California's Year 2018

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 2017 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)
 
25 species (out of the 114 species known to have occurred in California) have been reported to this site as flying in California in the 2018 season as of the most currant date below.

 1 new California county records have been reported/discovered/upgraded this year. (this # includes upgrades of previous ‘sighting only’ & photo records). County records are underlined and in red text, preceeded by a !! to make them easier to find.

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.

 
APRIL
 

April 18, 2018

Marin County

Mt. Tamalpais

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/11155910

Beaverpond Baskettail Epitheca canis

 

April 17, 2018

Orange County

Jeff Bray

Aliso Creek in Aliso Viejo

Red Rock Skimmer – male OC#:479273

…….

Sonoma County

iNaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/11086267

Monte Rio

Exclamation Damsel Zoniagrion exclamationis

 

April 15, 2018 

San Bernardino County

Matthew Grube

San Bernardino - pond at San Timoteo near Fern Ave, and the nearby creek

Pacific Forktail OC# 479228

*Giant Darner Anax walsinghami  OC# 479226

Blue-eyed Darner OC# 479227

Black-fronted Forktail OC# 479223

American Rubyspot OC# 479224

Vivid Dancer OC# 479225

*Arroyo Bluet Enallagma praevarum OC# 479234 (one seen on the 14th at same place by Doug Karalun)

…….

San Diego County

iNaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10989662

Sloane Canyon; Dehesa

*Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata

…

BJ Stacey

Borrego Springs. Desert scrub habitat

*Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis female OC# 479292

…….

Sonoma County

iNaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10989968

Monte Rio

Exclamation Damsel Zoniagrion exclamationis OC# 479296

…….

 

April 14, 2018 

Sacramento County

Ameet Zaveri 

Cosumnes River Preserve

Common Green Darner - I flying near boardwalk 

…….

Stanislaus County

iNaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10946444

Del Puerto Rd.

American Rubyspot

Vivid Dancer

Bluets

…….

Sonoma County

iNaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/11086723

**Red-veined Meadowhawk Sympetrum madidum – young female Old early date 4/25/2005.

 

April 13, 2018

Sonoma County

Alan Wight

Nagasawa Park, Santa Rosa

Pacific Forktail – many

Western Forktail – 2 mature females, first I have seen this year (https://flic.kr/p/Gu6Ggv)

California Darner (?) – 1, quick view flying by, looked right for this species as opposed to Blue-eyed Darner

Beaverpond Baskettail – 3-4, first I have seen this year (https://flic.kr/p/23oo1zS)

Cardinal Meadowhawk – 2

This area burned in the Tubbs Fire last October, so it will be interesting to see if this has an effect on the odes this year.

…….

Colusa County

Bear Creek @ Hwy 20, 2:30-3, 72-68F

It is JUST starting.

Bluets, both No/Bo and Tules -7

1 CA Darner male cruising

1 Pacific Forktail, young female

…….

Los Angeles County

iNaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10875347

San Gabriel

Rambur's Forktail Ischnura ramburii

*Desert Firetail Telebasis salva https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10875343 OC# 479171

…….

Marin County

iNaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/comments/1554471

*Northern or Boreal Bluet Enallagma annexum/borealis

…….

Colusa County

iNaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/11014288

Bear Creek Rd.

Pacific Clubtail Phanogomphus kurilis

 

April 11, 2018

Santa Clara County

iNaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10753103

Open Space Area

Tule Bluet Enallagma carunculatum

…….

Los Angeles County

iNaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10867850

*Spot-winged Glider Pantala hymenaea OC# 479231

 

April 8, 2018

Marin County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10746868

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Cardinal Meadowhawk  Sympetrum illotum – 2 males on territory

Familiar Bluet Enallagma civile https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10768023

*Exclamation Damsel Zoniagrion exclamationis (probably this species) https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10768088

 

April 7, 2018

Butte County

Chico

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10687104

*Beaverpond Baskettail Epitheca canis OC# 478988

…….

