26, 2005

Stanislaus County

Del Puerto Canyon, ~1 hr, late afternoon

American Rubyspot – 2 males

Vivid Dancer – many

Dancer sp., some (have seen CA Dancer other years)

 

April 26, 2005

Placer County

John Sterling

I looked for odes along Dry Creek near Watt Ave in lowland Placer County today.  By far the most common ode was Sinuous

Snaketail (~50) followed by Pacific Clubtail, Am. Rubyspot, Blue-eyed Darner, Vivid Dancer etc...

 

April 25, 2005

Marin County

John Hall and David Edwards

Alpine Lake

Black Spreadwing    4             

Tule Bluet      2

Bluet, sp     1 

Arroyo Bluet     2                    

Pacific Forktail      1               

Western Forktail      1               

California Darner     13               

Pacific Clubtail     3               

Beaverpond Baskettail       2        

Variegated Meadowhawk     1           

Cardinal Meadowhawk     1             

* **Red-veined Meadowhawk      1  [new early flight data by 10 days, new flight month – kb]       

Lake Lagunitas

Vivid Dancer     3                  

Boreal Bluet    1 (in hand)                   

Tule Bluet       7 (1 in hand)                  

Bluet, sp     3

Boreal/Northern Bluet     2          

Arroyo Bluet      2    (1 in hand)            

Pacific Forktail     75                

Swift Forktail     1 ( Bon Tempe Lake)                 

Western Forktail      1               

Exclamation Damsel      5             

California Darner     30   

Blue-eyed Darner     1               

Pacific Clubtail      1              

Grappletail     2

Beaverpond Baskettail    30            

Common Whitetail    2       

 

April 22, 2005

Alameda County

John Hall and David Edwards

Sunol is still not very productive. Alameda Creek is still running high and fast but has receded somewhat since our last visit.

Sunol Regional Wilderness

Vivid Dancer    60                    

California Darner    2                

Common Whitetail     1             

Shadow Cliffs was a new area for us. It is located in Pleasanton. It shows some potential. By the time we arrived there was a cloud build up and the lighting was not the best.

Shadow Cliffs RRA ( East Bay Regional Park District)

Tule Bluet   15

Bluet, sp     50 

Arroyo Bluet    1                    

Pacific Forktail   15                

Mosaic Darner, sp    3                

Common Green Darner     6           

California Darner      1              

Blue-eyed Darner     3                

Variegated Meadowhawk    3      

 

April 21, 2005

David Edwards and John Hall

Stanislaus County

We to see how Del Puerto Canyon was doing and we were pleased to find a great deal of activity. Most sightings are between mile 3 to just past 18.

American Rubyspot   21               

California Dancer   1( in hand)              

California/Aztec Dancer    2       

Vivid Dancer    130

Bluet, sp     10  

*Northern Bluet Enallagma cyathigerum    2 (in hand)                  

Boreal/Northern Bluet     15           

Pacific Forktail     3                

Black-fronted Forktail    10          

Mosaic Darner, sp    5                 

California Darner     7              

Blue-eyed Darner      4               

Pacific Clubtail      1              

*Grappletail   Octogomphus specularis   6     just beyond Mile Marker 18              

Flame Skimmer     2                  

Red Rock Skimmer    1                

  

April 17, 2005

San Diego County

Doug Aguillard

Laguna Mtns. of San Diego. I stopped at Robert's Ranch near Descanso, the pond was overflowing. Up in the Laguna Meadow, the Lakes were actually there. No longer just a grassland (my entire life), but a real lake.

