California's Year 2017

Dragonfly Reports

 

 

Sightings are listed in order from MOST recently to LEAST recently seen! 
Please send your sightings, with date, county and location as displayed below to Kathy Biggs and/or the CalOdes Yahoo! Dragonfly discussion group 
date (month/day/year) 
County (name of county where seen) 
your name 
place, etc. 
species common name &/or scientific name - #s & other data, comments, etc.  
species common name &/or scientific name - #s & other data, comments, etc. 
See examples below (after dates start)
THANK YOU

 

Note: A Facebook Western Odonata group is a wonderful place to get help with IDs, etc. Check it out - https://www.facebook.com/groups/WesternOdonata/ 
 
Key:
Species will be posted using either the Common Name or the Scientific Name, whichever the sender uses (inc. using both), 
but all first and last sightings of the year, county records, and new flight data will be posted using both names. 
To contact the person making the sighting, email Kathy Biggs.
COUNTY RECORDS are underlined and in red text  (any new, but prior to 2016 records are listed at the bottom of the page)
           OC= Odonata Central
* = first/last sighting of species of year in CA 
** = new flight data for species in CA
# = probably a migratory event
MO = many observers (usually means a field trip full of observers)
 
As of the most recent date below,

98 species (out of the 114 species known to have occurred in California) have been reported to this site as flying in California in the 2017 season.

3 new California county records have been reported/discovered/upgraded this year. (this # includes upgrades of previous ‘sighting only’ & photo records)

In 2015, new county records were found by accessing specimens in museum collections or late reports. All were entered at Odonata Central by “Calif Records”.

`Sighting only' records need further documentation, but please report them so we can try to get substantiation.

 

County records should be substantiated with specimen (preferable) or photo and notes. [note: not all species are identifiable by photos]

Report new county records and early/late flight dates to Kathy Biggs bigsnest at sonic.net & Odonata Central (http://odonatacentral.bfl.utexas.edu/records/US_new_records.asp) for verification

EVERYONE is encouraged to record flight data for their home &/or favorite county and to upload such files to CalOdes: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CalOdes/files &/or Odonata Central.

 

 

AUGUST
 

August 12, 2017

Siskiyou County
Kathy & Dave Biggs; Terri & Jay Thesken

We were taken to a new-to-us Ode place yesterday by our friends - Big Carmen Lake.

The lake is on Scott Mt. JUST below the crest, which is the county line between Siskiyou and Trinity Counties.The nearest town would be Callahan.

We spent about 2 hrs circling the very shallow pond, recording which species were there. Temp ~80 with gusty winds and a few clouds in the sky.

The lake (big pond, perhaps ethereal) was quite Lestes rich:

Spotted Spreadwing - several in hand

Northern Spreadwing - several in hand

Black Spreadwing - a few in hand

Lyre-tipped Spreadwing- several in hand & another new site for this species which is uncommon in Calif.

Western Forktail - quite a few

Common Green Darner - 1 male

Aeshna sp. - several, large and dark

Blue-eyed Darner - a few

Eight-spotted Skimmer - at least 2

Twelve-spotted Skimmer - many, and MANY emerging plus many floating dead in the water. Could these be migrants, emerging this late?

Flame Skimmer - at least 1 female

Variegated Meadowhawk - a few

Striped Meadowhawk - abundant

White-faced Meadowhawk - 1 male

 

August 8, 2017

Siskiyou County

Orr Lake and vicinity

Kathy & Dave Biggs; Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball; Sam, Mimi & Elsa Williams

The highlight was being surrounded by swarms of Meadowhawks everywhere we went. 8 of CA’s 10 species of Meadowhawkswere found, and that includes finding the first Cherry-faced Meadowhawks of the year (some years no one reports them in CA). We also found 4 of CA’s 5 species of Lestes there. 11-3:45 with temperatures in the 80-85 range and increasing cloud cover all afternoon

Key

1=first stop along the road into Bray where it crosses a creek

2=second stop along the road into Orr Lake where there is a wet meadow between the road and Butte Creek

3=Orr Lake itself

unless marked otherwise, found at all locations.

Spotted Spreadwing – in hand ID

Northern Spreadwingin hand ID

Lyre-tipped Spreadwing – this is a new location for this species. 2 males and a female in hand. Seen at stops 1 & 3

Emerald Spreadwing – seen by Celise

No/Bo Bluet - few

Pacific Forktail - few

Western Forktail - many

Co. Green Darner - few

Blue-eyed Darner – few, in hand

Paddle-tailed Darner –in hand

Great Basin Snaketail – male and female seen at stop 2, male photographed by Sam

Western Pondhawk – several seen at the lake by Dennis who waded inside the shoreline

Eight-spotted Skimmer – many at the lake

Blue Dasher – several seen at the lake by Dennis who waded inside the shoreline

Variegated Meadowhawk – 1 only seen at stop 1

Saffron-winged Meadowhawk - many

Black Meadowhawk -  a few at 1 & 2

*Cherry-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum internum) – ADUNDANT

Red-veined Meadowhawk - many

White-faced Meadowhawk - many

Striped Meadowhawk  - many

Band-winged Meadowhawk - many

Black Saddlebags   a few at stops 1& 3

 

August 5, 2017

San Mateo County

Leslie Flint

Longridge OSP mostly in San Mateo County, but just south by about 50 yards in Santa Cruz County at the Zen Center pond where there were lots of Odes.

Blue-eyed Darner
Shadow Darner -
maybe (skulking along the shoreline)
Pacific Spiketail
(up on the ridgeline, not at the pond)
Flame Skimmer
Cardinal Meadowhawk
Western Pondhawk
Northern Spreadwing
Arroyo Bluets -
numerous
California Dancer
Vivid Dancer
Western Forktail
Desert Firetail

 

August 4, 2017

San Bernardino County
Robb Hamilton‎
Chino Hills

Neon Skimmer (Libellula croceipennis) Female. I had to crunch through a dense stand of dead thistle and mustard to get within range.

With this species I've noticed that, if an individual wants to perch, it will sometimes actually come closer once it becomes aware of your presence.

That's what this one did -- eventually settling only a few feet away.

 

August 3, 2017

Siskiyou County

Gumboot Lake and vicinity

Kathy & Dave Biggs; Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball and Sam Williams

Highlight (besides the general beauty and wildflowers) was finding multiple CHALK-FRONTED CORPORALS. We had hoped to find RINGED EMERALD- but we weren't able to net any of the Emeralds we saw. One did appear to be patterned though, so it MAY have been there.

Key: 

Unless marked otherwise, Gumboot Lake

GC - Creek just above the turn off to Gumboot Lake

SS - Sweet Spot, the spring and pond and meadow about a mile above Gumboot Lake's turnoff. Where the road makes a sharp 'elbow'

Northern Spreadwing -abundant, many tenerals

Vivid Dancer - some at GC & SS

Boreal Bluet - abundant

Western Forktail - a few males at far end of the lake

Grappletail - a few at GC

Variable Darner - one in-hand, others possibly this species

Common Green Darner - several

Blue-eyed Darner - a few

Emerald sp. - a few in the morning, possibly a Ringed and others (American &/or Mt). One at SS (!!) that wasn't a Ringed.

Pacific Spiketail - 1 at GC

Crimson-ringed Whiteface - many

Dot-tailed Whiteface - a few males

Chalk-fronted Corporal - several!!

Eight-spotted Skimmer - 1 or 2

Twelve-spotted Skimmer - abundant

Striped Meadowhawk - a few, inc. pairs in wheel

Black Saddlebags - a few

18 species

…….

Shasta County

Hugh Ranson

Lily Pond & Reflection Lake

*White-faced Meadowhawk Sympetrum obtrusum also seen at Lake McCumber.

My visit to the Lassen (CA) area has come to an end. So much to see. One of the most interesting things was to visit lakes at varying elevations to see what was out and about.

