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5 Mar Re: Dot-winged Baskettail at Yturria Brush ["Joshua Rose opihi AT mindspring.com [TexOdes]" ]
5 Mar Re: Dot-winged Baskettail at Yturria Brush ["'David T. Dauphin' dauphins AT sbcglobal.net [TexOdes]" ]
4 Mar Dot-winged Baskettail at Yturria Brush ["Antshrike1 AT aol.com [TexOdes]" ]
28 Feb Yturria Baskettail ["Mike Rickard folksinger4 AT yahoo.com [TexOdes]" ]
15 Feb Dragonflies of Texas ["John Abbott jcabbott13 AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" ]
2 Feb Re: Cream-tipped Swampdamsel ["'David T. Dauphin' dauphins AT sbcglobal.net [TexOdes]" ]
2 Feb Cream-tipped Swampdamsel ["Mike Rickard folksinger4 AT yahoo.com [TexOdes]" ]
24 Jan DSA Annual Meeting in State College, PA ["'Michael Moore' mcmoore32 AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" ]
5 Nov TX: Cameron county ["'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" ]
25 Oct Dry Creek, Real County ["'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" ]
23 Oct a few odes at Las Moras Creek yesterday (10/22) ["Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" ]
22 Oct Late Report - LRGV Oct 5th ["Kristy Baker krittybird AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" ]
19 Oct Mistake ["'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" ]
19 Oct Variegated Meadowhawks in North Austin ["Mikael Behrens mikaelb AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" ]
19 Oct Edwards County and Uvalde County ["'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" ]
14 Oct Just missed a Migration Event in Port Aransas ["Mikael Behrens mikaelb AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" ]
10 Oct Phyllogomphoides ["Mike May phenes53 AT yahoo.com [TexOdes]" ]
10 Oct Phyllogomphoides ["Mike May phenes53 AT yahoo.com [se-odonata]" ]
10 Oct Phyllogomphoides ["Mike May phenes53 AT yahoo.com [NEodes]" ]
10 Oct Re: [TexOdes] [se-odonata] New Mexico: First US record of Phyllogomphoides nayaritensis [Michael Blust ]
10 Oct Russett-tipped Clubtail, Fort Clark Springs 10/9/14 ["Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" ]
5 Oct Chisos & Marathon Odes ["Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" ]
15 Sep Plata Tank south of Marfa ["'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" ]
15 Sep Silver Falls Rest Area ["'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" ]
30 Aug Lake Creek Trail in Northwest Austin ["Mikael Behrens mikaelb AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" ]
29 Aug Las Moras Creek, Fort Clark Springs/Brackettville today ["Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" ]
27 Aug Odes at Fort Clark Springs pool & spring lake today ["Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" ]
24 Aug Lake Creek Trail in Northwest Austin ["Mikael Behrens mikaelb AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" ]
19 Aug Fort Clark Springs the past few days. ["alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" ]
16 Aug Real Co., Bullhead Creek ["'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" ]
28 Jul Pecos County ["'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" ]
28 Jul Report from Gonzales, Texas 28 July 2014 ["glasley AT earthlink.net [TexOdes]" ]
27 Jul Uvalde County ["'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" ]
22 Jul Christmas Mountains Swampdamsel ["Mike Rickard folksinger4 AT yahoo.com [TexOdes]" ]
22 Jul Re: Digest Number 1673 ["Mikael Behrens mikaelb AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" ]
21 Jul RE: Digest Number 1673 ["'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" ]
20 Jul Swamp Darner at Utopia over a month ["mitch AT utopianature.com [TexOdes]" ]
20 Jul Northwest Austin (Lake Creek Trail) ["Mikael Behrens mikaelb AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" ]
20 Jul Re: The Bentsen list ["Joshua Rose opihi AT mindspring.com [TexOdes]" ]
15 Jul San Felipe Creek, Del Rio, today ["Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" ]
14 Jul Edwards County ["'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" ]
13 Jul Re: Taurophila habitat at Bentsen ["Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" ]
13 Jul Re: Taurophila habitat at Bentsen ["'David T. Dauphin' dauphins AT sbcglobal.net [TexOdes]" ]
13 Jul Re: Taurophila habitat at Bentsen ["Mike Rickard folksinger4 AT yahoo.com [TexOdes]" ]
13 Jul Re: Taurophila habitat at Bentsen ["Dennis Paulson dennispaulson AT comcast.net [TexOdes]" ]
13 Jul Re: Taurophila habitat at Bentsen ["Tripp Davenport tripp.davenport AT yahoo.com [TexOdes]" ]
13 Jul Taurophila habitat at Bentsen ["Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" ]
12 Jul The Bentsen list ["Joshua Rose opihi AT mindspring.com [TexOdes]" ]
12 Jul Re: LRGV trip 7/9-11/14 ["Joshua Rose opihi AT mindspring.com [TexOdes]" ]
12 Jul Re: LRGV trip 7/9-11/14 ["Antshrike1 AT aol.com [TexOdes]" ]
12 Jul Cooks Slough, Uvalde, late afternoon today ["Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" ]
12 Jul Re: LRGV trip 7/9-11/14 ["Joshua Rose opihi AT mindspring.com [TexOdes]" ]
12 Jul Northwest Austin (Lake Creek Trail) ["Mikael Behrens mikaelb AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" ]
12 Jul Re: LRGV trip 7/9-11/14 ["Dennis Paulson dennispaulson AT comcast.net [TexOdes]" ]
12 Jul LRGV trip 7/9-11/14 ["Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" ]
11 Jul Mitchell Lake Audubon Center - San Antonio [7/10/14] ["icephotog AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" ]
11 Jul PS on Prince Baskettails ["Wanda Smith wsmith0709 AT yahoo.com [TexOdes]" ]
11 Jul Prince Baskettails ["Wanda Smith wsmith0709 AT yahoo.com [TexOdes]" ]
6 Jul Fort Clark Springs, quest for the hanging Macromia Day 2 ["Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" ]
4 Jul Fort Clark Springs 7/4 ["Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" ]
2 Jul Las Moras Creek, Fort Clark Springs - yesterday (7/1) ["Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" ]
30 Jun Gray-waisted Skimmers at Fort Clark Springs ["Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" ]
29 Jun RE: Digest Number 1662 ["'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" ]
29 Jun Hornsby Bend, Austin - 5/29 ["Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" ]
29 Jun Black Pondhawk at NBC, 6/29/14 ["Mike Rickard folksinger4 AT yahoo.com [TexOdes]" ]
29 Jun Northwest Austin (Lake Creek Trail) ["Mikael Behrens mikaelb AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" ]
28 Jun Terrell County, Independence Creek ["'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" ]
28 Jun Uvalde, Cooks Slough ["'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" ]
19 Jun Re: 10th anniversary Leptobasis ["dennispaulson AT comcast.net [TexOdes]" ]
19 Jun 10th anniversary Leptobasis ["Jim Sinclair jim.sinclair AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" ]
19 Jun Re: Somerville & Angelina Ode ID ["Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" ]
19 Jun RE: Digest Number 1660 ["'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" ]
18 Jun Somerville & Angelina Ode ID ["MiriamEagl AT aol.com [TexOdes]" ]
12 Jun Duckweed Firetail - Southern Panola County location - NOT THERE this year ["Linda Price lprice AT mac.com [TexOdes]" ]
12 Jun Light colored odes and leps changing distribution ["mitch AT utopianature.com [TexOdes]" ]
7 Jun Cooks Slough, Uvalde, morning of 6/7/14 ["Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" ]

Subject: Re: Dot-winged Baskettail at Yturria Brush
From: "Joshua Rose opihi AT mindspring.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:38:17 -0500
Glad you guys finally identified one of these stinkers! I photographed a 
non-Prince baskettail patrolling on the irrigation canal at Bentsen-RGV SP HQ 
on March 9, 2007, but the uncooperative little bugger would neither perch nor 
come within netís reach of the shoreline, and my distant in-flight photos were 
insufficient to ID below the genus levelÖ. 


JSR


Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
http://www.facebook.com/opihi


> On Mar 5, 2015, at 9:02 AM, 'David T. Dauphin' dauphins AT sbcglobal.net 
[TexOdes]  wrote: 

> 
> This is a new LRGV dragonfly. This raises the total Hidalgo Co. Dragonflies 
to 77, and the Total Hidalgo Co. Odonata to 109. It raises the total LRGV 
Dragonflies to 80, and the total LRGV Odonata to 113. I have updated the LRGV 
Checklist to reflect this new addition. 


> On Mar 4, 2015, at 6:45 PM, Antshrike1 AT aol.com [TexOdes] wrote:
> 
>> Today, six days after Mike Rickard found a teneral baskettail at the Yturria 
Brush unit of the Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR, I found two or three Dot-winged 
Baskettails (Epitheca petechialis) on the same dirt track. Interestingly on 
this same date four years ago, Tom Pendleton and I got poor photographs of one 
on the resaca at Bentsen. Today's bugs were more cooperative. Here's a couple 
of photos. 

>> 
>> 
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/58723772 AT N07/16096706204/
>> 
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/58723772 AT N07/16717951262/
>> 
>> Dan Jones, Weslaco
>> 
>> 
> 
> David Dauphin
> Mission, TX
> For Valley wildlife watching info, go to
> http://www.thedauphins.net
> 



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Subject: Re: Dot-winged Baskettail at Yturria Brush
From: "'David T. Dauphin' dauphins AT sbcglobal.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:02:51 -0600
This is a new LRGV dragonfly. This raises the total Hidalgo Co. Dragonflies to 
77, and the Total Hidalgo Co. Odonata to 109. It raises the total LRGV 
Dragonflies to 80, and the total LRGV Odonata to 113. I have updated the LRGV 
Checklist to reflect this new addition. 

On Mar 4, 2015, at 6:45 PM, Antshrike1 AT aol.com [TexOdes] wrote:

> Today, six days after Mike Rickard found a teneral baskettail at the Yturria 
Brush unit of the Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR, I found two or three Dot-winged 
Baskettails (Epitheca petechialis) on the same dirt track. Interestingly on 
this same date four years ago, Tom Pendleton and I got poor photographs of one 
on the resaca at Bentsen. Today's bugs were more cooperative. Here's a couple 
of photos. 