Robert's Ranch

Black-fronted Forktail

Laguna (Little Laguna Lake) Meadow

Red Saddlebags

Variegated Meadowhawk (I had never seen before in the Lagunas)

Tule Bluet (took some pics)

-------

Marin County

Eric Preston, Kevin McKereghan and Paul Saraceni

We visited Alpine and Lagunitas Lakes (in Marin Watershed s. of Fairfax) today with the following results under sunny but breezy conditions:

Alpine Lake:

*Black Spreadwing 1 f. (in-hand ID)

*Boreal Bluet 1 m. (in-hand ID)

Northern/Boreal Bluet sp. 1

Tule Bluet 1 m. (in-hand ID)

Tule/Arroyo Bluet sp. 2

Pacific Forktail 10+

Swift Forktail 1 f.

Western Forktail 5+

California Darner 4

Lagunitas Lake (including spillway stream to Bon Tempe Lake):

Vivid Dancer 1 (stream)

Northern/Boreal Bluet sp. 1

Arroyo Bluet 1 m. (in-hand ID)

Tule/Arroyo Bluet sp. 2

Exclamation Damsel 10+ (stream)

Pacific Forktail 50+

California Darner 10+

Pacific Clubtail 1

Beaverpond Baskettail 15+ (including 3 that perched cooperatively)

Cardinal Meadowhawk 1 m

-----

Placer County

Tim Manolis, Bruce Webb, and Steve Abbott

We spent a couple hours at Sculpture Park in Roseville (Placer County) and found a few nice odes with the highlights being:

*Sinuous Snaketail Ophiogomphus occidentis  ~5-6

Pacific Clubtail 2-3

Exclamation Damsels 4-5

Vivid Dancer - abundant

Pacific Forktail

A few photos can be seen here: 

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/l_limosa/album?.dir=/4f29&.src=ph

-----

Sonoma County

Greg Kareofelas

Alexander Valley, Healdsburg

Aeshna calif. (lots)

Argia vivida - both tenerals and mature

Libellula lydia Common Whitetail (one female)

Epitheca canis - (Lots)

L saturata -(one female)

Gomphus kurilis (both males and females)

Lestes stultus (lots, tenerals males and females)

Ish perparva -(males and females)

sympetrum illotum - (one male)

Sym corruptum - (one male)

Enallagma (not id'd yet)

 

April 16, 2005

Contra Costa County

Chris Heaivilin

Oakley

Not much to write about, but here's what I saw today:

Aeshna/Rhionaeschna (unknown)

Anax junius (2)

Ischnura cervula (20+)

Enallagma civile (20+)

You'd think that the bay area delta area would have more out by now, but alas.

-----

David Edwards and John Hall

Santa Clara County

Monte Bello OSP

Vivid Dancer 12    Seep Area;

Vivid Dancer   1; pond

Bluet, sp     1; pond

Pacific Forktail    90; pond

Swift Forktail 12; Seep Area 

Western Forktail    35 pond

Common Green Darner   1; pond

California Darner    6; pond

Blue-eyed Darner     2; pond

Variegated Meadowhawk    2; pond

Cardinal Meadowhawk    1; pond

San Mateo County

Horseshoe Lake, Skyline Ridge OSP

Vivid Dancer    1

Tule Bluet   2

Bluet, sp     3 

*Boreal/Northern Bluet    4            

Pacific Forktail      28               

Western Forktail     17               

Mosaic Darner, sp    1                

California Darner    2                

Cardinal Meadowhawk 4               

Alpine Pond

Vivid Dancer    1

Bluet, sp     1

Pacific Forktail     55            

Western Forktail    2               

California Darner     3

-----

San Diego County

Doug Aguillard

Santa Margarita River near Fallbrook.

The near record rains of 2004-2005 apparently sent a major flood through this area, and wiped out almost the all of the vegetation that once lined this river. The river is wider and there is debris everywhere. I had the following:

Flame Skimmer

Red Rock Skimmers

American Rubyspots

Vivid Dancers

------

*Arroyo Bluet Enallagma praevarum

 

April 15, 2005

San Diego County

Doug Aguillard

Santee Lakes, Santee

Flame Skimmer (2)

Common Green Darner (1)

*Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata (2)

Blue Dashers (23)

Mexican Amberwing (1) male

Pacific Forktails (14)

Tule Bluets (30+)

-----

David Edwards and John Hall

Alameda County

We went to Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area in Fremont for the first time to check out its potential. Our sightings included what appears to be a new sight record for the county- Pacific Clubtail.