Crimson-ringed Whiteface were ridiculously abundant at Summit Lake, while Hudsonian Whiteface were common at Crumbaugh Lake. Some species were common on one end of a lake and absent at the other. At the south end McCumber Lake there were swarms of Band-winged Meadowhawks, while their place was taken by White-faced Meadowhawks at the marshy north end. It's a pleasure getting to see odes in such abundance. Others seen

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Emerald Spreadwing

Northern Spreadwing

 

July 29 - August 2, 2017

Shasta County

Hugh Ranson

Echo Lake

*Variable Darner Aeshna interrupta - found dead  8/1/2017

Band-winged Meadowhawk

Emerald sp—abundant, 30-40 over the lake at any one time.

American Emerald  4  (these landed)

Darner sp.  30

No/Bo Bluet  3

One teneral whiteface, either Crimson-ringed or Hudsonian

Cold Boiling Lake, Lassen National Park

Lyre-tipped Spreadwing - female (thanks Jim Johnson for confirming id) OC#:469376

Spreadwing sp.  3

Many teneral whiteface, either Crimson-ringed or Hudsonian—no adults seen

Emerald sp.  Many over the lake

Darner sp 10

Variable Darner  2 photographed

Summit Lake, Shingletown

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Hoary Skimmer

Crimson-ringed Whiteface - huge numbers (1,000+)

Northern Spreadwing  4

Grappletail

American Emerald 1

Emerald sp  30

Four-spotted Skimmer 2

Darner sp   5

Western Forktail  8

Crumbaugh Lake, Lassen NP

Taiga Bluet several  at least 4

Hudsonian Whiteface at least 3 adults

Whiteface sp tenerals, either Crimson-ringed or Hudsonian --100s

Emerald sp.  30 –the few I photographed were all American

Bailey Creek, near Shingletown

Striped Meadowhawk

Spotted Spreadwing -2

Lake McCumber

Band-winged Meadowhawk  100s (1000s?)

Variegated Meadowhawk  10

Striped Meadowhawk  5

Dot-tailed Whiteface  3

Twelve-spotted Skimmer  50

Darner sp.  20

Common Green Darner  10

Flame Skimmer  2

Four-spotted Skimmer  3

Northern Spreadwing  20

Vivid Dancer  100+

Tule Bluet  1000s

Western Forktail  10

No/Bo Bluets  20

Boreal Bluet  1 examined in hand

Pond at Living Springs Campsite, near Shingletown 

W. Pondhawk  10

Blue Dasher  4

Black Saddlebags  2

Common Green Darner  1

Darner sp  1

Bluet sp.  5

Manzanita Lake, Lassen NP

Crimson-ringed Whiteface    1

Blue-eyed Darner  2

Darner sp.  20

Common Green Darner  5

Four-spotted Skimmer  2

Withrow Road, near Shingletown

Hoary Skimmer  6+

Twelve-spotted Skimmer  2

Flame Skimmer  2

Pacific Spiketail  1

Vivid Dancer  20

Striped Meadowhawk  3

Grappletail

(30 species for the whole vacation!)

 

 

July
 

July 24, 2017

Mono County

Leslie Flint and Donna Pomeroy

Spent about an hour at River Springs. It had clouded over and a few sprinklings of rain added to the fun. Here's my list with a few photos on FacebookFlame Skimmer - numerous
Saffron-winged Meadowhawk - 6+
Striped Meadowhawk - 1 (not entirely sure since it didn't have entirely black legs - see photo)
Variegated Meadowhawk - numerous
*Black Meadowhawk Sympetrum danae - 12+ females only

Band-winged Meadowhawk
Hoary Skimmer - 1
Desert Whitetail - 3 females
Mosiac Darners - dozens
Paddle-tailed Darner - 1 photographed
Bluets - dozens but unable to photograph any! arg
Black-fronted Forktail - 6+
Vivid Dancer - dozens
Spotted Spreadwing
- 6+

 

 

July 21, 2017

Placer County

Wim van Dam 

Watson Lake:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/van_dam/35256810334/

Taiga Bluet Coenagrion resolutum 

Santa Barbara County

Northstar area

Western Forktail

Wandering Glider

Spot-winged Glider

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

 

July 20, 2017

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs; Celise Sharpe

Juanita Lake 12-4, 75F, 4700 elevation, 1-4

Spotted Spreadwing - several in hand

Northern Spreadwing -  a few in hand

No/Bo Bluet

Pacific Forktail - fewer than Westerns

Western Forktail - abundant, both pruinose mature females and young orange- colored females seen.

*Paddle-tailed Darner Aeshna palmata - one male caught by Dennis. Perhaps a few others seen.

Blue-eyed Darner - a few

Co. Green Darner - a few

Western Pondhawk - only on the SE side of the lake

Dot-tailed Whiteface - abundant

Eight-spotted Skimmer - some, mostly at the NW side of the lake, interesting to see this division by species

Twelve-spotted Skimmer - some, mostly at the Eastern side of the lake, interesting to see this division by species

Four-spotted Skimmer - a few

Common Whitetail - ONE male and ONE female, both on the Eastern end of the lake

Variegated Meadowhawk - a few

Cardinal Meadowhawk - possibly one seen by Celise and Dennis

Red-veined Meadowhawk - SUPER ABUNDANT, easily 1000 (last year we only saw 1!!)

Striped Meadowhawk  - some

On the way home, we stopped nearby at a pond directly west of Hwy 97 by the strawberry fields. It is at a lower elevation, only 3900’, 4:30-5:00. We added

Band-winged Meadowhawks and

Black Saddlebags

…….

Riverside County

Nathan Moorhatch and Doug Karalun
Blythe - We checked canals, cottonwoods, and the river at 4th Ave. 
Familiar Bluet
*Double striped Bluet Enallagma basidens
Blue ringed Dancer
Green Darner
*White belted Ringtail Erpetogomphus compositus
*Russet Tipped Clubtail Stylurus plagiatus
Blue Dasher
Mexican Amberwing
Flame Skimmer
Widow Skimmer
*Roseate Skimmer Orthemis ferruginea
Pale faced Clubskimmer
Wandering Glider
Spot winged Glider
Black Saddlebags
 
July 17, 2017
Siskiyou County

Michael and Muriel Plank

We went to Gumboot Lake and Orr Lake.

Gumboot Lake

Emerald Spreadwing

Boreal Bluet

Common Green Darner

California Darner

American Emerald

Crimson-ringed Whiteface

Hudsonian Whiteface

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Chalk-fronted Corporal

Eight-spotted Skimmer

Four-spotted Skimmer

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Variegated Meadowhawk

Striped Meadowhawk

Black Saddlebags

Orr Lake

Northern Spreadwing

Emerald Spreadwing

Northern Bluet

Boreal Bluet

Pacific Forktail

Western Forktail

Common Green Darner

Blue-eyed Darner

Eight-spotted Skimmer

Variegated Meadowhawk

*Saffron-winged Meadowhawk Sympetrum costiferum

Red-veined Meadowhawk

Striped Meadowhawk

Band-winged Meadowhawk

A great day of being in the mountains.

 
July 16, 2017
Siskiyou County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Pumice Stone Well (off Harris Springs Rd) Still somewhat flooded
Spotted  Spreadwing – one in hand
Northern Spreadwings – some
*Lyre-tipped Spreadwing Lestes unguiculatus – one female and one male in hand, others photographed
No/Bo Bluet – some
Tule Bluet – 1 photographed
Western Forktail - many
Co. Green Darner – a few
Blue-eyed Darner – a few
Mosaic Darner sp.- a dozen or less
American Emerald – many
Hudsonian Whiteface  – 1 male
Dot-tailed Whiteface – 1 male
Crimson-ringed Whiteface  – 1 male
Twelve-spotted Skimmer – 1 male
Four-spotted Skimmer – 1 male
Variegated Meadowhawk – some
Striped Meadowhawk – few
Grasshopper Flat (off Harris Springs Rd) This site has NO water at all.
Northern Spreadwings – 10 –all but one females
Co. Green Darner – a few
Darner sp.- a couple dozen
Variegated Meadowhawk – some
Striped Meadowhawk – few

Meadowhawk sp – 1 female that was neither of the above

…….