Riverside County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10746428

Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve

Red Rock Skimmer Paltothemis lineatipes

 

April 5, 2018

Alameda County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10645640

*Pacific Clubtail Phanogomphus kurilis

 

April 4, 2018

Los Angeles County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10627392

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Black-fronted Forktail Ischnura denticollis

American Rubyspot https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10627881

…….

Alameda County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10630800

California Darner Rhionaeschna californica

 

April 2, 2018

Contra Costa County

iNaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10591900#comment-1445592

Mt. Diablo

*Western Forktail Ischnura perparva - mature female

…….

Sonoma County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Sebastopol Backyard Pond

Cardinal Meadowhawk  Sympetrum illotum – 1 male on territory

California Darner - male flying over pond several times during the day

Pacific Forktail - male on territory, female ovipositing

 

April 1, 2018

Los Angeles County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/ 10598298

Pasadena area

Red Rock Skimmer Paltothemis lineatipes

…….

Sonoma County

iNaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10642258

Sonoma Valley

*Tule Bluet Enallagma carunculatum

 

 
mARCH

 

March 31, 2018

Sonoma County

Dave Barry

Petaluma

Vivid Dancer Argia vivida

…….

Kern County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10601011

Tejan Ranch

Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata

…….

Monterey County

Don Roberson

City of Monterey, one at Lagunita Mirada and the other at nearby Iris Canyon

Calif Darners - 2 in flight

 

March 26, 2018

San Diego County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10493145

Bay Terraces

Red Rock Skimmer Paltothemis lineatipes

…….

Los Angeles County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10438854

Pasadena

*Red Rock Skimmer Paltothemis lineatipes

 

March 23, 2018

San Francisco County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10380850

Kezar Stadium, San Francisco

California Darner Rhionaeschna californica

 

March 20, 2018

Los Angeles County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10336220

Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata

 

March 19, 2018

San Francisco County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10315833

Persidio

Vivid Dancer Argia vivida

…….

San Benito County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10398779

Pinnacles NP

Vivid Dancer Argia vivida

…….

Ventura County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10317911

Conejo Creek Park South, Thousand Oaks

Vivid Dancer Argia vivida

 

March 18, 2018

Riverside County

Bill Rideout

Coachella Valley Nature Preserve California

Vivid Dancer Argia vivida

…….

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10297952#comment-1413771

Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata

 

March 17, 2018

Riverside County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10278340

Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area, La Quinta

Familiar Bluet Enallagma civile

 

March 16, 2018

Riverside County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10332872

*Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata

 

March 11, 2018

Sonoma County

Gloria Conley

Sebastopol Backyard Pond

*Cardinal Meadowhawk  Sympetrum illotum – 1 emerged

 

March 10, 2018

San Diego County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10215454

Sheep Canyon & Indian Creek

Vivid Dancer Argia vivida

 

March 9, 2018

Los Angeles County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10159535

Arcadia

Variegated Meadowhawk  Sympetrum corruptum  - many seen

Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula

Common Green Darner Anax junius

 

March 8, 2018

Sonoma County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10147378

Windsor

Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula

…….

San Diego County

San Diego

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10127558

Lake Murray, San Diego

*Rambur’s Forktail Ischnura ramburii

Variegated Meadowhawk  Sympetrum corruptum 

 

March 6, 2018

Sacramento County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10132992

Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula

Vivid Dancer Argia vivida

…….

Marin County

INaturalist  https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10130794

Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula

…….

Los Angeles County

INaturalist  https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10223986

Lower Arroyo Park, Pasadena

Variegated Meadowhawk  Sympetrum corruptum
…….
Merced County
INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10013937

Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula

 

March 4, 2018

Santa Clara County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10132992

*California Darner Rhionaeschna californica

iNaturalist  https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10130794

Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula

 

 

 
febrUARY

 

February 26, 2018

Sanfrancisco County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10009529

Presidio of San Francisco

Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula

 

February 25, 2018

Riverside County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10032446

Rancho Mirage

Variegated Meadowhawk  Sympetrum corruptum

 

February 22, 2018

Riverside County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9963547

Coachella Valley National Wildlife Park

*Familiar Bluet Enallagma civile

 

February 18, 2018

San Diego County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9925793

El Monte Valley

*Blue-eyed Darner Rhionaeschna multicolor

 

February 17, 2018

Contra Costa County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9917797

Mount Diablo State Park

Variegated Meadowhawk  Sympetrum corruptum

…….