Bluet,sp   10 ;

*Arroyo Bluet   20;

Mosaic Darner, sp   3;

Common Green Darner   1;

California Darner 1;

Blue-eyed Darner 2;

*Pacific Clubtail Gomphus Kurilis   2; 1 male perched – new sight record

Variegated Meadowhawk 28;

 

April 14, 2005

Sonoma County

Dave and Kathy Biggs

Dave decided that today was the right day to try out Sonoma Co's newest park: River Front Regional Park on East Side Rd between Windsor and Forestville.

Bluet - 1 teneral female

Pacific Forktail - a few

CA Darners - several

Blue-eyed Darner - some appeared to be this species, and we had a female emerge wrongly last nite from our pond,

see her at http://southwestdragonflies.net/caphotos/darnerfemale.html

Beaverpond Baskettail - abundant - a few patrolling the waterline, and many many patrolling the trials. We saw dozens and there could easily have been a hundred or more there.

Flame Skimmer - 2 females (no males seen), each about 10-20 ft from the water, sunning.

----

San Diego County

Nicole Nanette

Flame Skimmer – 1 female http://photos.groups.yahoo.com/group/calodes/vwp?.dir=/Nicoles&.dnm=Female+Flame+Skimmer.jpg&.src=gr

 

April 11/12, 2005

Yolo & Sacramento Counties

Greg Kareofelas 

Knoxville Road

I went up along the Knoxville Road yesterday. Water is still running fast and cold - all I saw was 2 A. californica and Argia vivida. Today in my backyard [Sacramento], I caught an Aeshna multicolor, male, not teneral, but also not mature. Been a slow start this year.

 

April 10, 2005

Imperial County

Bob Miller

Imperial Sand Dunes

Today I had one Variegated Meadowhawk and two female Blue-eyed Darners all within a hundred meters of each other.   -115.15280  33.04550

Been walking six to eight miles along NE face of the Imperial Sand Dunes almost everyday for several weeks now.  Awesome is a good word.  Have seen a few lone Variegated Meadowhawks this past week. 

-----

San Diego County

Douglas Aguillard

Mission Trails Regional Park

Common Green Darner

Flame Skimmer

Pacific Forktails

Vivid Dancers

*California Dancer Argia agrioides

-----

Del Norte County

Ron LeValley

…my first Pacific Forktail (one only) at the Arcata Marsh Project this morning.

-----

Shasta County

Ray Bruun

Mouth-of-Cottonwood Creek Wildlife

My third photography trip this season, on April 10th, was also the third trip of the year to Mouth-of-Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area. We'd had acold spell and that Sunday was the first nice day in about a week: the sky was clear and the temperature was about 70 degrees. Several Beaverpond Baskettails were patrolling along the tree shaded gravel road leading to the ponds. There was also a bigger dragonfly flitting about, probably a California Darner. Painted Lady butterflies were abundant. There were also a few sulfurs, Pipevine Swallowtails, a crescent, and my first Lorquin's Admiral of the year. The water in my favorite pond had dropped about eight inches since the previous trip, four weeks before.

Dragonflies were completely absent from this and two other ponds that I inspected. Black-fronted and Pacific Forktails were relatively common at all the ponds and at one pond I found an adult male Western Forktail. The west end of the favorite pond had an area full of red swamp grass.