Humboldt County

Sandra Hunt-von Arb

Snow Camp Lake at approx 4,500 ft in elevation in, CA. Private Property- visited with permission. 11 Species of odes located (not all pictured) in order of abundance.
Four-spotted Skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata)
Dot-tailed whiteface (Leucorrhinia intacta)
*Mountain Emerald (Somatochlora semicircularis)
Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis)
*Chalk-fronted Corporal (Ladona julia)
Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella)
Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor)
Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula)
Western Forktail (Ischnura perparva)
Common Green Darner (Anax junius)
*Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata)

Of note: Not a single meadowhawk (Sympetrum). Several species have been found here before- too early? after late/low elevation snows?

 
July 15, 2017
Siskiyou County
Kathy & Dave Biggs; Irene & Bryce Barlow
Echo Way, Mt. Shasta Forest, McCloud
Wandering Glider Pantala flavescens- one female photographed, CA Chart #7, OC # 467030
Note: she was alone, not part of a swarm
 
July 13, 2017

El Dorado County

Dave Dannenbrink

Cameron Park

Libellula saturata Flame  Skimmer – male photographed

 
July 11, 2017
Trinity County
Kathy & Dave Biggs; Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball; Sam Williams
Deadfall Meadows there is a ‘finger’ of Trinity County that extends up the backside of Mt. Eddy
Spreadwing – 1 female
Vivid Dancers – a few
Black Petaltail – 9, at least 2 were females
Darners sp – at least one was a Blue-eyed – a few
Variegated Meadowhawks – hundreds, but dispersed and on territories, those observed/photographed appeared quite young and fresh
Siskiyou County - seen nearby along the road going in/out on Deadfall Meadows
Pacific Spiketails – at least 3 flying over the roads
Twelve-spotted Skimmer – 1 alongside the road

…….

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson
Rattlesnake Canyon
:
*Great Spreadwing Archilestes grandis   ( 1 young female--very early)
Vivid Dancer  --c.60
Red Rock Skimmer  -- 6 (2 females, 1 ovipositing)
Walker's Darner -- 4
Pacific Spiketail -- 2

Rancho Goleta Lake

Red-tailed Pennant -- 4 (a female ovipositing and 3 males)

Blue Dasher   --  6, all males

Common Green Darner  --  1

 
July 9, 2017
Inyo County
Ron & Barbara Oriti
Blackrock Wetlands
*Olive Clubtail Stylurus olivaceous
 Common Green Darners  - two hanging up, and each one was having a Wandering Glider for lunch!  Ron got photos. 
 
July 8, 2017

Modoc County

Michael & Muriel Plank

Stough reservoir Campground – Our 1st time to visit for dragonflies. Really enjoyed the spot

*Hudsonian Whiteface Leucorrhinia hudsonica - 1 male

*Crimson-ringed Whiteface Leucorrhinia glacialis - 2 males

Dot-tailed Whiteface Leucorrhinia intacta - 3

American Emerald - 2

California Darner

Common Green Darner

Common Whitetail

Eight-spotted Skimmers

Twelve-spotted Skimmers

 

July 9, 2017

Modoc County

Michael & Muriel Plank

Glenn Hot springs:

Desert Whitetail

Comanche Skimmers

Bleached Skimmer - 1

Hoary Skimmers

Eight-spotted Skimmers

Twelve-spotted Skimmers

Emerald Spreadwing

Northern Spreadwing

Paiute Dancer

Variegated Meadowhawks

Twenty Mile Creek

*Pale Snaketail Ophiogomphus severus

Eight-spotted Skimmers

Twelve-spotted Skimmers

Aztec Dancer

Emma's Dancer

Vivid Dancer

 

July 7, 2017
Sonoma County
Dave Barry

Bodega Bay

*Northern Spreadwing Lestes disjunctus – male, only 3rd  known county sighting

…….

Santa Clara County

Owen Holt

Colorado Creek along Mines Road

Giant Darner (Anax walsinghami) CA chart #148, OC# 466282

 

July 4, 2017
Mono County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
HWY 395, 7000+ elevation, west of Bridgeport, below Burcham Flat Rd

*River Bluet (Enallagma anna)

…….

Lassen County

McCoy Flat Reservoir off Hwy 44, 83F, 3-3:30

Four-spotted Skimmer

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Variegated Meadowhawk

Boreal Bluet

Western Forktail

Hwy 395, 7000+’
River Bluet (Enallagma anna) – several, one male collectedJuly 3, 2017    
Inyo County
Ron & Barbara Oriti; Kathy & Dave Biggs
Various spots between Bishop and Lone Pine and north of Bishop including Black Rock Wetlands, Saunders Pond, McNally Canals and flood ponds, - pretty much the same species everywhere unless marked otherwise

American Rubyspot – one; on part of the Big Pine Canal

Common Green Darner

Blue-eyed Darner

Giant Darner – one; only seen at Keough Hot Ditch

Gray Sanddragon – one, Keough Hot Ditch

Western River Cruiser – one, on part of the Big Pine Canal

Pacific Spiketails - a few at Baker Creek Campground

Flame Skimmer- many

Eight-spotted Skimmer – many

Western Pondhawk – many

Blue Dasher – very many
Black Saddlebags - many
Red Saddlebags - some
#Wandering Glider –CLOUDS of them, 10s of thousands
#Spot- winged Glider – many mixed in with the Wanderings
#Variegated Meadowhawk – CLOUDS of them, thousands & thousands
 
July 2, 2017    
San Bernardino County_Day 4 of CalOdes Blitz (+ means first time seen on Blitz)
BLITZ team: Matthew Grube, Doug Karalun and Roger Woodruff (a friend just getting into odes). Adding this species brings the Blitz total to 46 species
Grass Valley Lake
+Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia)
Inyo County_Day 4 of CalOdes Blitz (+ means first time seen on Blitz)
BLITZ team: Kathy & Dave Biggs en route home. Adding these species brings the Blitz total to 49 species
Dirty Socks Springs, Owens Dry Lake, fierce winds, 96F
Common Green Darner
+Desert Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) our foy
Bleached Skimmer – many
Flame Skimmer - 2
Western Pondhawk – many
Mazourka Springs area, east of Lone Pine
+Band-winged Meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum) - one – our FOY
Red Saddlebags - one
Common Green Darner - one
Blue Dasher - some
+Eight-spotted Skimmer (Libellula forensis) – some
 
July 1, 2017    
San Bernardino County_Day 3 of CalOdes Blitz (+ means first time seen on Blitz)
BLITZ team: Doug Karalun, Kathy & Dave Biggs, Sandra Hunt-von Arb, BJ Stacey, Matthew Grube
Deep Creek @ Mojave River Confluence - Lower section of Deep Creek with some desert influence. Sandy bottomed rather than rocky. Hiked in around a mile. 97F, clear, gusty 19 species seen; 45 species for Blitz total.

American Rubyspot

California Dancer

+Aztec Dancer (Argia nahuana)

Vivid Dancer

Arroyo Bluet

Serpent Ringtail

Gray Sanddragon

Common Green Darner

Giant Darner (Anax walsinghami) [lifer for Sandra]

Blue-eyed Darner

Western River Cruiser

Western Pondhawk

Pale-faced Clubskimmer

Flame Skimmer

Blue Dasher

Red Rock Skimmer

Wandering Glider

Black Saddlebags

Red Saddlebags

Lost Lake - Foothill riparian area and fault seep pond.85F, clear, windy

Tule Bluet

No/Bo Bluet

Familiar Bluet

Gray Sanddragon

+Giant Darner (Anax walsinghami)

Blue-eyed Darner

Western Pondhawk

Flame Skimmer

Bleached Skimmer [lifer for BJ]

Variegated Meadowhawk

Black Saddlebags

+Red Saddlebags (Tramea onusta)

Plunge Creek – small lowland riparian area

California Dancer

Vivid Dancer

Pacific Forktail

Blue-eyed Darner

+Pale-faced Clubskimmer (Brechmorhoga mendax)

+*Neon Skimmer (Libellula croceipennis)

Flame Skimmer

East Highland Reservoir - Man made lowland pond. Access by HOA members only. This was the perfect way to end the blitz, sitting in the shade by the pond and watching the Ode activity.