> 
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/58723772 AT N07/16096706204/
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/58723772 AT N07/16717951262/
> 
> Dan Jones, Weslaco
> 
> 

David Dauphin
Mission, TX
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Subject: Dot-winged Baskettail at Yturria Brush
From: "Antshrike1 AT aol.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 19:45:21 -0500
Today, six days after Mike Rickard found a teneral baskettail at the Yturria 
Brush unit of the Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR, I found two or three Dot-winged 
Baskettails (Epitheca petechialis) on the same dirt track. Interestingly on 
this same date four years ago, Tom Pendleton and I got poor photographs of one 
on the resaca at Bentsen. Today's bugs were more cooperative. Here's a couple 
of photos. 





https://www.flickr.com/photos/58723772 AT N07/16096706204/


https://www.flickr.com/photos/58723772 AT N07/16717951262/


Dan Jones, Weslaco
Subject: Yturria Baskettail
From: "Mike Rickard folksinger4 AT yahoo.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:34:47 +0000 (UTC)
Thursday Feb.26, while walking the east side road in Yturria Brush NWR looking 
for butterflies, I ran across a teneral dragonfly, species unfamiliar. 
 Consulting John Abbott's new work on Texas dragonflies narrowed it to a 
baskettail, likely Slender or Dot-winged.  The teneral condition limited 
further photographic identification.  Dr. Abbott confirmed this probable 
diagnosis.  While Prince Baskettail is well-documented in the RGV, there have 
been only sight records of the Dot-winged group of Epitheca.  Hopefully, 
future visits to Yturria will result in photos of mature individuals of this 
species. 

The Yturria tract is itself an interesting dragonfly habitat, being essentially 
thorn-scrub with no permanent water, though several lakes exist some 2 miles 
east around the town of La Hoya.  Noted odes occurring there include 
Halloween, Marl, and Metallic Pennants and Four-Striped Leaftails.  

Mike RickardMission, TX
Subject: Dragonflies of Texas
From: "John Abbott jcabbott13 AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 17:10:38 -0600
Wanted to let folks know that my Dragonflies of Texas field guide is now out 
(http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/abbott-dragonflies). It accompanies 
the Damselflies of Texas volume published in 2011. There are also some great 
upcoming opportunities for anyone interested in insect photography, 
http://www.abbottnature.com/workshops/. 


Cheers!
John Abbott
Austin, TX
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Subject: Re: Cream-tipped Swampdamsel
From: "'David T. Dauphin' dauphins AT sbcglobal.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 07:36:53 -0600
Great find, Mike! This one has not been photographed in Cameron Co. to my 
knowledge Hope you send photo to Odonata Central. 

Ö.David Dauphin
On Feb 1, 2015, at 8:52 PM, Mike Rickard folksinger4 AT yahoo.com [TexOdes] wrote:

> 
> Today I photographed an immature male Cream-tipped Swampdamsel at Resaca de 
la Palma, perching on branches on the Ebony Trail. The thorax is pale green 
without the dark median and shoulder stripes, and the abdominal tip is orange, 
not yet cream. 

> 
> Mike Rickard
> Mission TX
> 
> 

David Dauphin
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Subject: Cream-tipped Swampdamsel
From: "Mike Rickard folksinger4 AT yahoo.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 02:52:53 +0000 (UTC)
Today I photographed an immature male Cream-tipped Swampdamsel at Resaca de la 
Palma, perching on branches on the Ebony Trail.  The thorax is pale green 
without the dark median and shoulder stripes, and the abdominal tip is orange, 
not yet cream. 

Mike RickardMission TX
Subject: DSA Annual Meeting in State College, PA
From: "'Michael Moore' mcmoore32 AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:39:33 -0500
Announcing that the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Dragonfly Society of the
Americas (DSA) will be held in State College, PA on 25-28 June. 

The meeting website is now live and can be accessed here:

https://sites.google.com/a/udel.edu/nedsa/home/2015 

The meeting will combine local field trips with one day of talks (Saturday)
and lots of opportunity to socialize.  Pre-meeting and post-meeting 2-day
field trips are also being planned.  Anyone with an interest in Odonates is
welcome and encouraged to attend.  

 

Mike Moore

Newark, DE

  Mcmoore32 AT gmail.com

 

Websites:

 
Delmarva Dragonflies and Damselflies
(https://sites.google.com/a/udel.edu/deodes/)

  Voices of Delaware Birds
(https://sites.google.com/site/delawarebirdsongs/)

  Birds of the
Gilbert Water Ranch
(https://sites.google.com/site/birdsofthegilbertwaterranch/)

  AZFO Rare Bird
Photos (http://www.azfo.org/gallery/1main/photos_recent.html)

 

 
Subject: TX: Cameron county
From: "'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 17:10:19 -0600
Texas:  Cameron County, Resaca de la Palma State Park mostly on Ebony trail
and butterfly gardens.  Nov. 3 and 4, 2014.  Monday afternoon and Tuesday
morning.  I only saw a few odes since I was searching for forest darners.

 

Rain Pool Spreadwings 4, Blue-striped Spreadwings 5, Rambur's Forktail 3,
Common Green Darner lots, Bar-sided Darner 6, Pale-green Darner 1, Caribbean
Darner 1, Band-winged Dragonlet 3, Eastern Pondhawk 1, Roseate Skimmer 6,
Thornbush Dasher 2, Wandering Glider 4, Black Saddlebags lots, Red
Saddlebags lots.

 

Terry Hibbitts

Camp Wood Hills

www.thehibbitts.net  

 
Subject: Dry Creek, Real County
From: "'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:56:15 -0500
Real County, 6 miles east of Barksdale on Dry Creek Road.  12:30 to 2:00 pm
on October 24, 2014.

I haven't been out there since May.   Fair numbers but not high diversity.

American Rubyspot  (Hetaerina americana) lots
Variable Dancer  (Argia fumipennis) 6
Kiowa Dancer  (A. immunda) lots
Leonora's Dancer  (A. leonorae) 1
Springwater Dancer  (A. plana) 8
Blue-ringed Dancer  (A. sedula) 5
Dusky Dancer  (A. translate) 1
Double-striped Bluet  (Enallagma basidens) 10
Desert Firetail  (Telebasis salva) 8
Common Green Darner  (Anax junius) 10
Eastern Ringtail  (Erpetogomphus disignatus) 1
Swift Setwing  (Dythemis velox) 5
Pale-faced Clubskimmer   (Brechmorhoga mendax) 1
Neon Skimmer  (Libellula croceipennis) 2
Comanche Skimmer  (L. Comanche) 1
Roseate Skimmer  (Orthemis ferruginea) 10
Autumn Meadowhawk  (Sympetrum vicinum) 5
Red Saddlebags (Tramea onusta) 1

Terry Hibbitts
Camp Wood Hills
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Subject: a few odes at Las Moras Creek yesterday (10/22)
From: "Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:27:39 -0700
Yesterday our district Cross Country meet was held at the Fort Clark Springs 
golf course. In between races, Dad and I looked around and found a few odes. It 
was overcast and threatening rain, so there wasn't a lot out and about, but we 
did see a few nice bugs, most of which are regular for this site. Best find was 
a pair of Orange-striped Threadtails ovipositing in tandem - this a new late 
date for Texas by about a week. 


List:

Acanthagrion quadratum (Mexican Wedgetail) 5-6
Argia rhoadsi (Golden-winged Dancer) 1
Argia sedula (Blue-ringed Dancer) 5-6
Argia translata (Dusky Dancer) 3
Enallagma civile (Familiar Bluet) 10+
Protoneura cara (Orange-striped Threadtail) 2
Anax junius (Common Green Darner) 5-6
Pantala flavescens (Wandering Glider) 5-6
Sympetrum corruptum (Variegated Meadowhawk) 1

Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX
Subject: Late Report - LRGV Oct 5th
From: "Kristy Baker krittybird AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:19:42 -0500
Hello,

I am beginning to go through photos from our visit to the LRGV.  Below are
the odes I seen during visits to Sabal Palms, Resaca de la Palma and
Coastal Fisheries on October 5th.  I've included a link to a spreadwing I
would like ID assistance on.

*Sabal Palms*
Black Saddlebags
Blue-fronted Dancer
Eastern Pondhawk
Great Pondhawk
Roseate Skimmer

*Resaca de la Palma*
Common Green Darner
Possible Rainpool Spreadwing ?
http://www.pbase.com/kristybaker/image/157925446

*Coastal Fisheries*
Amberwing sp
Blue Dasher
Common Green Darner
Eastern Pondhawk
Four-spotted Pennant
Ramburg's Forktail
Red-tailed Pennant
Spot-tailed Dasher

Kristy Baker
www.pbase.com/kristybaker
http://www.pbase.com/kristybaker/texas_trip__fall_2014
Rockvale, TN
Rutherford County
Subject: Mistake
From: "'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:44:18 -0500
I made a mistake on my ID of the Ivory-striped Sylph.  It should have been a
Jade-striped Sylph, which is a new county record.

 

Edwards Co. Miller Creek near junction of Nueces River.  There are some
records from Real County at Old Faithful Springs Creek at junction of Nueces
River about Ĺ mile from this Edwards County site.

 

Terry Hibbitts

Camp Woods

www.thehibbitts.net  

 
Subject: Variegated Meadowhawks in North Austin
From: "Mikael Behrens mikaelb AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:33:42 -0500
Howdy,

I've been slacking off with my regular Odonata observations in my northwest 
Austin neighborhood. But for the past couple weeks I have been seeing 
Variegated Meadowhawks here and there, just singly and once a mating pair. In 
my limited experience this is more of a winter species in central Texas so I 
thought I'd report my informal observations. Please let me know if I'm wrong 
about the seasonality of these bugs! 


Mikael Behrens
Northwest Austin
Williamson County



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Subject: Edwards County and Uvalde County
From: "'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:15:21 -0500
Uvalde County, Cooksey Park on the Nueces River and TX 55:  Oct. 17, 2014.
2:00 to 3:00 pm.