 

April 9, 2005

Imperial County

Douglas Aguillard

Holtville Hot Springs:
*Hetaerina americana American Rubyspot
Rambur's Forktails (100+)
Brawley Unit of the New River Water Project:
Blue Dasher
Pacific Forktails
*Ischnura ramburii Rambur’s Forktail
Citrine Forktail female. I did not see any males though
Sonny Bono/Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters
*Perithemis intensa Mexican Amberwing
Rambur's Forktail
Imperial Unit of the New River Water Project
Common Green Darner

**Brachymesia furcata Red-tailed Pennant – new early flight data

Blue Dasher
**Argia moesta  Powdered Dancer – new early flight data
Rambur's Forktails
Familiar Bluets

-----

Eric Preston

Santa Clara County

Monte Bello OSR

Swift Forktail

Pacific Forktail andromorphic female

 

April 5, 2005

Imperial County

Bob Miller

Imperial Sand Dunes

*Tramea lacerata  Black Saddlebags

 

April 2, 2005

Sonoma County

Kathy Biggs and Jackie Sones

We had 5 species on our Sebastopol pond here and then we saw many Exclamation Damsels at the Sonoma Horticultural Gardens,inc. a female that landed on my sleeve, thus 'volunteering' to be the female I'd scan for thewebsites:http://southwestdragonflies.net/damsels/cadamselphotos/zoneXf05.html

 

April 1, 2005

Alameda County, CA

John Hall, David Edwards

Sunol Regional Wilderness

Vivid Dancer 19

California Darner 1

Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area in Fremont

Bluet,sp

Arroyo Bluet

Mosaic Darner,sp

Common Green Darner

California Darner

Blue-eyed Darner

Pacific Clubtail

Variegated Meadowhawk

--------

*Lestes stultus Black Spreadwing

 

March 2005

 

March 31, 2005

San Mateo County

John Hall, David Edwards

Skyline Ridge OSP

Alpine Pond

Pacific Forktail 13

Western Forktail 4

California Darner 1

Horseshoe Lake

Pacific Forktail 7

Western Forktail 2

Mosaic Darner,sp 1 possibly Blue-eyed male

Santa Clara County, CA

Monte Bello OSP

Canyon Trail from pond to seep

Vivid Dancer 8; 7 young, 1 blue

Swift Forktail 23, 19m, 4f, 1 tandem pair

Monte Bello pond

*Tule Bluet 1m

Pacific Forktail 18

Western Forktail 32

Common Green Darner 1

California Darner 5

Blue-eyed Darner 1

Cardinal Meadowhawk 2

----------

Del Norte County

Ron LeValley

South fork of the Smith River

Those of us on the north coast are still waiting... I saw one California Darner ….

 

March 30, 2005
Riverside County
Rod Miller
Rod called to report Spot-winged Gliders in the vicinity of Blythe.
-------
Sonoma County
Greg Kareofelas
Healdsburg
I had a bunch of Epitheca canis. They were not teneral, so they must have been out for a few days.
The only other Odonates were * **L. lydia [Common Whitetail new early flight data], Aeshna californica, Argia vivida and Ischnura perparva. All of these were at the Healdsburg site - foothills above Alexander Valley.

 

March 26, 2005

Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

John Hall, David Edwards

Monte Bello OSP

Vivid Dancer (2) near Succession pond

Bluet,sp (1) female main pond

Pacific Forktail (8) main pond

Swift Forktail (5) Succession pond and vicinity

Western Forktail (7) main pond

California Darner (1) main pond

Cardinal Meadowhawk (1) lower pond- can be seen from main pond

Skyline Ridge OSP

Horseshoe Lake

Familiar Bluet (1)

Pacific Forktail (2)

Western Forktail (2)

California Darner (1)

Cardinal Meadowhawk (1)

-------

Imperial County

Lynn Monore              

Brawley section of the New River Project

Darners (unidentified) 3
*
Blue Dasher, male 1
Familiar Bluet, male & female 12
Desert Forktail, male & female 2
**Ischnura hastata Citrine Forktail – new early flight data, male & female 2

-------

*Pachydiplax longipennis Blue Dasher

 

March 25, 2005

San Mateo County

John Hall, David Edwards

Alum Rock Park

Vivid Dancer (1)

California Darner (5)

Cardinal Meadowhawk (2)