Common Green Darner

+*Red-tailed Pennant (Brachymesia furcata)

Flame Skimmer

+Mexican Amberwing (Perithemis intensa)

Blue Dasher

Western Pondhawk

Tule Bluet

Pacific Forktail

…….

Lassen County

Tom Benson

Papoose Meadows near Eagle Lake at dusk

Emerald Spreadwings - dozens (hundreds?)

 

June
 

June 30, 2017

San Bernardino County_Day 2 of CalOdes Blitz (+ means first time seen on Blitz)
BLITZ team: Doug Karalun, Kathy & Dave Biggs, Sandra Hunt-von Arb, BJ Stacey

Bluff Lake- Higher elevation lake and wetland.  Drove up via dirt road. 7 species seen. Count total 19

Emerald Spreadwing

Northern Bluet (Enallagma annexum)

+Boreal Bluets (E. boreale)

Common Green Darner

+Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) – female in hand

Wandering Glider

Variegated Meadowhawk

Green Valley Lake near Arrowbear - Man made mountain pond. Drove up via paved road. 8 species Count total 19

+Emerald Spreadwing (Lestes dryas)

Northern Bluet

Western Forktail

Common Green Darner

Blue-eyed Darner

Flame Skimmer

Glider sp.

Black Saddlebags

Deep Creek – a mountain trout stream with a rocky bottom. Drove up via bumpy dirt road. Hiked down river channel. 19 species seen. Count total 37 species seen

+American Rubyspot (Hetaerina americana)

+Sooty Dancer (Argia lugens)

+Lavender Dancer (Argia hinei) – lifer for the Biggs & Sandra

+Vivid Dancer (Argia vivida)

+Northern Bluet

+Arroyo Bluet (Enallagma praevarum)

+Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula)

+Western Forktail (I. perparva)

+*Bison Snaketail (Ophiogomphus bison)

+Grappletail (Octogomphus specularis) – one, lifer for BJ

+Serpent Ringtail (Erpetogomphus lampropeltis lampropeltis) –2, lifer for the Biggs & Sandra

Gray Sanddragon

+Walker’s Darner (Aeshna walkeri)

+Western River Cruiser (Macromia magnifica) – lifer for BJ

+Pacific Spiketail (Cordulegaster dorsalis) – lifer for BJ

Flame Skimmer

+Red Rock Skimmer (Paltothemis lineatipes) - abundant, many females seen

Variegated Meadowhawk

+Cardinal Meadowhawk (Sympetrum illotum)

 

June 29, 2017

San Bernardino County Day 1 of CalOdes Blitz (+ means first time seen on Blitz)
BLITZ team: Doug Karalun, Kathy & Dave Biggs, Sandra Hunt-von Arb

Harper Dry Lake - Man made small desert wetland. Drove up dirt road. 8 species seen Count total 18

Dancer sp.

Desert Forktail

+Rambur’s Forktail (Ischnura ramburii)

Aeshna sp.

Common Green Darner

Blue Dasher

Western Pondhawk

Bleached Skimmer

Afton Canyon - Mojave River rises to the surface here with reeds, grasses and trees. Drove up dirt road with some sandy parts. 100, clear, calm, hazy. 11 species seen Count total 17

+California Dancer (Argia agrioides)

Familiar Bluet

+Black-fronted Forktail (Ischnura denticollis)

Desert Forktail

+Desert Firetail (Telebasis salva)

Common Green Darner

+Gray Sanddragon (Progomphus borealis)

Western Pondhawk

Comanche Skimmers

Bleached Skimmer

Flame Skimmer

Blue Dasher

Zzyzx Springs 99F clear, calm hazy 13 species seen. Count total 13

+Tule Bluet (Enallagma carunculatum)

+Familiar Bluet (E. civile)

+Desert Forktail (Ischnura barberi)

+Common Green Darner (Anax junius)

+Western Pondhawk (Erythemis collocata)

+Comanche Skimmers (Libellula comanche)

+Bleached Skimmer (L. composita)

+Flame Skimmer (L. saturata)

+Roseate Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea) – 1 female

+Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

+Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens)

+Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)

+Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata)

Also seen – Lesser Nighthawk & Prairie Falcon

 
June 27, 2017    
Inyo County
Ron & Barbara Oriti
Black Rock Wetlands
*Band-winged Meadowhawk Sympetrum semicinctum
TONS of Odes at this spot – full report later
…….
Lassen County
Paul Johnson

Ash Creek Wildlife Area

In about 0.1 mile of creek, not paying super close attention to odes, we saw the following:

Bluets (unidentified) - common

Emma's Dancer - 3

American Rubyspot - 12

River Jewelwing - 30+

Darner sp. - 1

8-spotted Skimmer - 5

At the nearby pond, I also saw:

Western Forktail 

Western [Band-winged] Meadowhawk

12-spotted Skimmer

Common Whitetail

 

June 26, 2017

San Bernardino County
Doug Karalun
Deep Creek
*Serpent Ringtail Erpetogomphus lampropeltis lampropeltis

 

June 22, 2017

Siskiyou County
Kathy Biggs and Nancy Bauer
Dragonfly Roost Pond, Mt. Shasta Forest, McCloud, 4570’, 1

No/Bo Bluet – many pairs + single males

Western Forktailmale and female

12-spotted Skimmer – 2 males, 3 ovipositing females at the same time!

Flame Skimmer – a male, species #19 for the pond

 

June 21, 2017

Colusa County
Greg Kareofellas
Lestes stultus, 1
…….
San Bernardino County
Doug Karalun
Deep Creek
*Lavender Dancer Argia hinei
 
June 18, 2017    
Inyo County
Ron & Barbara Oriti
Big Pine Canal
Variegateds –TONS
 
June 17, 2017    
Inyo County
Ron & Barbara Oriti
McNally Canal
Variegateds –TONS
…….
Lassen County
Doug Danforth
Ash Creek Campground area. It was as beautiful as ever and loaded with odonates.
four River Jewelwing (Calopteryx aequabilis) - a lifer.
hundreds of Grappletail (Octogomphus specularis)
one Pacific Clubtail (Phanogomphus kurilis)
one *Great Basin Clubtail (Ophiogomphus morrisoni).
*Emerald Spreadwing (Lestes dryas)
American Rubyspot
Vivid Dancer
Eight-spotted Skimmer
a teneral Red-veined Meadowhawk
Further east along Ash Valley Rd where the road crosses as a small pond and marsh outlet
numerous Pacific Clubtail landing on the roadway and vertically on the wall of a metal diversion gate a couple of Flame Skimmers which I had not seen at the Ash Creek Campground
Tule Bluet
Common Whitetail
Black Saddlebags
Pacific Forktail
Blue-eyed Darner
I said it before but this area is just so scenic.. There were so many wildflowers and butterflies that I was distracted from Odonata searching constantly.

 

June 16, 2017

Shasta County

Michael and Muriel Plank

Lake McCumber  near Shingletown - 110 outside at 4PM.

First day looking for dragonflies this year due to weather and remodel of our home.

It was a great day.

*Boreal Bluets Enallagma boreale by the hundreds

Familiar Bluets by the hundreds

Common Whitetails

Four-spotted Skimmers

Twelve-spotted Skimmers

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Cardinal Meadowhawk

Red-veined Meadowhawk

*Mountain Emeralds Somatochlora semicircularis

Pacific Clubtails

At Withrow Rd. below Shingletown

*Hoary Skimmers Libellula nodisticta  

Flame Skimmers

 

June 14, 2017

Sonoma County

Kathy Biggs, Doug Karalun

We followed Alan Wight's route from last week and found Doug’s 2 desired species:

Exclamation Damsel - 1 male where Blutcher Creek crosses Bloomfield Rd.(the nursery was closed or we'd have gone there)

San Francisco Forktail - 1 male next to Stormy's Tavern at Bloomfield Creek. Another along this creek where it passes under Valley Ford Rd.

Also seen there - Cardinal Meadowhawk, darner sp., Western Forktail

Also looked at another site ~ half mile north of there where Tim Manolis and I had seen them before. Found another male SF Forktail at the site by a farmhouse.