Not a lot of diversity, but some good numbers.  I looked at the old low
water crossing area only.

American Rubyspot (H. americana) 10
Kiowa Dancer (A. immunda) lots
Aztec Dancer (A. nahuana) lots
Blue-ringed Dancer (A. sedula) lots
Variable Dancer (A. fumipennis) 1
Arroyo Bluet (E. praevarum) 1
Double-striped Bluet (E. basidens) 4
Familiar Bluet (E. civile) 10
Flag-tailed Spinylegs (D. spoliatus) 3
Checkered Setwing  (D. fugax) 1
Swift Setwing (D. velox) 2
Comanche Skimmer (L. Comanche) 3
Neon Skimmer (L. croceipennis) 2

Edwards County, Miller Creek and Nueces River west of River Road (CR. 390).
Oct. 18, 2014.  12:00 to 3:00 pm

Not a bad day for Oct.  Good numbers and diversity.

American Rubyspot (H. americana) lots
Coppery Dancer (A. cuprea) 2
Comanche Dancer (A. barretti) 1
Variable Dancer (A. fumipennis) 8
Kiowa Dancer (A. immunda) lots
Blue-ringed Dancer (A. sedula) lots
Dusky Dancer (A. translate) 10
Double-striped Bluet (E. basidens) lots
Familiar Bluet (E. civile) 10
Stream Bluet (E. exsulans) 1
Arroyo Bluet (E. praevarum) 8
Neotropical Bluet (E. novaehispaniae) 8
Desert Firetail (T. salva) 1
Common Green Darner (A. junius) 2
Eastern Ringtail (E. designatus) 5
Swift Setwing (D. velox) lots
Black Setwing (D. nigrescens) 1
Pale-faced Clubskimmer (B. mendax) 2
Ivory-striped Sylph  (M. imitans) 1
Slough Amberwing  (P. domitia) 6
Autumn Meadowhawk (S. vicinum) 1
Red Saddlebags (T. onusta) 1

A few photos will be posted to Tex odes facebook page later.

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Subject: Just missed a Migration Event in Port Aransas
From: "Mikael Behrens mikaelb AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:08:33 -0500
Howdy,

I spent a long weekend in Port Aransas (Nueces County). I drove back
to Austin yesterday morning and heard about a dragonfly migration
event yesterday afternoon. From my dad on Lantana Street:

"The wind changed direction early this afternoon, and thousands of
dragon flies went by."
"They were heading down the island = southwest (maybe to avoid flying
over  the water)."

I wish I had seen it! The predominant species I saw on the island last
weekend was Common Green Darner. I observed herons and kestrels
preying on them. There were smaller numbers of Black Saddlebags.

Mikael Behrens
Port Aransas (just for the weekend)
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Subject: Phyllogomphoides
From: "Mike May phenes53 AT yahoo.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:37:42 -0700
Dennis is exactly correct about the confusing status in the Manual of the 
common name of Phyllogomphoides nayaritensis. Now that it comes up, I remember 
him convincing me that West 

Mexican Leaftail would be best. That's what I'd propose for the DSA names 
committee. I'll try to get a note in the next ARGIA to clarify this and a few 
other gaffes. Just remember, hereafter it's what I meant, not what I said. 


Mike May
Subject: Phyllogomphoides
From: "Mike May phenes53 AT yahoo.com [se-odonata]" <se-odonata-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:37:42 -0700
Dennis is exactly correct about the confusing status in the Manual of the 
common name of Phyllogomphoides nayaritensis. Now that it comes up, I remember 
him convincing me that West 

Mexican Leaftail would be best. That's what I'd propose for the DSA names 
committee. I'll try to get a note in the next ARGIA to clarify this and a few 
other gaffes. Just remember, hereafter it's what I meant, not what I said. 


Mike May
Subject: Phyllogomphoides
From: "Mike May phenes53 AT yahoo.com [NEodes]" <NEodes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:37:42 -0700
Dennis is exactly correct about the confusing status in the Manual of the 
common name of Phyllogomphoides nayaritensis. Now that it comes up, I remember 
him convincing me that West 

Mexican Leaftail would be best. That's what I'd propose for the DSA names 
committee. I'll try to get a note in the next ARGIA to clarify this and a few 
other gaffes. Just remember, hereafter it's what I meant, not what I said. 


Mike May
Subject: Re: [TexOdes] [se-odonata] New Mexico: First US record of Phyllogomphoides nayaritensis
From: Michael Blust <blustm AT greenmtn.edu>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:10:19 -0400
For editing purposes, note that it is listed as "Clear-faced" in the
indices on pp 643 and 649 as well.

Mike B.

*Michael H. Blust*
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Mexico
Prof. Emer. Green Mountain College

On Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM,  wrote:

>
> Dennis is exactly correct. Now that it comes up, I remember him convincing
> me that West Mexican Leaftail would be best. That's what I'd propose for
> the DSA names committee. I'll try to get a note in the next ARGIA to
> clarify this and a few other gaffes. Just remember, hereafter it's what I
> meant, not what I said.
>
> Mike May
>
> > Simple answer, now that I look again. It’s Clear-faced Clubtail at the
> species, West Mexican Leaftail on the list of species at the front, where I
> had just looked. Mike decided to change it to West Mexican, and it didn’t
> get changed in both places. So only one version, two names. We will
> hopefully settle on West Mexican.DennisOn Oct 10, 2014, at 8:57 AM, Chris
> Hill  wrote:> Curiouser and curiouser - my third
> edition, like Ed’s, has Clear-faced Leaftail for Phyllogomphoides
> nayaritensis Belle.  Apparently there was more than one version of the
> Third Edition (Green Cover) in circulation?> > Chris> > > On Oct 10, 2014,
> at 11:23 AM, Dennis Paulson dennispaulson AT comcast.net [TexOdes]  noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:> >> >> >> This is a second sending. There
> seems to be no problem, as the Third Edition of Needham, Westfall & May in
> fact uses West Mexican Leaftail for this species! Did you have a manuscript
> copy of that book before it was published, Ed?>> >> Dennis>> > >
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Subject: Russett-tipped Clubtail, Fort Clark Springs 10/9/14
From: "Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 06:11:58 -0700
Yesterday I went out to FCS to run the trails - parked next to Las Moras Creek 
and noticed a clubtail patrolling over the stream - went to see what it was, 
expecting an Eastern Ringtail and was surprised to see my first Russett-tipped 
Clubtail for this location. Its not a new county record, as there is an old 
"Dot Map" record for the county, but it is my first sighting of this species 
for Fort Clark Springs. I'll go back on Saturday or Sunday to see if I can get 
a photo. 


Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX
Subject: Chisos & Marathon Odes
From: "Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 14:26:51 -0700
Hiked the high Chisos on Saturday, saw very few Odes, despite ample (seasonal) 
water in Boot Creek . . . only a single Familiar Bluet, 2 Great Spreadwings, 2 
Variegated Meadowhawks (S Rim), and 1 Rhionaeshna sp -female (S Rim) 


Stopped at roadside pond east of Marathon on Hwy 90 around noon today on way 
home, saw: 


10+ Plateau Spreadwing
10+ Familiar Bluet
3 Common Green Darner
10+ Variegated Meadowhawk
2 Black Saddlebags
4-5 Red Saddlebags

I did see 4-5 Orange Giant Skippers on the Emory Peak trail in the high Chisos 
. . . 


Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX
Subject: Plata Tank south of Marfa
From: "'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:18:46 -0500
On the way home from New Mexico, I stopped at Plata Tank south of Marfa.
This is an old railroad water tank that over flows into a couple of ponds
(one of which is public).  These ponds overflow into boggy area that then
flows into another pond on private property.  This is a popular place for
birders especially during migration.  Anyway I wanted to check it out. I
have photos of most of this stuff and I noticed that OC didn't have anything
from this site so I will post when I go through them.

TX:  Presidio County, 25 miles southeast of US 67 on FM 169.  9:45 am -
11:00 am on September 12, 2014.

Great Spreadwing 1 
Plateau Spreadwing 2
Blue-fronted Dancer 5
Blue-ringed Dancer 4
Variable Dancer 1
Kiowa Dancer 6
Arroyo Bluet 3
Familiar Bluet lots
Mexican Forktail 4
Black-fronted Forktail 1
Desert Firetail 2
Common Green Darner lots
Plateau Dragonlet lots
Eastern Pondhawk 1
Comanche Skimmer 4
Flame Skimmer lots
Roseate Skimmer 8
Variegated Meadowhawk lots
Desert Whitetail 10
Red Saddlebags 1

Also stopped at Post Park south of Marathon (I can't pass this place up when
in the area).  It sure has grown up in cattails.

TX:  Brewster County, Post Park (County Park) south of Marathon at end of
county park road. 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm September 12, 2014

Aztec Dancer lots
Kiowa Dancer 5
Blue-ringed Dancer lots
Leonora's Dancer 1
Familiar Bluets lots
Rambur's Forktail 2
Blue-eyed Darner 6
Common Green Darner lots
Plateau Dragonlet 2
Flame Skimmer 10
Comanche Skimmer 4
Widow Skimmer 1
Swift Setwing 5
Checkered Setwing 2
Blue Dasher lots
Eastern Amberwing lots
Desert Whitetail 4
Filigree Skimmer 2
Black Saddlebags 1

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Subject: Silver Falls Rest Area
From: "'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:34:36 -0500
On my way to New Mexico for a couple of weeks.  Decided to stop at the
Silver Falls Rest Area that I had heard so much about.  This is a great
area.  12:30 pm - 2:30 pm.

TX: Crosby County, Silver Falls Rest Area, US 82. August 31, 2014.