Santa Clara County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9894220

Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula

…….

Mariposa County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9899293

1204 Bull Creek Rd, Midpines

Variegated Meadowhawk  Sympetrum corruptum

…….

Solano County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9896006

Rockville Hills Regional Park, Fairfield

Variegated Meadowhawk  Sympetrum corruptum

 

February 16, 2018

Sacramento County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10177715

Fairoaks

Variegated Meadowhawk  Sympetrum corruptum

…….

Merced County

Los Banos Wildlife Area

Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula

 

February 15, 2018

Los Angeles County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9875812

South Los Angeles

*Black-fronted Forktail Ischnura denticollis

 

February 14, 2018

San Francisco  County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9939471

Presidio, San Francisco

Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula

 

February 10, 2018

Sonoma County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9814914

Laguna de Santa Rosa Watershed

Variegated Meadowhawk  Sympetrum corruptum

 

February 8, 2018

Contra Costa County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9797370

Briones Regional Park

Variegated Meadowhawk  Sympetrum corruptum

 

February 7, 2018

Los Angeles County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9764990

Granada Hills

Variegated Meadowhawk  Sympetrum corruptum

 

February 5, 2018

Los Angeles County  

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/10132992

Altadena

Vivid Dancer Argia vivida

 

February 4, 2018

Sonoma County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9734957

Santa Rosa

Variegated Meadowhawk  Sympetrum corruptum

…….

San Diego County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9723592

San Diego

Variegated Meadowhawk  Sympetrum corruptum

 

February 2, 2018

Sonoma County

Alan Wight

Nagasawa Park in Santa Rosa

Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula - 4

 

JANUARY

 

January 30, 2018

Los Angeles County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9677141

Hansen Dam

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum - pair

 

January 29, 2018

San Diego County

biohexx1 @inaturalist

Sloane Canyon; Dehesa

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum - male

 

January 28, 2018

Santa Barbara County

Alamo Pintado Creek, Solvang

Wim van Dam

* Vivid Dancer Argia vivida

* American Rubyspot

 

January 27, 2018

Kern County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9710446

Nature Ali

*Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula

…….

San Diego County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9677141

Anstine Audubon, Vista

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum - male

 

January 24, 2018

Los Angeles County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9608676

Will Rogers State Park

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum – female, males

 

January 23, 2018

San Diego County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9594343

Lake Hodges, Escondido

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum – male

 

January 18, 2018

San Diego County

biohexx1 @inaturalist

Proctor Valley Vernal Pool Restoration

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum

 

January 16, 2018

San Diego County

biohexx1 @inaturalist

Proctor Valley Vernal Pool Restoration

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum

 

January 15, 2018

Los Angeles County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9490144

Torrance

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum

 

January 13, 2018

San Benito County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9473434

Pinnacles National Park

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum - 3 males

…….

San Francisco County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9461937

San Francisco

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum

…….

Riverside County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9466123

Palm Springs

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum

…….

Humboldt County

Tony Westkamper

Van Duzen River

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum - Yesterday I saw one, today two. I can be sure it was two since one chased the other one away.

 

January 7, 2018

Orange County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9412536

Hills above Siverdale

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum – male

…….

San Berardino County

INaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9400291

Saint Antony Coptic Monastery, Newberry Springs

Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum -

 

January 5, 2018

San Berardino County

biohexx1 @inaturalist

Indian Cove Campground, Joshua Tree National Park

*Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum - male

 

January 1, 2018

Colusa County

Michael and Muriel Plank

Sacramento Wildlife Refuge 

*Common Green Darners  Anax junius -  2 males (this ties the earliest date ever)

 

 

 

 

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New County Records from years prior to 2018, but not realized until 2018

 

September 30, 2016

Los Angeles County

iNaturalist https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/4246190 OC# 479167, CA Chart #141

San Gabriel

!! Rambur's Forktail Ischnura ramburii

Interesting is that the species had not been found in any of the college or natural history museums, so this could represent range expansion.