About a mile south of Bloomfield, where Estero Americana Ck passes under Valley Ford Rd, we found about 15 SF Forktails, including a pair in wheel where the female is andromorphic. 464394

 

June 13, 2017

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Big Pine Canal

Western River Cruisers – several

…….

Lassen County

Tim & Annette Manolis

Blue Lake

*Spiny Baskettail Epitheca spinigera - I observed small numbers of tenerals just emerging from the edge of the lake near the first parking lot (boat ramp and day use).

 

June 12, 2017

Sonoma County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Sebastopol backyard

*Walker’s Darner Aeshna walkeri

 

June 11, 2017

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Bartlett Spgs

Comanche Skimmers - couple

 

June 10, 2017

Sonoma County

Kathy & Dave Biggs and the SF Photography Club

Bigsnest Wildlife Pond, Sebastopol

Pacific Forktail- many

Western Forktail - many

Pacific Spiketail - Kathy saw it do 3 quick flybies in the back

Flame Skimmer - males

Blue Dasher – males, female, ovipositing

Common Whitetail – a quick flyby

Cardinal Meadowhawk– males, female, ovipositing

Striped Meadowhawk – our foy, young male (it’s been a few yrs since we’ve had one here)

Alan Wight

I looked for San Francisco Forktails at the known locations in Bloomfield, Sonoma County.  I didn’t find any.  This was mainly because the deep ditch south of Valley Ford Road is now fenced off so I wasn’t able to look along the ditch.

I then drove back toward Petaluma and stopped where Americano Creek crosses Valley Ford Road just west of the north end of Carmody Road.  I saw two San Francisco Forktails on the south side of the road and at least four on the north side.  This is a little over a mile from the Bloomfield location.

Here’s a photo of one:http://www.sonic.net/~shwand/odonata/san_francisco_forktail_0159.jpg

Also, I saw two Exclamation Damsels along Blucher Creek where it crosses Bloomfield Road.  This has been a fairly reliable spot for this species over the years (I check here each year in June while doing my annual breeding bird census).

 

June 8, 2017

Calaveras County

Beulah Brown

private pond in Avery, at 4,200 feet

California Darner (Rhionaeschna californica)

Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia)

Red Saddlebags (Tramea onusta) - male photographed

 

June 5, 2017

San Bernardino County

Doug Karalun

Got out to Deep Creek for the first time this year.  Water is definitely deeper than last year.

Splinter's Cabin Day Use Area

Northern Bluet >10

Vivid Dancer Present in decent numbers. It is our default Argia along streams.

Western Forktail 6

Pacific Forktail 10 or so

Blue-eyed Darner One.

Bison Snaketail Numerous and first ode seen today

Grappletail Saw one away from water perched on a branch. 

Red Rock Skimmer Numerous

Devil's Hole 

American Rubyspot 1

Bluet sp. Abundant

Blue-eyed Darner 2

Western River Cruiser

Flame Skimmer 2

Red Rock Skimmer 3

 

June 4, 2017

San Bernardino County

Doug Karalun

Plunge Creek today to see what has changed in the last few weeks.

Vivid Dancer 20+

*Pale-faced Clubskimmer Brechmorhoga mendax 1

Flame Skimmer 5

Red Rock Skimmer 1

…….

Sonoma County

Sandra Hunt-von Arb

Lake Sonoma-We camped in the Yorty Creek arm, but this is at the very end of the Brushy Creek arm

Exclamation Damsel – photographed, 4-5, all males

 

June 3, 2017

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Bartlett Spgs

Desert Whitetails - lots                                          

*Hoary Skimmers Libellula nodisticta – some

Inyo County
BJ Stacey

Big Pine Canal at Reynolds Rd
Eight-spotted Skimmer Libellula forensis 
168--Owens River (Inyo County)
American Rubyspot Hetaerina americana 
395--Division Creek Rest Area 
Eight-spotted Skimmer Libellula forensis 
Spot-winged Glider Pantala hymenaea 
Cottonwood Rd (Off 395)
Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata  June 2, 2017 Modoc NWR
Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia 
Bluets (Damselflies) Genus Enallagma 

June 2, 2017

Sonoma County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Bigsnest Wildlife Pond, Sebastopol

Pacific Forktail

Western Forktail

Pacific Spiketail

Eight-spotted Skimmer

Widow Skimmer – first one since 1996!!

Flame Skimmer

Blue Dasher

Common Whitetail

Cardinal Meadowhawk

9 species in one day ties the pond’s diversity record.

…….

Inyo County
BJ Stacey

395-Rest Area--Lassen County
Vivid Dancer Argia vivida 
Western Forktail Ischnura perparva 

 

June 1, 2017

Colusa County

Greg Kareofellas

Near Fout’s Springs

Epitheca canis - 100-200, I have never seen so many before

*Tanypteryx hageni Black Petaltail. Just about ready to take a pic when a female flew by and off the male went.

Unknown Sympetrum,

probable   Rhionaeschna multicolor

Phanogomphus kurilis

 

May

 

May 30, 2017

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Dragonfly Roost backyard pond, Mt. Shasta Forest, McCloud

Four-spotted Skimmer – EIGHT emerged from the pond today!

 

May 29, 2017

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Soda Springs/Beaver pond on Squaw Creek, McCloud

There were a few more species flying, but the Swift Forktails  were mighty hard to find. We thought we'd found the first Western Red Damsels of the year until we talked to Celise Sharp who had them yesterday at her pond!

*Western Red Damsel Amphiagrion abbreviatum - a few: first of year seen yesterday in Big Springs by Celise Sharpe and Dennis Ball

Bluet sp.  - 1 m

Swift Forktail - a  few

Pacific Forktail - a few

Western Forktail - abundant

Co. Green Darner - 1 or more

CA Darner - 1 or more, 1 seen well while perching

Blue-eyed Darner - maybe one of this species

Twelve-spotted Skimmer - several males

Common Whitetail - many males

Cardinal Meadowhawk - 1-3 males

At our backyard pond in Mt. Shasta Forest, McCloud

Western Forktail - a few

Darner sp - possibly a CA Darner

Twelve-spotted Skimmer - 2 males

Common Whitetail - 1 male

and the first exuvia of the year found on the pond.

 

May 28, 2017

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

 the middle Santa Ynez River:

Pacific Forktail  2

Northern Bluet  2 netted

Arroyo Bluet    2 netted

Bluet sp.  20

California Dancer  1

Variegated Meadowhawk 10 (including several teneral)

Cardinal Meadowhawk  3

Flame Skimmer  12

Red Rock Skimmer  3

Giant Darner  2

…….

Mono County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

River Spg,   

*Desert Whitetail Plathemis subornata - couple

DeChambeau Ponds

Black Saddlebags - couple

 

May 27, 2017

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Paradise Road, the gateway to the middle Santa Ynez River

This, finally reopened yesterday. The road had been blocked by landslides, and the river crossings were covered by debris. Since I became interested in dragonflies 5 years ago, this has been one of my go-to places. The watershed has also been in drought for these same 5 years, meaning that odonata activity was restricted largely to isolated pools in the river bed. In those years numbers of odes gradually diminished. For example, three years ago I saw 17 Serpent Ringtails in one binocular sweep, but I saw only one last year. Much the same was true for Gray Sanddragons and Western River Cruisers.

I saw very little along the flowing river today. There was only one dancer, a California, where they are usually common. There is not much emergent vegetation yet, and I'm sure it will take time for the river to "restock" with odes after their decimation. I wonder how long. I also wonder if the scouring action of the river, when it was really flowing, could have washed away many of the remaining nymphs. 

One of my favorite pools at Live Oak Day Use area no longer exists because the river changed course there. It is now dry where there used to be a deep pool.

There were quite a few Variegated Meadowhawks about, including some tenerals and some old ones. The highlight was seeing two Giant Darners.

 

May 25, 2017

Colusa County

Leslie Flint

Several spots along Bear Creek. I have never been there this early and the creek was very high and some of my favorite spots were barely accessible. I couldn't get into the reeds so my species list is small:

Gray Sanddragon - 12+ (more than I have ever seen at one time)
Pacific Clubtail - 1 (brief)
Variegated Meadowhawk - 2
Flame Skimmer - 12+
Common Whitetail - 2
No/Bo Bluets - many
*Sooty Dancer Argia lugens - 6

…….