Great Spreadwing 1 (Archilestes grandis)
Blue-fronted Dancer lots (Argia apicalis)
Blue-ringed Dancer lots (Argia sedula)
Variable Dancer 6 (Argia fumipennis)
Paiute Dancer 2  This is the one I was looking for. (Argia alberta)
Powdered Dancer 2 (Argia moesta)
Dusky Dancer 1 (Argia translate)
Springwater Dancer lots (Argia plana)
Familiar Bluet 6 (Enallagma civile)
Double-striped Bluet 2 (Enallagma basidens)
Black-fronted Forktail  10+ (Ischnura denticollis)
Desert Firetail lots (Telebasis salva)
Common Green Darner 1 (Anax junius)
Checkered Setwing 2 (Dythemis fugax)
Eastern Pondhawk 1  (Erythemis simplicicollis)
Twelve-spotted Skimmer 1 (Libellula pulchella)
Widow Skimmer 3 (Libellula luctuosa)
Comanche Skimmer 10 (Libellula comanche)
Roseate Skimmer 1 (Orthemis ferruginea)
Autumn Meadowhawk 1 Sympetrum vicinum)
Eastern Amberwing 1 (Perithemis tenera)
Common Whitetail lots  (Plathemis lydia)
Red Saddlebags 10  (Tramea onusta)

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Subject: Lake Creek Trail in Northwest Austin
From: "Mikael Behrens mikaelb AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:21:02 -0500
Howdy,

I spent about 1.5 hours on Lake Creek Trail in northwest Austin counting 
odonates this morning. Diversity seems to be getting a bit lower. 14 species 
were observed: 


     location     |    date    |   time   | duration 
------------------+------------+----------+----------
 Saddlebrook Pond | 2014-08-30 | 10:43:00 | 01:31:00

       common_name        | count 
--------------------------+-------
 Black Saddlebags         |     9
 Blue Dasher              |     8
 Blue-ringed Dancer       |     2
 Broad-striped Forceptail |     2
 Common Green Darner      |    10
 Common Whitetail         |     2
 Eastern Amberwing        |     2
 Eastern Pondhawk         |    26
 Four-spotted Pennant     |     2
 Kiowa Dancer             |     1
 Red Saddlebags           |     8
 Roseate Skimmer          |     4
 Wandering Glider         |     3
 Widow Skimmer            |     3

Here are a few observations on iNaturalist:

http://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/mikaelb/2014/8/30

Mikael Behrens
Austin
Williamson County
Subject: Las Moras Creek, Fort Clark Springs/Brackettville today
From: "Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:53:23 -0700
After work today, I ran out to do a short afternoon survey along Las Moras 
Creek/Fort Clark Springs . . . hit the area near the entrance, the "beaver 
ponds", and walked trails away from the water on the NE portion of the FCS 
area. For the 4th time this year, I saw a probable Regal Darner but was unable 
to get photo - this one particularly frustrating because I flushed it (the 
other 3 were fly-bys). Found: 


Argia immunda (Kiowa Dancer) 1
Argia moesta (Powdered Dancer) 1
Argia rhoadsi (Golden-winged Dancer) lots
Argia sedula (Blue-ringed Dancer) lots
Argia translata (Dusky Dancer) 10+
Enallagma basidens (Double-striped Bluet) 1
Enallagma praevarum (Arroyo Bluet) 10+

Anax junius (Common Green Darner) lots
Coryphaeshna sp (probable Regal Darner) 1
Aphylla angustifolia (Broad-striped Forceptail) 4
Dromogomphus spoliatus (Flag-tailed Spinyleg) 10+
Dythemis nigrescens (Black Setwing) lots
Dythemis velox (Swift Setwing) 10+
Erythemis simplicicollis (Eastern Pondhawk) lots
Libellula luctuosa (Widow Skimmer) 10+
Orthemis ferruginea (Roseate Skimmer) 2
Pachydiplax longipennis (Blue Dasher) lots
Pantala flavescens (Wandering Glider) 10+
Pantala hymenea (Spot-winged Glider) 10+
Plathemis lydia (Common Whitetail) 1
Sympetrum corruptum (Variegated Meadowhawk) 1
Tramea lacerata (Black Saddlebags) 3-4
Tramea onusta (Red Saddlebags) lots

Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX
Subject: Odes at Fort Clark Springs pool & spring lake today
From: "Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:11:17 -0700
Went for a swim at the FCS pool today, and as is my habit, I made a quick 
survey of the spring lake and water divergence channel for Las Moras Creek.† 
Had good numbers of what was flying, and saw several of the local specialties: 


Acanthagrion quadratum (Mexican Wedgetail) 1
Argia immunda (Kiowa Dancer) 4-5
Argia moesta (Powdered Dancer) 2
Argia rhoadsi (Golden-winged Dancer) 5-6
Argia sedula (Blue-ringed Dancer) 10+
Enallagma exsulans (Stream Bluet) 10+
Enallagma praevarum (Arroyo Bluet) lots
Enallagma signatum (Orange Bluet) 4-5
Telebasis salva (Desert Firetail) 10+

Anax junius (Common Green Darner) lots
Dromogomphus spoliatus (Flag-tailed Spinyleg) 1
Cannaphila insularis (Gray-waisted Skimmer) 3
Dythemis nigrescens (Black Setwing) 4-5
Dythemis velox (Swift Setwing) 1
Erythemis simplicollis (Eastern Pondhawk) lots
Orthemis ferruginea (Roseate Skimmer) 2
Pachydiplax longipennis (Blue Dasher) lots
Pantala flavescens (Wandering Glider) 10+
Perithemis tenera (Eastern Amberwing) 4-5
Tramea lacerta (Black Saddlebags) 5-6
Tramea onusta (Red Saddlebags) lots

Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX
Subject: Lake Creek Trail in Northwest Austin
From: "Mikael Behrens mikaelb AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:14:31 -0500
Howdy,

I spent a couple hours on Lake Creek Trail in northwest Austin counting 
odonates this morning. Numbers of Four-spotted Pennants were much lower than 
previous weeks. Here's what I saw: 


     location     |    date    |   time   | duration 
------------------+------------+----------+----------
 Saddlebrook Pond | 2014-08-24 | 09:37:00 | 01:45:00


       common_name        | count 
--------------------------+-------
 American Rubyspot        |     2
 Black Saddlebags         |    15
 Blue Dasher              |     9
 Blue-ringed Dancer       |     1
 Broad-striped Forceptail |     1
 Common Green Darner      |     8
 Common Whitetail         |     4
 Eastern Pondhawk         |    16
 Four-spotted Pennant     |     1
 Rambur's Forktail        |     2
 Red Saddlebags           |    20
 Roseate Skimmer          |     3
 Spot-winged Glider       |     2
 Wandering Glider         |    16
 Widow Skimmer            |     4
(15 rows)

The list is just in alphabetical order by common name for now. I'm working on 
adding taxonomic ordering to my database. :) 


Here are a few observations on iNaturalist:

http://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/mikaelb/2014/8/24

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Subject: Fort Clark Springs the past few days.
From: "alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Aug 2014 07:15:38 -0700
Made a couple of casual surveys at Fort Clark Springs near the pool the past 
couple of days. Best sighting was a probable Regal Darner at the end of the day 
yesterday. It was definitely a large Coryphaeshna. My species list includes: 
Mexican Wedgetail, Golden-winged Dancer, Blue-ringed Dancer, Dusky Dancer, 
Kiowa Dancer, Neotropical Bluet, Arroyo Bluet, Desrt Fire tail, Common Green 
Darner, Five-striped Leaf tail, Flag-tailed Spinyleg, Eastern Pondhawk, Blue 
Dasher, Eastern Amber wing, Black Set wing, Wandering Glider, Spot-winged 
Glider, Red Saddlebags, Black Saddlebags, Widow Skimmer. Troy Hibbitts 
Brackettville, TX 
Subject: Real Co., Bullhead Creek
From: "'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:02:33 -0500
I checked out Bullhead Creek on Thursday briefly.  Decided to go back today
with binoculars and camera to do a more thorough search.  Bullhead is an
upper Nueces River tributary.

TX:  Real Co. Bullhead Creek crossings off of FM 2631 east of Vance on FM
355.  11:00 am to 1:25 pm. August 16, 2014

#1 - 8.1 miles east
#2 - 6.9 miles east
#3 - 5.0 miles east
#4 - 4.6 miles east

American Rubyspot - at each stop 9
Variable Dancer - #1,2,3 stops 16
Kiowa Dancer - all stops lots
Powdered Dancer - last two stops 8
Blue-ringed Dancer - #2,3,4 stops 14
Dusky Dancer - all stops lots
Double-striped Bluet - #2,3,4 stops 11
Stream Bluet -1 and 2 stops 4
Common Green Darner - #1,2,3 stops 5
Flag-tailed Spinylegs - 3rd stop 1
Eastern Ringtail - 3 and 4 stops 2
Five-striped Leaftail - all stops 5
Pale-faced Clubskimmer - 1st stop 1
Banded Pennant - all stops 16
Checkered Setwing - all stops 12
Swift Setwing - #2,3,4 stops 6
Eastern Pondhawk- #1,2,3 stops 4
Comanche Skimmer - #3 and 4 stops 3
Neon Skimmer- 1st stop 2
Blue Dasher - 2nd stop 1
Wandering Gilder - all stops lots
Spot-winged Glider - #2 and 3 stops 4
Black Saddlebags - #1 and 4 stops 2
Red Saddlebags - all stops 10

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Subject: Pecos County
From: "'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:37:24 -0500
Troy stopped at the Pecos River west of Imperial on FM 11 on his way to New
Mexico last week.  He called and said that Bleached Skimmers were flying. I
have not photographed them in Texas.

Today (July 28) I decided to check it out.

 

TX: Pecos Co., Pecos River west of Imperial on FM 11 from 10:45 - 1:00 pm.

 

Mostly salt water stuff:  Desert Fortktail (Ischnura barberi) lots, Seaside
Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax berenice) lots and lots,  Libellula composite
(Bleached Skimmer) 10, Marl Pennant (Macrodiplax balteata) lots and lots,
Roseated Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea) 2,  Red Saddlebags (Tramea onusta) 1.

 

I have not seen that many Seaside Dragonlets even on the coast.