-------

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Sonoma County
Sonoma Horticultural Gardens

 

 

Dave and I took a picnic lunch to the Gardens which are just 3 miles South of our home. The gardens are always an excellent spot forExclamation Damsels in the Spring. And we weren't disappointed, even though the weather was barely 60 degrees:
*Exclamation Damsel Zoniagrion exclamationis) - 36
California Darner (Rhionaeschna californica) - 4
Dave thought he had a fleeting glance at a Cardinal Meadowhawk. And I had a fleeting glance at an ode making a bee line thru the plantings that looked to be a Pacific Spiketail, but this would be way too early, so it was probably just the sun and a Darner playing tricks on me.

 

March 20, 2005

Imperial County

Lynn Monroe              

Borrego Palm Canyon, ABDSP

*Paltothemis lineatipes Red Rock Skimmer

-------

*Pantala hymenaea Spot-winged Glider

 

March 20, 2005

Los Angeles County

Nicole Ramirez

 

Granite Hills (residential neighborhood)
 I am a novice and homeschool my son. As i was watering the yard this morning i saw a lovely sight. I took the picture and had success after at least a dozen pics. I had it confirmed and i report the varigated meadowhawk.

 

March 17, 2005

San Diego County

Lynn Monroe

Anza Borrego State Park - Southwest Grove

Flame Skimmers, 8 males, 1 female

 

March 15, 2005

Stanislaus Counties.

John Hall, David Edwards

Del Puerto Canyon

Vivid Dancer 10

-------

El Dorado County

Steve Abbott

Placerville

I just saw the first PACIFIC FORKTAILS of the season here ….There were several males and  a single female in the cattails at a pond in the Westwood  Hills Memorial (?) cemetery along Cold Springs Rd. This place is hopping in the mid-summer months with several species of odes. I can't wait  for it all!

 

March 14, 2005

 

 

Shasta County

Ray Bruun
Redding

 About a hundred yards from the building where I work there was this dragonfly flitting about. I moved closer and saw that it was as *Beaverpond Baskettail Epitheca canis  (I'm assuming it wasn't a Spiny Baskettail, since they haven't been documented in Shasta County).

 

March 13, 2005

Santa Clara County

John Hall, David Edwards

Monte Bello OSP

Monte Bello Succession pond

Swift Forktail (Ischnura erratica) 7 males, 2 females

Monte Bello Pond:

Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula) 5males

Western Forktail (Ischnura perparva) 9 males, 2 females

California Darner (Rhionaeschna californica) 2 males

Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) 1 male

Cardinal Meadowhawk (Sympetrum illotum) 1 female

San Mateo County

Skyline Ridge OSP

Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula) 4 males

Western Forktail (Ischnura perparva) 2 males

California Darner (Rhionaeschna californica) 1 male

Horseshoe Lake:

Bluet,sp (Enallagma species) 1 female

-------

Inyo County

Al Brewster Tony Harrow

Death Valley

We saw a pair of **Ischnura barberi  Desert Forktail [new early flight data] at Salt Creek and a single male at Saratoga Springs.

As for Death Valley, no description or illustration could do it justice this year. I'll just say it's magnificent and worth any effort to visit.

-------

*Libellula saturata Flame Skimmer

 

March 12, 2005     

Shasta County

Ray Bruun              

the Mouth-of-Cottonwood Creek Wildlife Area

*Ischnura denticollis Black-fronted Forktail

-------

Imperial County

Lynn Monroe              

Culp Valley, ABDSP - Paroli Homestead

*Ischnura denticollis Black-fronted Forktail3 dozen males & females

-------

Santa Clara County

John Hall, David Edwards

Monte Bello OSP

Pacific Forktail   5                 

*Ischnura erratica Swift Forktail 9                   

Western Forktail  11                   

California Darner  2                

*Rhionaeschna multicolor   Blue-eyed Darner 1                 

Cardinal Meadowhawk