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs; Greg Kareofellas

Shasta River @ Hudson Road, 12-3:30. 76-81F, calm, but water very high and fast

River Jewelwing -  many dozen, they were everywhere we looked

American Rubyspot -  maybe 10

Western Forktail - several

*Emma's Dancer  Argia emmamany
Vivid Dancer – some
No/Bo Bluet – a few
Western Forktailssome

Co. Green Darner - 1 m seem by Kathy & Dave

California Darner – several males
Pacific Clubtail – several dozen, the males were quite abundant
Klamath River at 1st ‘put in’ ~1 mile upstream from the Highway Bridge
River Jewelwing – some
Vivid Dancer – at least one
Sinuous Snaketail – a few emerging
Pacific Clubtail – a few emerging
Baskettail sp – probably Beaverpond Baskettail – 2 m seen by Kathy
 

May 24, 2017

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Soda Springs, McCloud, 4-4:30 80F - pond mostly already in the shade

Pacific Forktail - several

Western Forktail - several

*Swift Forktail Ischnura erratica - 3 m & 1 orange teneral female (photo)

*Walker's Darner Aeshna walkeri - 1 m (possibly this species, bright white wide side stripes but I couldn't see a spine on the appendages, no photo)

Co. Green Darner - 1 m

12-spotted Skimmer - 2 m & 1 f

Co. Whitetail - 2 m

…….

San Bernardino County

Tom Benson

Seven Oaks Reservoir

Common Whitetail – OC#463004

 
May 23, 2017 
Inyo County
Ron & Barbara Oriti
Keoughs     
Gray Sanddragons - a few 
 
May 21, 2017
Siskiyou County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Mt. Shasta Forest, McCloud
Twelve-spotted Skimmer – 2 males inc. one pair in wheel
Bluet sp (Northern or Boreal)
…….
Mariposa County
Matthew Matthiessen
This location is on private property, physically closest to (and east of) the town of Midpines
Beaverpond Baskettail Epitheca canis - ~20 photo of a female CA Chart# 101, OC#463317
 
May 20, 2017
Colusa County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Bear Creek, 1:30-2:00, 89F, breezy, lots of water!
American Rubyspot – 1 m, 1 f
California Dancer – 1 m photographed
Tule Bluet
No/Bo Bluets
California Darner
Blue-eyed Darner – more abundant the the CA Darners (no Anax seen at all)
Pacific Clubtail – 1 male photographed
*Western River Cruiser Macromia magnifica – 1-3 males seen, photographed. No exuvia under the bridge though
Flame Skimmer – dozens, but probably less than a 100
…….
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson 
Seaside Nursery in Carpinteria
Rambur's Forktail – a male. This is now the fourth year these beasts have appeared (emerged) at the tiny pond there. Also present were three 
Pacific Forktails, a 
Blue Dasher, and a 
Flame Skimmer
…….
Sacramento County
Tim Manolis & Sacamento Audubon field trip members
American River Parkway,  Stuff this year is very late, not surprising, all the rivers are running high and cold.  Very few dragonflies seen today or in recent weeks.  are flying at the American River spot, though.
Sinuous Snaketail (Ophiogomphus occidentis) – only one
Exclamation Damsels – some

……. 

Inyo County
Ron & Barbara Oriti

Big Pine Canal 

Giant Darners – a couple

 
May 18, 2017
Colusa County
Greg Kareofellas
Little Stony Creek 
*Grappletail Octogomphus specularis – 1 male photographed
…….
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Their Sebastopol backyard
Cardinal Meadowhawks – males guarding, females ovipositing 
Flame Skimmers - males guarding, a female ovipositing 
Pacific Spiketail Cordulegaster dorsalis 1 female hunting in the backyard
Blue Dasher – 2 immature males
Pacific Forktails – MANY
Western Forktailsome
Vivid Dancer – in backyard, not at pond
No/Bo Bluet – 1 male
Black Spreadwing – 1 male
Common Whitetail – 1 male flyby late in the afternoon
Alan Wight
Keysight Technologies, Santa Rosa
Pacific Spiketail - my first of the year.  One of my favorites!  It was a male.
 
May 17, 2017
San Mateo County
Jennifer Rycenga
Park where Bay Meadows Track used to be
Black Spreadwing Lestes stultus first one reported in county in decades
 
May 15, 2017
Sacramento County
Tim Manolis
American River Parkway
*Sinuous Snaketail (Ophiogomphus occidentis) - a couple along the at my usual spot behind Rio Americano High School 
 
May 14, 2017
Riverside County
Peter Siminski
Dos Palmas Preserve; Dos Palmas oasis, Felger oasis, Agua Farms and fish ponds; Elev. -100’ to -240’; 7:00-12:40, 66-90F, altostratus clearing by end of walk, light air. 4.25 miles.
Paiute Dancer, Argia Alberta 1
Powdered Dancer, A. moesta 1
Blue-ringed Dancer, A. sedula 2
Rambur’s Forktail, Ischnura ramburii 2
Variegated Meadowhawk, Sympetrum corruptum 1
Western Pondhawk, Erythemis collocata >20
Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis >40
Comanche Skimmer, Libellula comanche 10
Bleached Skimmer, L. composita 2
Widow Skimmer, L. luctuosa 1
Flame Skimmer, L. saturata 8
Marl Pennant, Macrodiplax balteata 15
Black Saddlebags, Tramea lacerata 2
…….
Siskiyou County
Dave Payne
Shasta River @ Hudson Rd. The river remains high and chilly.
*River Jewelwing Calopteryx aequabilis 1 female sunning in the grasses along.
Pacific Clubtails, only a handful 
bluets, a few teneral 
…….
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Their Sebastopol backyard
Cardinal Meadowhawks – males guarding, females ovipositing and 2 emerging
Flame Skimmers - males guarding, a female ovipositing and 1emerging
*Pacific Spiketail Cordulegaster dorsalis 1 female hunting in the backyard
David Hoffman
Willow Creek
American Rubyspot Hetaerina americana – 1 male photographed
 
May 12, 2017
Inyo County
Ron & Barbara Oriti
Blackrock Wetlands  
Eight-spotted Skimmer – 1
 
May 11, 2017
Mono County
Ron & Barbara Oriti

Fish Slough,      

Flame Skimmers – a few

 
May 8, 2017
Sacramento County
Dave Johnson
t Sailor Bar (with photos) on the American River Parkway
*Twelve-spotted Skimmer Libellula pulchella - a male
 
May 6, 2017
Solano County
Rita LaRoy
Rockville Hills Regional Park
*Red-veined Meadowhawk Sympetrum madidum
 
May 5, 2017
San Bernardion County

Matthew Grube

Redlands at San Timoteo
*Desert Firetail Telebasis salva – is it on the year list yet?  I had one today.  Pretty sure all the others I saw have been recorded this year, but the highlight for me was a
Giant Darner
 
May 4, 2017
Sonoma County

Alan Wight

Nagasawa Park in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, I saw the following:

Pacific Forktail – several

Bluet sp. – several

*Black Spreadwing Lestes stultus2+

Beaverpond Baskettail – 3

Pacific Clubtail – 1, first of year

California Darner – 1

Darner sp. – 1

Flame Skimmer – 2

Western Pondhawk 3

Blue Dasher – 4+, first of year

*Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia3, first of year

Eight-spotted Skimmer – 4+

Striped Meadowhawk - 1

Cardinal Meadowhawk – 2

 

May 1, 2017
Sonoma County
Dave & Kathy Biggs
Graton in a yard with no pond, but several vineyard ponds nearby

Vivid Dancer - 1 male

Flame Skimmer - 1 male

8-spotted Skimmer - 1 male

CA Darners seen nearby

Our Sebastopol Pond

Cardinal Meadowlarks in skirmishes with

2 Flame Skimmer males (we think at least one emerged from the pond while we were gone)

Pacific Forktails

 
April
 
April 30, 2017

San Bernardino County

Doug Karalun

Made my first trip of the year to the confluence of the Mojave River and Deep Creek.  Lots of water this year.