 

Terry Hibbitts

Camp Wood Hills

 
Subject: Report from Gonzales, Texas 28 July 2014
From: "glasley AT earthlink.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jul 2014 19:13:44 -0700
Hello Texas Odonate Folks:
 

 Just a brief report from Independence Park in Gonzales. Jerry Hatfield (from 
Lubbock) and I spent a few hours at Independence Park in Gonzales this morning 
and early afternoon. Hot and humid would describe the weather. 

 

 Smoky Rubyspot (Hetaerina titia) - several
 Blue-fronted Dancer (Argia apicalis) - many
 Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta) - abundant
 Blue-ringed Dancer (Argia sedula) - several
 Stream Bluet (Enallagma exsulans) - 2
 Common Green Darner (Anax junius) - a few
 Broad-striped Forceptail (Aphylla angustifolia) - 1
 Flag-tailed Spinyleg (Dromogomphus spoliatus) - 10 or so
 Blue-faced Ringtail (Erpetogomphus eutainia) - 1 female seen by Jerry only, 
but not photographed 

 Dragonhunter (Hagenius brevistylus) - 1
 Five-striped Leaftail (Phyllogomphoides albrighti) - about a dozen
 Russet-tipped Clubtail (Stylurus plagiatus) - a few
 River Cruiser species (Macromia species) - several seen in flight, not 
identified to species 

 Swift Setwing (Dythemis velox) - a few
 Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) - several
 Great Pondhawk (Erythemis vesiculosa) - about a dozen
 Roseate Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea) - common
 Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) - a few
 Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) - a few
 Red Saddlebags (Tramea onusta) - several
 

 Jerry’s observation of the Blue-faced Ringtail was the first observation of 
that species at this location since 2012 as far as I am aware. Despite 
continued searching we were not able to refind it. From 2003 through 2010 the 
species was relatively common at this location, but since has been quite 
scarce. 

 

 Greg Lasley
 
 Dripping Springs, Texas
 

 

Subject: Uvalde County
From: "'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:31:20 -0500
Stopped briefly at two places on the Nueces River on the way home from
Brackettville

July 26, 2014.

 

Texas: Uvalde County, County Road 416 east of TX 55 at Nueces River:  12:00
to 1:00 pm

 

Not much:  American Rubyspot 5, Kiowa Dancer 6, Blue-ringed Dancer 1, Dusky
Dancer 10, Double-striped Bluet 2 , Eastern Ringtail 3, Five-striped
Leaftail 2, Pale-faced Clubskimmer 1, Banded Pennant 5, Checkered Setwing 2,
Swift Setwing 1, Roseate Skimmer 1, Wandering Glider 1, and Red Saddlebags
1.

 

Texas:  Uvalde County, Nueces River below dam at Cooksey Park on TX 55.
1:15 to 3:00 pm

 

American Rubyspot lots, Variable Dancer 1, Kiowa Dancer lots, Powdered
Dancer 4, Blue-ringed Dancer lots,  Dusky Dancer 10, Aztec Dancer 6,
Double-striped Bluet 10, Stream Bluet 1, Arroyo Bluet 4, Eastern Ringtail 6,
Five-striped Leaftail, 10, Banded Pennant 2, Eastern Pondhawk 3, Comanche
Skimmer 6, Neon Skimmer 1, Roseate Skimmer 1, Wandering Glider 1, and Red
Saddlebags 2.

 

Terry Hibbitts

Camp Wood Hills
Subject: Christmas Mountains Swampdamsel
From: "Mike Rickard folksinger4 AT yahoo.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:16:34 -0700
For those who might miss it, Carolyn Ohl-Johnson has photographed a 
Cream-tipped Swampdamsel at her property in the Christmas Mountains. 

Wow! †Below is the link to her blog.
Mike Rickard
Mission TX



Christmas Mountains Oasis

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Christmas Mountains Oasis
After banding at a couple of places south of the oasis today, Kelly and I came 
to the oasis to see what was here. 

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Subject: Re: Digest Number 1673
From: "Mikael Behrens mikaelb AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:33:50 -0500
Yes, that should have been Four-spotted Pennant. Thanks!

Mikael

On Jul 21, 2014, at 9:40 AM, 'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes] 
wrote: 



You did mean Four-spotted Pennant right??? Since Four-spotted Skimmers are not 
found in Texas. 


 

Terry Hibbitts

Camp Wood Hills

www.thehibbitts.net

 

 

2a
Northwest Austin (Lake Creek Trail) 
Sun Jul 20, 2014 3:30 pm (PDT) . Posted by: 
"Mikael Behrens" mikael_behrens 
Howdy,

I spent 2.5 hours counting odes on Lake Creek Trail in far northwest Austin 
today, starting at about 11:00 AM. Here's my list. Can anyone suggest what the 
"Yellow" dragonflies might have been? I don't think they were Wandering Gliders 
because of the lack of a dark dorsal stripe. Thanks! 


American Rubyspot 2
Double-striped Bluet 1
Powdered Dancer 1
Blue-ringed Dancer 1

Roseate skimmer 9
Four-spotted Skimmer 13
Blue Dasher 17
Widow Skimmer 13
Black Saddlebags 1
Eastern Pondhawk 10
Red Saddlebags 13
Prince Baskettail 2
Common Green Darner 2
Eastern Amberwing 4
Swift Setwing 1
Yellow 2
ē Bright yellow face, abdomen
ē Slightly darker thorax
ē No stripe down back of abdomen
ē Patrolling low over water
Spot-winged Glider 4
Comanche Skimmer 1
Common Whitetail 8
Halloween Pennant 1
Wandering Glider 6
Broad-striped Forceptail 1
Eastern Ringtail 1

Here are my iNaturalist observations:

http://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/mikaelb/2014/7/20

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Austin
Williamson County

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Subject: RE: Digest Number 1673
From: "'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:40:52 -0500
You did mean Four-spotted Pennant right???  Since Four-spotted Skimmers are
not found in Texas.

 

Terry Hibbitts

Camp Wood Hills

www.thehibbitts.net  

 

 


2a 


 
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Austin (Lake Creek Trail) 


Sun Jul 20, 2014 3:30 pm (PDT) . Posted by: 


 
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Howdy,

I spent 2.5 hours counting odes on Lake Creek Trail in far northwest Austin
today, starting at about 11:00 AM. Here's my list. Can anyone suggest what
the "Yellow" dragonflies might have been? I don't think they were Wandering
Gliders because of the lack of a dark dorsal stripe. Thanks!

American Rubyspot 2
Double-striped Bluet 1
Powdered Dancer 1
Blue-ringed Dancer 1

Roseate skimmer 9
Four-spotted Skimmer 13
Blue Dasher 17
Widow Skimmer 13
Black Saddlebags 1
Eastern Pondhawk 10
Red Saddlebags 13
Prince Baskettail 2
Common Green Darner 2
Eastern Amberwing 4
Swift Setwing 1
Yellow 2
. Bright yellow face, abdomen
. Slightly darker thorax
. No stripe down back of abdomen
. Patrolling low over water
Spot-winged Glider 4
Comanche Skimmer 1
Common Whitetail 8
Halloween Pennant 1
Wandering Glider 6
Broad-striped Forceptail 1
Eastern Ringtail 1

Here are my iNaturalist observations:

http://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/mikaelb/2014/7/20

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Williamson County

 
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Subject: Swamp Darner at Utopia over a month
From: "mitch AT utopianature.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:01:22 -0700
Hi all,

There has been a SWAMP DARNER (Epiaeschna heros) at Utopia Park
which I first saw June 13, and have seen weekly patrolling the
same area up to July 18 so far.  It is a few feet from where I
found the first Uvalde Co. record July 27, 2009, in the swampy area
between island and riverbank at northmost end of park.

I have been seeing a few Orange-striped Threadtail (Protoneura cara)
just south of the island along riverbank, but not many.  Overall the
ode numbers here are depressingly depressed from the ongoing drought.

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Subject: Northwest Austin (Lake Creek Trail)
From: "Mikael Behrens mikaelb AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:29:51 -0500
Howdy,

I spent 2.5 hours counting odes on Lake Creek Trail in far northwest Austin 
today, starting at about 11:00 AM. Here's my list. Can anyone suggest what the 
"Yellow" dragonflies might have been? I don't think they were Wandering Gliders 
because of the lack of a dark dorsal stripe. Thanks! 


American Rubyspot 2
Double-striped Bluet 1
Powdered Dancer 1
Blue-ringed Dancer 1

Roseate skimmer 9
Four-spotted Skimmer 13
Blue Dasher 17
Widow Skimmer 13
Black Saddlebags 1
Eastern Pondhawk 10
Red Saddlebags 13
Prince Baskettail 2
Common Green Darner 2
Eastern Amberwing 4
Swift Setwing 1
Yellow 2
	ē Bright yellow face, abdomen
	ē Slightly darker thorax
	ē No stripe down back of abdomen
	ē Patrolling low over water
Spot-winged Glider 4
Comanche Skimmer 1
Common Whitetail 8
Halloween Pennant 1
Wandering Glider 6
Broad-striped Forceptail 1
Eastern Ringtail 1

Here are my iNaturalist observations:

http://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/mikaelb/2014/7/20

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Subject: Re: The Bentsen list
From: "Joshua Rose opihi AT mindspring.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:51:54 -0400
On Jul 12, 2014, at 11:23 PM, Joshua Rose opihi AT mindspring.com [TexOdes] 
 wrote: 

> 
> Species that come to mind which are not on the park's list as far as I know, 
but seem like they should be: 

> Spreadwings - only 2 of the 6 Valley species on the current park list
> Blue-faced Darner (Coryphaeshna adnexa) - Bentsen and Santa Ana share most of 
the same darner species, but this oneís only been at Santa Ana so far to my 
knowledge 

> Tamaulipan Clubtail (Gomphus gonzalesi) - their main stronghold is right next 
door at the NABA center; have any been seen at Bentsen yet? 


Hi again,

I have received an affirmative answer to the above question which I posed about 
a week ago. Rick Nirschl did indeed see G. gonzalesi at Bentsen, on March 18 
2012. Apparently there were a few other sightings in the park after that. So, 
the Bentsen park odonate list is 84 species, for nowÖ. 