Familiar Bluet 

Western Forktail

Pacific Forktail

*California Dancer Argia agrioides

Vivid Dancer

Giant Darner

Blue-eyed Darner

*Gray Sanddragon Progomphus borealis

Flame Skimmer

Red Rock Skimmer

Variegated Meadowhawk

Hesperia Lakes was full of anglers but a few odes were lurking on the mossy ditch that drains the Lake.

Tule Bluet

Black-fronted Forktail

*Aztec Dancer Argia nahuana

Variegated Meadowhawk

 
April 29, 2017

Orange County

Rich Schilk

Visited Ralph B. Clark Regional Park with my daughter Arabella yesterday afternoon and got a few odes, the best of which was a Giant Darner. Temperature was in the high 80s - low 90s.

Familiar Bluet, Enallagma civile  OC# 462323
Common Green Darner, Anax junius
Giant Darner, Anax walsinghami  OC# 462322
Flame Skimmer, Libellula saturata
Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis
Black Saddlebags, Tramea lacerata
Red Saddlebags, Tramea onusta

 

April 27/28 2017

Siskiyou County

Dave & Kathy Biggs, Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball

The Sharpe –Ball backyard pond in Big Springs – 28th

CA Darner – one emerged during the morning (below freezing the night before)

Pacific Forktails – several

Dave & Kathy Biggs

McCloud River walk, between Lower and Middle Falls – 27th

Variegated Meadowhawk - 1

 

April 25 2017
Sonoma County

Alan Wight

Keysight Technologies site on Fountaingrove Parkway in Santa Rosa

Vivid Dancer – 5+

Darner sp. – 1

Variegated Meadowhawk – 1

*Striped Meadowhawk Sympetrum pallipes – 1http://www.sonic.net/~shwand/odonata/temp/striped_meadowhawk_8231.jpg

 
April 23, 2017
San Benito County
Steve Rovell
Pinnacles NP
Vivid Dancers 4
Variegated Meadowhawk 1
…….
Riverside County
Peter Siminski
Dos Palmas Preserve; Dos Palmas oasis, Felger oasis, Agua Farms and fish ponds; Elev. -100’ to -240’; 6:45-11:35, 70-97F, mostly cirrus clouds, calm air. 3.6 miles.
Blue-ringed Dancer, Argia sedula 11
Desert Forktail, Ischnura barberi 1
Common Green Darner, Anax junius  2
Blue-eyed Darner, Rhionaeschna multicolor 1
Variegated Meadowhawk, Sympetrum corruptum 2
Western Pondhawk, Erythemis collocata >25
Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis >50
*Comanche Skimmer, Libellula comanche 2
Flame Skimmer, L. saturata >40 including a pair in wheel and an ovipositing female.
*Marl Pennant, Macrodiplax balteata 5
Black Saddlebags, Tramea lacerata 16 including one pair in tandem.
Note: Only one forktail seen, very odd for this location.

Peter Gaede

Dos Palmas Preserve this morning too, but stayed a little later into the day (0830-1330).

I kept a list independently, and had 17 species. Temps hit 100° F by the time I left.

Rambur’s Forktail—4.

Desert Forktail—7.

Citrine Forktail—6 (ph).

*Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta)—1 blue female (ph).

Blue-ringed Dancer—24, including several pairs ovipositing (ph).

Paiute Dancer—3, including one in hand.

Common Green Darner—3.

Flame Skimmer—40+.

*Bleached Skimmer (Libellula composita)—4 (ph.; one in hand).

**Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)—I teneral female (ph).

Comanche Skimmer—11 (ph).

Mexican Amberwing—1 male (ph).

Western Pondhawk—16.

Variegated Meadowhawk—1.

Blue Dasher—60+.

Black Saddlebags—10, one pair ovipositing, one in tandem.

*Marl Pennant—7 (ph).

…….

Tom Benson

San Bernardino County

Glen Helen Regional Park

*Giant Darners Anax walsinghami  - two OC# 462183

…….

Mono County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Fish Slough

*Four-spotted Skimmer Libellula quadrimaculata - One

 

April 21 2017
Sonoma County
Kathy Biggs

Took a quick dash out to the Bloomfield Rd site to look for SF Forktails (Ischnura gemina). Found one male out and got images of him.

*SF Forktails (Ischnura gemina)

Pacific Forktail - 3M

Western Forktail - 1M

CA Darner - 1M

They were all seen in the roadside ditch along Petaluma-Valley Ford Rd. between Bloomfield Rd and Bloomfield Ck. on the east side of the road. It's interesting because I believe that this ditch is ephemeral. There are many ephemeral ditches about the tiny town and it would be wonderful if someone could check them out soon. I can't as we'll be gone this next week, infact, I only had 20 mins to spend at the site today. It would also be interesting to find out if the SF Forktails at Fort Point are up and about already too.

….

Alan Wight

 Nagasawa Park in Santa Rosa

Pacific Forktail – many

Western Forktail – 1 female

Bluet sp. – 6+

Vivid Dancer – 1

Black Spreadwing – 8+

Beaverpond Baskettail - 5+

Darner sp. - 4+, likely California

Cardinal Meadowhawk - 4+

Flame Skimmer – 1 female, first of year

*Eight-spotted Skimmer Libellula forensis – 2+, first of year

Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata – 2-3, first of year

 

April 19, 2017

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Rawson Ponds

Black Saddlebags – a few

 

April 15, 2017
Santa Bernardino County 

Doug Karalun

Weather was in the 80s so more odes are coming out.

Plunge Creek

Rhionaeschna sp. 2

Vivid Dancer 15

East Highland Reservoir

Tule Bluet 10

Pacific Forktail 20

Blue-eyed Darner 1

Blue Dasher 3

Flame Skimmer 2

*Mexican Amberwing Perithemis intensa 1

 
April 11, 2017
Santa Barbara County 
Hugh Ranson

Lake Los Carneros, Goleta

Flame Skimmer (2)
*Red Saddlebags Tramea onusta (1)

Common Green Darner (1)

Blue-eyed Darner  (4)

Blue Dasher  (1)

Tule Bluet  (10)

Familiar Bluet (5)

Pacific Forktail (3)

Santa Ynez Valley

Wim Van Dam

*Northern Bluet photographed

Western Forktail photographed

 
April 10, 2017
Sonoma County
Dave and Kathy Biggs
Pine Flat Rd., east of Healdsburg
*Arroyo Bluet Enallagma praevarum
Cardinal Meadowhawk
 
April 9, 2017
Riverside County
Peter Siminski
Dos Palmas Preserve; Dos Palmas oasis, Felger oasis, Agua Farms and fish ponds; Elev. -100’ to -240’; 7:00-11:55, 60-68F, mostly cirrus clouds, breezy NW. 3.6 miles.
*Paiute Dancer, Argia alberta 2
Blue-ringed Dancer, A. sedula 8
Vivid Dancer, A. vivida 1
Rambur’s Forktail, Ischnura ramburii 10
*Desert Forktail, I. barberi 2
Common Green Darner, Anax junius  2
Blue-eyed Darner, Rhionaeschna multicolor 1
Variegated Meadowhawk, Sympetrum corruptum 2
Western Pondhawk, Erythemis collocata 11
*Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis >75
*Flame Skimmer, Libellula saturata 16
*Black Saddlebags, Tramea lacerata 2
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Napa County

Dave and Kathy Biggs

We had to go to Napa, to pick up a new kayak. Decided to make the most of it and hike in Skyline Park while there. Some wildflowers, but some Odes too!!

Beaverpond Baskettail (4-12) FOY

Pacific Clubtail (1 y m). FOY

Calif. Darner (1-3)

Vivid Dancer (5 y m)

Pacific Forktails

a lone female Bluet

 
April 4, 2017
Sacramento County
Dave Johnson

Sailor Bar on the American River Parkway

California Darner - 3-4 male

*Wandering Glider Pantala flavescens  - 1

Pacific Forktails - 10-15

Western Forktails - 10-15

Tule Bluets - several

…….