(thanks Rick!)

Cheers,

Josh



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Subject: San Felipe Creek, Del Rio, today
From: "Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:16:58 -0700
Took my daughter over to see a movie in Del Rio today and stopped by San Felipe 
Creek first for a little Odeing.† Nothing too exciting, very low numbers of 
Libellulids, but all 3 species of Protoneurids remain present.† Also had a 
single female Gray-waisted Skimmer and a single male Broad-striped Forceptail. 


My list:

Hetaerina americana (American Rubyspot) lots
Hetaernia titia (Smoky Rubyspot) 2-3
Argia immunda (Kiowa Dancer) 10+
Argia moesta (Powdered Dancer) lots
Argia rhoadsi (Golden-winged Dancer) 2
Argia sedula (Blue-ringed Dancer) 10+
Argia translata (Dusky Dancer) 10+
Enallagma praevarum (Arroyo Bluet) 10+
Neoneura aaroni (Coral-fronted Threadtail) 1-2
Neoneura amelia (Amelia's Threadtail) 1-2
Protoneura cara (Orange-striped Threadtail) 4-5
Aphylla angustifolia (Broad-striped Forceptail) 1
Dromogomphus spoliatus (Flag-tailed Spinyleg) 1
Erpetogomphus designatus (Eastern Ringtail) 10+
Phyllogomphoides sp (Leaftail, likely Five-striped) 1
Brechmorhoga mendax (Pale-faced Clubskimmer) 10+
Cannaphila insularis (Gray-waisted Skimmer) 1
Dythemis nigrescens (Black Setwing) 3-4
Erythrodiplax umbrata (Band-winged Dragonlet) 1
Pantala hymenea (Spot-winged Glider) 3-4
Pseudoleon superbus (Filigree Skimmer) 3
Tramea onusta (Red Saddlebags) 2-3

Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX
Subject: Edwards County
From: "'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:46:25 -0500
I had to go to Rocksprings on business today, so on the way home I stopped
off at one of my favorite ode sites.

 

TX: Edwards County, Axis Springs resident only park, July 14, 2014 at 12:00
to 2:00 pm.  Water levels were lower than I have ever seen even though the
springs were flowing about as much as I have seen.

 

Variable Dancer (Argia fumipennis) 7, Lavender Dancer (Argia hinei) 3, Aztec
Dancer (Argia nahuana) 1, Dusky Dancer (Argia translata) 10+, Double-striped
Bluet (Enallagma basidens) 6, Desert Firetail (Telebasis salva) 4,
Four-striped Leaftail (Phyllogomphoides stigmatus) 5, Banded Pennant
(Celithemis fasciata) 4, Checkered Setwing (Dythemis fugax) 10+, Black
Setwing (Dythemis nigrescens) 1, Red-faced Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax fusca)
1, Comanche Skimmer (Libellula Comanche) 1, Neon Skimmer (Libellula
croceipennis) 2,  Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) 6, Flame Skimmer
(Libellula saturata) 8, Carmine Skimmer (Orthemis discolor) 2, Roseate
Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea) lots, Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) 1,
Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) 1, Filigree Skimmer (Pseudoleon superbus)
2, Red Saddlebags (Tramea onusta).

 

The Red-faced Dragonlet was the first seen at this site.  This site is not
far from record in OC at Hackberry Creek on TX 55.  It was a teneral female.

 

Also stopped at Little Hackberry Creek crossing on TX 55 briefly:  observed:
Variable Dancer 3, Blue-ringed Dancer 6, Double-striped Bluet 10+, Familiar
Bluet 5, Desert Firetail 2, Checkered Setwing 6, Eastern Pondhawk 1, Widow
Skimmer 1, Roseate Skimmer 2, and Red Saddlebags 1

 

 

Terry Hibbitts

Camp Wood Hills

www.thehibbitts.net  

 

 
Subject: Re: Taurophila habitat at Bentsen
From: "Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:12:48 -0700
I don't recall ever seeing any floating plants such as water hyacinth in the 
Resaca at Bentsen, unless it was in the back end of the Resaca out of the state 
park property. 


Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX
 

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Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 11:17 AM
Subject: Re: [TexOdes] Taurophila habitat at Bentsen
  


I can’t say it wasn’t the giant cane, but as Josh implied, I think all 
Tauriphila species (as well as Miathyria) use floating plants such as water 
lettuce and water hyacinth in which to breed, and my thought was that they were 
restricted to or almost restricted to such habitats. I’ve seen them all over 
the tropics, and unless it’s a feeding swarm away from water, they are almost 
always associated with such plants. But from what you say, I take it there was 
no change in such plants at Bentsen because of the flood, so that’s 
interesting. 


I’ve been surprised that Tauriphila hasn’t colonized the beds of water 
hyacinth where Terry Fuller has found Telebasis digiticollis again and again. 
They might not if there was no open water, I suppose. 


Dennis Paulson
Seattle, WA





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>
>my guess (and it is a guess only) is that the Taurophila larvae were using the 
semi-floating mats of giant cane (their roots) at Bentsen . . . the majority of 
which were killed in the aftermath of the flood . . . and that Planiplax larvae 
were using something else.  You can still find root masses of giant cane well 
up and away from water even now, almost 4 years after the flood. 

>
>This is the only immediately noticeable difference to the Resaca before and 
after the flood that I can see, which is why I surmise that the killing of the 
giant cane (only now beginning to recover) resulted in the loss of Taurophila 
from the park . . .  

>
>Of course, it could be something else entirely LOL
>
>Troy Hibbitts
>Brackettville, TX
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Subject: Re: Taurophila habitat at Bentsen
From: "'David T. Dauphin' dauphins AT sbcglobal.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:00:51 -0500
We had them in late May, 2011 at the entrance gate at Bentsen. Scarce, but 
probably still there, just not a lot of folks looking. 

David Dauphin
On Jul 13, 2014, at 11:17 AM, Dennis Paulson dennispaulson AT comcast.net 
[TexOdes] wrote: 


> I canít say it wasnít the giant cane, but as Josh implied, I think all 
Tauriphila species (as well as Miathyria) use floating plants such as water 
lettuce and water hyacinth in which to breed, and my thought was that they were 
restricted to or almost restricted to such habitats. Iíve seen them all over 
the tropics, and unless itís a feeding swarm away from water, they are almost 
always associated with such plants. But from what you say, I take it there was 
no change in such plants at Bentsen because of the flood, so thatís 
interesting. 

> 
> 
> Iíve been surprised that Tauriphila hasnít colonized the beds of water 
hyacinth where Terry Fuller has found Telebasis digiticollis again and again. 
They might not if there was no open water, I suppose. 

> 
> Dennis Paulson
> Seattle, WA
> 
> On Jul 13, 2014, at 7:28 AM, Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes] 
 wrote: 

> 
>> 
>> my guess (and it is a guess only) is that the Taurophila larvae were using 
the semi-floating mats of giant cane (their roots) at Bentsen . . . the 
majority of which were killed in the aftermath of the flood . . . and that 
Planiplax larvae were using something else. You can still find root masses of 
giant cane well up and away from water even now, almost 4 years after the 
flood. 

>> 
>> This is the only immediately noticeable difference to the Resaca before and 
after the flood that I can see, which is why I surmise that the killing of the 
giant cane (only now beginning to recover) resulted in the loss of Taurophila 
from the park . . . 

>> 
>> Of course, it could be something else entirely LOL
>> 
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>> Brackettville, TX
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Subject: Re: Taurophila habitat at Bentsen
From: "Mike Rickard folksinger4 AT yahoo.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:23:46 -0700
I photographed an Arch-tipped Glider June 2, 2011, at the Bentsen boat ramp 
area, for what it's worth.  I will try attaching a photo.  I've not posted 
these anywhere.   

Mike Rickard
Mission

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Subject: Re: [TexOdes] Taurophila habitat at Bentsen
 


  
I think these are the last photos of Taurophila ever taken at Bentsen, I was 
the last person to walk out of Bentsen as the waters were rising...taken on 
July 8, 2010 at 10:06 am, right before the park was evacuated 


Tripp Davenport Uvalde Texas


On Jul 13, 2014, at 9:28 AM, "Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" 
 wrote: 



  
>my guess (and it is a guess only) is that the Taurophila larvae were using the 
semi-floating mats of giant cane (their roots) at Bentsen . . . the majority of 
which were killed in the aftermath of the flood . . . and that Planiplax larvae 
were using something else.  You can still find root masses of giant cane well 
up and away from water even now, almost 4 years after the flood. 

>
>This is the only immediately noticeable difference to the Resaca before and 
after the flood that I can see, which is why I surmise that the killing of the 
giant cane (only now beginning to recover) resulted in the loss of Taurophila 
from the park . . . 

>
>Of course, it could be something else entirely LOL
>
>Troy Hibbitts
>Brackettville, TX


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Subject: Re: Taurophila habitat at Bentsen
From: "Dennis Paulson dennispaulson AT comcast.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:17:08 -0700
I canít say it wasnít the giant cane, but as Josh implied, I think all 
Tauriphila species (as well as Miathyria) use floating plants such as water 
lettuce and water hyacinth in which to breed, and my thought was that they were 
restricted to or almost restricted to such habitats. Iíve seen them all over 
the tropics, and unless itís a feeding swarm away from water, they are almost 
always associated with such plants. But from what you say, I take it there was 
no change in such plants at Bentsen because of the flood, so thatís 
interesting. 


Iíve been surprised that Tauriphila hasnít colonized the beds of water hyacinth 
where Terry Fuller has found Telebasis digiticollis again and again. They might 
not if there was no open water, I suppose. 


Dennis Paulson
Seattle, WA

On Jul 13, 2014, at 7:28 AM, Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes] 
 wrote: 


> 
> my guess (and it is a guess only) is that the Taurophila larvae were using 
the semi-floating mats of giant cane (their roots) at Bentsen . . . the 
majority of which were killed in the aftermath of the flood . . . and that 
Planiplax larvae were using something else. You can still find root masses of 
giant cane well up and away from water even now, almost 4 years after the 
flood. 