Mono County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Fish Slough

Common Green Darners - Couple

*Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata - One

 

 

MaRCH

 

 

March 31, 2017
Sonoma County

Alan Wight

Nagasawa Park in Santa Rosa,

Pacific Forktail – many

Western Forktail – 2-3, females

Tule Bluet – 1

*Black Spreadwing Lestes stultus – 2-3, by ephemeral pond, first of year

Variegated Meadowhawk – 1

Cardinal Meadowhawk – 1, female

Darner sp. – 1

Beaverpond Baskettail – 2

 
March 30, 2017
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Sebastopol backyard pond – a new record # of Odes on the pond today!!
Cardinal Meadowhawk, Sympetrum illotum 20 emerged plus one mature on territory (new record # of emergers)
Pacific Forktail – 2 males and a female
*Exclamation Damsel Zoniagrion exclamationis – 29 males, 7 females plus one tandem
Brian Webb
Santa Rosa Creek
*Pacific Clubtail Phanogomphus kurilis
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Alan Wight
Santa Rosa- Keysight Technologies on Fountaingrove Parkway
Beaverpond Baskettail
 
March 29, 2017
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Sebastopol backyard ponds

Cardinal Meadowhawk, Sympetrum illotum, - only a teenager - not all the way 'colored up' to the Cardinal Red he'll mature to. Only the first Cardy of the year can hold a territory while still so young....
California Darners have continued to emerge each nite for a week now.

..

Gloria Conley says they had their first one of the year too on their pond here in Sebastopol, Sonoma Co., CA

Alan Wight

Nagasawa Park in Santa Rosa

Pacific Forktail – many

Tule Bluet – 12+, first of year (http://www.sonic.net/~shwand/odonata/tule_bluet_7626.jpg)

Vivid Dancer – 1

California Darner – 3, my first of year

*Beaverpond Baskettail Epitheca canis 1, first of year

Cardinal Meadowhawk – 1, my first of year

….
Sacramento County
Dave Johnson

Sailor Bar on the American River Parkway

1 male California Darner

10-15 Pacific Forktails

10-15 Western Forktails (the earliest that I have seen this species at Sailor Bar (April 9 previous early record)).

 

March 19, 2017

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

we were surprised by what we saw at one of the canals  --  a few Common Green Darners, a few Mosaics, sp., but at least 30 #Variegated Meadowhawks.  We have never seen that many before in March.  This early it is usually just an occasional ode or two.

Ron also found some teneral damselflies.   Ode season is starting, and with all the water this year, it could turn out to be really interesting!

 
March 18, 2017
San Bernardino County

Doug Karalun with Matt Grube

Plunge Creek

Nothing

East Highland Reservoir

Pacific Forktail

Tule Bluet

Flyby of a large darner

Badger Basin

Pacific Forktail

Black-fronted Forktail

Vivid Dancer

# Common Green Darner Anax junius

Rhionaeschna Darner

Variegated Meadowhawk

Lost Lake

Familiar Bluet

*Blue-eyed Darner Rhionaeschna multicolor

Cajon Creek 

Nothing

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

Owens River

*Common Green Darner Anax junius – a few

 

March 17, 2017
Sonoma County
Jacki Sones
a beach in Bodega Bay
#*Pantala, 1, likely Pantala hymenaea, cruising along (arrived 2 days before a warm storm)

 

March 13, 2017
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Bloomfield

Hunt for SF Forktails. With an early date of 3/8/1980, and our terrific weather and their known haunt just 7 miles down the road (, I convinced Dave to take us there to hunt for them. We found 7 Forktails, all males, but the 5 who we were able to ID were

Pacific Forktails, and the other 2 appeared to be no different. Earliest day in last 2 decades is 4/1, so we'll try again around then. Also found 2 Pacific Forktails on our own pond today. But no Cardinal Meadowhawks.

 
March 12, 2017
Sonoma County
Dave Biggs
Our backyard pond, Sebastopol
*Cardinal Meadowhawk Sympetrum illotum – 1 teneral on maiden flight
…….

San Diego County

Doug Aguillard

Paradise Hills. San Diego,

while covering a house fire, a

*Red Rock Skimmer Paltothemis lineatipes flew by and started flying low, up and down the street where excessive water was flowing down the street.

 
March 11, 2017
Sonoma County
David Hoffmann
Salmon Creek Road
*California Darner Rhionaeschna californica– 1female photographed
 
March 10, 2017
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Our backyard pond, Sebastopol
Pacific Forktail – 1 mature male
Sonoma County
Alan Wight
Nagasawa Park in Santa Rosa
Pacific Forktails (15) along the shore of the lake, including a pair in wheel. 
*Western Forktail Ischnura perparva– 1 male photographed
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San Bernardino County

Doug Karalun

Temperatures were in the 80s in Highland today. - 7 species

East Highland Reservoir

*Tule Bluet Enallagma carunculatum 10

Pacific Forktail 20

Plunge Creek

Unidentified Darner 1

Church Street Drainage

*Black-fronted Forktail Ischnura denticollis 50+

*Familiar Bluet Enallagma civile        2

Vivid Dancer          2

Variegated Meadowhawk    2

 
March 9, 2017
Sacramento County
Dave Johnson
Sailor Bar, American River, Sacramento
Pacific Forktail – 1
 
March 2, 2017
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Ellis Creek Wetlands, Petaluma
Pacific Forktail – 2 maiden flights observed, surely this species. No mature forktails seen.
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Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson
I took a walk along the rushing San Jose Creek in Goleta today.
A week ago the creek was roaring--the first time it has done so in many a year--and I wondered how dragonfly nymphs could survive such a pounding and scouring.
I didn't think I'd see any odes, but was pleasantly surprised to come across one
Vivid Dancer--a survivor.
 
March 1, 2017
Sonoma County
Alan Wight
Nagasawa Park in Santa Rosa
Pacific Forktails (30+) along the shore of the lake, including a pair in wheel. 
Variegated Meadowhawk - 1
 
February
 
February 28, 2017
Sonoma County
Gloria Conley
Her Sebastopol backyard pond
*Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula – 1 maiden flight observed, surely this species.
 
February 26, 2017
Riverside County
Peter Siminski
Dos Palmas Preserve; Dos Palmas oasis, Felger oasis, Agua Farms and fish ponds; Elev. -100’ to -240’; 7:55-10:50, 58-60F, cloudless sky, calm air. 3.6 miles.
Blue-ringed Dancer, Argia sedula 1
*Rambur’s Forktail, Ischnura ramburii  1
Variegated Meadowhawk, Sympetrum corruptum 3
 
--California HAD RAIN AND FLOODS ALL MONTH….THUS THE SCARSITY OF REPORTS--
 
January

 

 

January 29, 2017
Humboldt County
Tony Westkamper
Van Duzen River.
Variegated Meadowhawk -My arrival was heralded by a small dragonfly which I was delighted to see. For the last 4 or 5 years I've been ID'ing this species.
It seems to overwinter here, or at least they stop on their migrations.
Dragonflies being warm weather critters this is most unusual and I have often been the last in a year and the first in the next year to report a dragonfly in all of California.
I noted 3 or 4 specimens, but none of them were interested in getting their portraits done.
In fact they were extremely skittish.
I got one and only one shot and thank goodness for a long lens and high pixel count so I could crop the image.
The big thing here is they survive the cold overnight temperatures. How or why remains a mystery.
 
January 16, 2017
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson
More Mesa -,right along the coast.

I saw my first ode of the year today--you guessed it, a Variegated Meadowhawk-It was a quite fresh-looking individual. I saw another distant ode at the same location, probably this species, too.

 
January 10, 2017
Sonoma County
Alan Wight
Keysight Technologies site on Fountaingrove Parkway in Santa Rosa
I saw my first Variegated Meadowhawk of the year
 
January 8, 2017
Santa Barbara County
Wim Van Dam
Alamo Pintado Creek in Solvang

*Vivid Dancers Argia vivida

*American Rubyspots Hetaerina americana

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Santa Bernardino County

Doug Karalun

Took advantage of the 75 degree weather to get out.  In Highland in a flood control ditch I saw a

*Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum male.