> 
> This is the only immediately noticeable difference to the Resaca before and 
after the flood that I can see, which is why I surmise that the killing of the 
giant cane (only now beginning to recover) resulted in the loss of Taurophila 
from the park . . . 

> 
> Of course, it could be something else entirely LOL
> 
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> Brackettville, TX
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Subject: Re: Taurophila habitat at Bentsen
From: "Tripp Davenport tripp.davenport AT yahoo.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:51:46 -0500
I think these are the last photos of Taurophila ever taken at Bentsen, I was 
the last person to walk out of Bentsen as the waters were rising...taken on 
July 8, 2010 at 10:06 am, right before the park was evacuated 


Tripp Davenport Uvalde Texas


> On Jul 13, 2014, at 9:28 AM, "Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> my guess (and it is a guess only) is that the Taurophila larvae were using 
the semi-floating mats of giant cane (their roots) at Bentsen . . . the 
majority of which were killed in the aftermath of the flood . . . and that 
Planiplax larvae were using something else. You can still find root masses of 
giant cane well up and away from water even now, almost 4 years after the 
flood. 

> 
> This is the only immediately noticeable difference to the Resaca before and 
after the flood that I can see, which is why I surmise that the killing of the 
giant cane (only now beginning to recover) resulted in the loss of Taurophila 
from the park . . . 

> 
> Of course, it could be something else entirely LOL
> 
> Troy Hibbitts
> Brackettville, TX
> 
Subject: Taurophila habitat at Bentsen
From: "Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 07:28:48 -0700
my guess (and it is a guess only) is that the Taurophila larvae were using the 
semi-floating mats of giant cane (their roots) at Bentsen . . . the majority of 
which were killed in the aftermath of the flood . . . and that Planiplax larvae 
were using something else.† You can still find root masses of giant cane well 
up and away from water even now, almost 4 years after the flood. 


This is the only immediately noticeable difference to the Resaca before and 
after the flood that I can see, which is why I surmise that the killing of the 
giant cane (only now beginning to recover) resulted in the loss of Taurophila 
from the park . . . 


Of course, it could be something else entirely LOL

Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX
Subject: The Bentsen list
From: "Joshua Rose opihi AT mindspring.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:23:00 -0400
Hey all - will paste below the Bentsen-RGV SP odonate list as I currently 
understand it. There have probably been some other new additions to the list 
since my departure that Iíve overlooked. Just noticed that the 76 species on 
that list did not include Pale-Green Darner (Triacanthagyna septima), which I 
photographed at Bentsen just before I resigned in May 2009, apparently I 
neglected adding that one to the ďofficial" park list before I left. 


Also not on my edition of the park list: Evening Skimmer (Tholymis citrina). 
Terry Fuller found the first one for the park in November 2010, a bit more than 
a year after my departure. 


I also didnít include the unidentified Tetragoneuria-type baskettails which I 
recall seeing over the irrigation canals at Bentsen in early March one year but 
which I was never able to net for a certain ID. Dan Jones photographed what 
were probably the same critters at the Bentsen resaca a few years later. The 
discussion of photos were that Dot-winged was most likely but Stripe-winged 
could not be eliminated with any certainty until somebody netted one. Given 
that the LRGV list, as compiled by David and Jan Dauphin, includes no 
baskettails other than Prince, I guess that nobodyís managed to net one of 
these early March LRGV flyers yet... 


Adding all of that brings the parkís odonate list to 83 species, listed below. 
Looking at the Dauphinsí LRGV Odonata list: 

http://www.thedauphins.net/rgv_odonata_checklist.html
The entire LRGV list is 112 species; it looks like Hidalgo Countyís stands at 
107. 


Species that come to mind which are not on the park's list as far as I know, 
but seem like they should be: 

Spreadwings - only 2 of the 6 Valley species on the current park list
Blue-faced Darner (Coryphaeshna adnexa) - Bentsen and Santa Ana share most of 
the same darner species, but this oneís only been at Santa Ana so far to my 
knowledge 

Tamaulipan Clubtail (Gomphus gonzalesi) - their main stronghold is right next 
door at the NABA center; have any been seen at Bentsen yet? 



See below for the park's list as it stands.

Cheers,

Josh


Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
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Family Calopterygidae - the Jewelwings
1. Hetaerina americana (American Rubyspot)
2. Hetaerina titia (Smoky Rubyspot)

Family Lestidae - the Spreadwings
3. Lestes forficula (Rainpool Spreadwing)
4. Lestes sigma (Chalky Spreadwing)

Family Protoneuridae - the Threadtails
5. Neoneura amelia (Amelia's Threadtail)
6. Neoneura aaroni (Coral-fronted Threadtail)

Family Coenagrionidae - the Pond Damsels
7. Argia apicalis (Blue-fronted Dancer)
8. Argia immunda (Kiowa Dancer)
9. Argia moesta (Powdered Dancer)
10. Argia rhoadsi (Golden-winged Dancer)
11. Argia sedula (Blue-ringed Dancer)
12. Argia translata (Dusky Dancer)
13. Enallagma basidens (Double-striped Bluet)
14. Enallagma civile (Familiar Bluet)
15. Enallagma novaehispaniae (Neotropical Bluet)
16. Enallagma semicirculare (Claw-tipped Bluet)
17. Enallagma signatum (Orange Bluet)
18. Ischnura hastata (Citrine Forktail)
19. Ischnura ramburii (Rambur's Forktail)
20. Neoerythromma cultellatum (Caribbean Yellowface)
21. Telebasis salva (Desert Firetail)

Family Aeshnidae - the Darners
22. Anax amazili (Amazon Darner)
23. Anax concolor (Blue-spotted Comet Darner)
24. Anax junius (Common Green Darner)
25. Gynacantha mexicana (Bar-sided Darner)
26. Rhionaeschna psilus (Turquoise-tipped Darner)
27. Triacanthagyna caribea (Caribbean Darner)
28. Triacanthagyna septima (Pale-Green Darner)

Family Gomphidae - the Clubtails
29. Aphylla angustifolia (Broad-striped Forceptail)
30. Aphylla protracta (Narrow-striped Forceptail)
31. Dromogomphus spoliatus (Flag-tailed Spinyleg)
32. Erpetogomphus designatus (Eastern Ringtail)
33. Gomphus militaris (Sulphur-tipped Clubtail)
34. Phyllocycla breviphylla (Ringed Forceptail)
35. Phyllogomphoides albrighti (Five-striped Leaftail)
36. Stylurus plagiatus (Russet-tipped Clubtail)

Family Macromiidae - the Cruisers
37. Macromia annulata (Bronzed River Cruiser)

Family Corduliidae - the Baskettails & Emeralds
38. Epitheca (Epicordulia) princeps (Prince Baskettail)
39. Epitheca (Tetragoneuria) sp. - unidentified baskettail, probably Dot-winged 
(E. petechialis) 


Family Libellulidae - the Skimmers
40. Brachymesia furcata (Red-tailed Pennant)
41. Brachymesia gravida (Four-spotted Pennant)
42. Brachymesia herbida (Tawny Pennant)
43. Cannaphila insularis (Gray-waisted Skimmer)
44. Celithemis eponina (Halloween Pennant)
45. Dythemis fugax (Checkered Setwing)
46. Dythemis nigrescens (Black Setwing)
47. Dythemis velox (Swift Setwing)
48. Erythemis attala (Black Pondhawk)
49. Erythemis mithroides (Claret Pondhawk)
50. Erythemis plebeja (Pin-tailed Pondhawk)
51. Erythemis simplicicollis (Eastern Pondhawk)
52. Erythemis vesiculosa (Great Pondhawk)
53. Erythrodiplax berenice (Seaside Dragonlet)
54. Erythrodiplax fusca (Red-faced Dragonlet)
55. Erythrodiplax umbrata (Band-winged Dragonlet)
56. Idiataphe cubensis (Metallic Pennant)
57. Libellula comanche (Comanche Skimmer)
58. Libellula needhami (Needham's Skimmer)
59. Libellula pulchella (Twelve-spotted Skimmer)
60. Macrodiplax balteata (Marl Pennant)
61. Macrothemis inacuta (Straw-colored Sylph)
62. Miathyria marcella (Hyacinth Glider)
63. Micrathyria aequalis (Spot-tailed Dasher)
64. Micrathyria didyma (Three-striped Dasher)
65. Micrathyria hagenii (Thornbush Dasher)
66. Micrathyria dissocians (Caribbean Dasher)
67. Orthemis discolor (Carmine Skimmer)
68. Orthemis ferruginea (Roseate Skimmer)
69. Pachydiplax longipennis (Blue Dasher)
70. Pantala flavescens (Wandering Glider)
71. Pantala hymenaea (Spot-winged Glider)
72. Perithemis domitia (Slough Amberwing)
73. Perithemis tenera (Eastern Amberwing)
74. Planiplax sanguiniventris (Mexican Scarlet-tail)
75. Plathemis lydia (Common Whitetail)
76. Pseudoleon superbus (Filigree Skimmer)
77. Sympetrum corruptum (Variegated Meadowhawk)
78. Tauriphila argo (Bow-tipped Glider)
79. Tholymis citrina (Evening Skimmer)
80. Tramea calverti (Striped Saddlebags)
81. Tramea insularis (Antillean Saddlebags)
82. Tramea lacerata (Black Saddlebags)
83. Tramea onusta (Red Saddlebags)




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Subject: Re: LRGV trip 7/9-11/14
From: "Joshua Rose opihi AT mindspring.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:24:49 -0400
Thanks Dan! Guess the Gliders suffered the same fate as the Ferruginous 
Pygmy-owls, I had heard that they have been absent from Bentsen ever since the 
flood as well. 


I seem to recall that the other species of Tauriphila breed in floating plants 
like Water Lettuce and Water Hyacinth, did the flood clean these out of the 
area? Otherwise, Iím scratching my head over why the flood would have driven 
away T. argo but not eliminated the PlaniplaxÖ. 


The two pondhawks were already on my 76-species edition of the park list, but 
not the Comanche nor the Carib Dasher, so add those to the GWSkimmers and the 
Claw-tipped Bluet and Bentsen-RGV SP has definitely reached, if not exceeded, 
80 species. 


JSR


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On Jul 12, 2014, at 9:04 PM, Antshrike1 AT aol.com [TexOdes] 
 wrote: 

> 
> I think the Arch-tipped Gliders never recovered after the flood wiped out 
their habitat. The Gray-waisted Skimmers are the result of a leaky irrigation 
pipe. Some other unusual odes at Bentsen last year included Caribbean Dasher, 
Claret and Black Pondhawks and Comanche Skimmer. 

> 
> Dan Jones, Weslaco
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joshua Rose opihi AT mindspring.com [TexOdes] 
 

> To: TexOdes 
> Sent: Sat, Jul 12, 2014 6:23 pm
> Subject: Re: [TexOdes] LRGV trip 7/9-11/14
> 
> Itís also really fascinating how the odonate fauna of a location evolves. The 

> way that the Mexican Scarlet-tails (Planiplax sanguiniventris) went from 
ďnever 

> recorded in the USAĒ to ďreliably present at Bentsen in double-digit numbersĒ 

> never fails to amaze me. And now hearing that Bentsen has double-digit 
> Gray-waisted Skimmers amazes further; in my three-plus years working 
full-time 

> at Bentsen, I never once saw the species in the park, I always had to go 
visit 

> the McAllen Nature Center/Botanical Garden to find that species. And I think 
I 

> only ever saw one Bronzed River Cruiser in the park, so the Hibbittses 
doubled 

> my career total in just one visit.
> 
> In terms of diversity, when I was leading regularly weekly dragonfly walks at 

> Bentsen, 20-plus species was pretty routine there during the warmer months, 
> though it dropped lower from November through March. I didnít keep statistics 
on 

> species per walk, but apparently I did at some point, because I see an old 
post 

> of mine in this listís archives where I cited an average of 17 species per 
walk 

> in November. Iím not sure if any of my walks ever cracked 30, but they 
typically 

> only lasted 2-3 hours.
> 
> As of my departure, I think the parkís total odonate species list had reached 
76 

> species. I donít know if the naturalists who succeeded me have continued to 
> update the list, but I would bet that itís over 80 now, with species that 
showed 

> up after I left like Claw-tipped Bluet as well as the aforementioned GW 
> Skimmer...
> 
> Whenís the last time anyone saw an Arch-tipped Glider (Tauriphila argo) in 
the 

> LRGV? In 2008, the year that Planiplax first invaded Bentsen, T. argo was 
just 

> as abundant at the park, if not more so. I see a few photos posted on-line 
from 

> 2010, but nothing more recent than that. Did that species fizzle out from the 

> LRGV and retreat back into Mexico?
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Josh
> 
> 
> On Jul 12, 2014, at 2:49 PM, Dennis Paulson 
> dennispaulson AT comcast.net
>  [TexOdes] 
> <
> TexOdes-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
> > wrote:
> > 
> > Wow, congratulations Troy and Terry. That seems like a very successful 
trip, 

> and with 35+ species at Bentsen. Iíve always thought that a total of 20 
species 

> or more in a visit to a single locality was a good list. And spending a lot 
of 

> time there really produced results; Iíve always been convinced that the 
longer 

> you work an area the more species you can find. Anyone might say Ďduh, what 
do 

> you expectí to that, but I think a lot of the times weíre in a hurry to get 
in 

> and out of a place because we have a lot of ground to cover, so our surveys 
can 

> often be pretty superficial, and rare species are the most likely to be 
> overlooked.
> > 
> > Dennis
> > 
> > On Jul 12, 2014, at 10:38 AM, Troy Hibbitts 
> alterna2627 AT att.net
>  [TexOdes] 
> <
> TexOdes-noreply AT yahoogroups.com
> > wrote:
> >> 
> >> 11 July 2014
> >> 
> >> Today was mostly cloudy, with increasing sun as it got into midday.  The 
> Resaca la Parida Banco at Bentsen is lower than I've ever seen it, but that 
> provides a lot more shoreline access than I've seen before, making it easy to 

> photograph the Mexican Scarlettails along the bank.  We also checked out the 
> small lot of woods across the road from the entrance by the parking lot, and 
> found some good bugs in there:
> >> 
> >> TX: Hidalgo Co; Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park (9:00-2:40)
> >> 
> >> Smoky Rubyspot 1
> >> Blue-fronted Dancer lots
> >> Powdered Dancer 5-6
> >> Blue-ringed Dancer 10+
> >> Familiar Bluet 5-6
> >> Rambur's Forktail 10+
> >> Desert Firetail 10+
> >> Turquoise-tipped Darner 2 (possibly 3)
> >> Narrow-striped Forceptail 10+
> >> Sulphur-tipped Clubtail 1
> >> Five-striped Leaftail 3
> >> Russett-tipped Clubtail 1
> >> Bronzed River Cruiser 2
> >> Red-tailed Pennant lots
> >> Four-spotted Pennant 3
> >> Gray-waisted Skimmer 10+
> >> Black Setwing 5-6
> >> Pin-tailed Pondhawk 5-6
> >> Eastern Pondhawk lots
> >> Great Pondhawk 10+
> >> Seaside Dragonlet 2
> >> Band-winged Dragonlet 5-6
> >> Needham's Skimmer 2
> >> Spot-tailed Dasher 4-5
> >> Three-striped Dasher 1
> >> Thornbush Dasher 10+
> >> Straw-colored Sylph 1
> >> Carmine Skimmer 7-8
> >> Roseate Skimmer lots
> >> Blue Dasher 5-6
> >> Wandering Glider 1
> >> Spot-winged Glider 4-5
> >> Eastern Amberwing lots
> >> Mexican Scarlettail 10+
> >> Red Saddlebags 10+
> >> 
> >> We also had 3 probable Darners fly overhead - 2 were Anax-shaped, and one 
was 

> more slender (Coryphaeshna-shaped, or possibly another Cruiser).
> >> 
> >> The Turquoise-tipped Darners were hung up quietly in thick briar growth in 

> the center of the wooded area across from the visitor's center. I spotted one 

> flush and return to its perch while searching for a presumable Two-barred 
> Flasher that I had flushed earlier. I then noticed a second individual hung 
up 

> about 18" to its left.  While moving in close for photos, we flushed a third 
> dragonfly from knee-high brush in the same general area that was possibly a 
> third individual. 
> >> 
> >> The Bronzed River Cruisers were hung up in the morning along the Resaca 
Vieja 

> trail . . . the first was a male that was very accommodating and the second 
was 

> a female that was less so (but did allow photos).
> >> 
> >> The Three-striped Dasher was a female, also in the same block of woods. I 

> got decent looks at it, but it flushed into the treetops before I could get 
> photos.
> >> 
> >> The Straw-colored Sylph made 2-3 passes about the boat ramp offering good 
> looks but flew on up the boat ramp and off into the cleared area without 
> offering photo opportunities.
> >> 
> >> There were good numbers of Gray-waisted Skimmers in the woods across from 
the 

> visitor's center.
> >> 
> >> 
> >> Troy Hibbitts
> >> Brackettville, TX
> >> 
> > 
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Subject: Re: LRGV trip 7/9-11/14
From: "Antshrike1 AT aol.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:04:02 -0400 (EDT)
I think the Arch-tipped Gliders never recovered after the flood wiped out their 
habitat. The Gray-waisted Skimmers are the result of a leaky irrigation pipe. 
Some other unusual odes at Bentsen last year included Caribbean Dasher, Claret 
and Black Pondhawks and Comanche Skimmer. 



Dan Jones, Weslaco



-----Original Message-----
From: Joshua Rose opihi AT mindspring.com [TexOdes] 
 

To: TexOdes 
Sent: Sat, Jul 12, 2014 6:23 pm
Subject: Re: [TexOdes] LRGV trip 7/9-11/14


It’s also really fascinating how the odonate fauna of a location evolves. The 

way that the Mexican Scarlet-tails (Planiplax sanguiniventris) went from 
“never 

recorded in the USA‚ÄĚ to ‚Äúreliably present at Bentsen in double-digit 
numbers‚ÄĚ 

never fails to amaze me. And now hearing that Bentsen has double-digit 
Gray-waisted Skimmers amazes further; in my three-plus years working full-time 
at Bentsen, I never once saw the species in the park, I always had to go visit 
the McAllen Nature Center/Botanical Garden to find that species. And I think I 
only ever saw one Bronzed River Cruiser in the park, so the Hibbittses doubled 
my career total in just one visit.

In terms of diversity, when I was leading regularly weekly dragonfly walks at 
Bentsen, 20-plus species was pretty routine there during the warmer months, 
though it dropped lower from November through March. I didn’t keep statistics 
on 

species per walk, but apparently I did at some point, because I see an old post 

of mine in this list’s archives where I cited an average of 17 species per 
walk 

in November. I’m not sure if any of my walks ever cracked 30, but they 
typically 

only lasted 2-3 hours.

As of my departure, I think the park’s total odonate species list had reached 
76 

species. I don’t know if the naturalists who succeeded me have continued to 
update the list, but I would bet that it’s over 80 now, with species that 
showed 

up after I left like Claw-tipped Bluet as well as the aforementioned GW 
Skimmer...

When’s the last time anyone saw an Arch-tipped Glider (Tauriphila argo) in 
the 

LRGV? In 2008, the year that Planiplax first invaded Bentsen, T. argo was just 
as abundant at the park, if not more so. I see a few photos posted on-line from 

2010, but nothing more recent than that. Did that species fizzle out from the 
LRGV and retreat back into Mexico?

Cheers,

Josh


Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
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http://www.facebook.com/opihi



On Jul 12, 2014, at 2:49 PM, Dennis Paulson dennispaulson AT comcast.net [TexOdes] 

 wrote:
> 
> Wow, congratulations Troy and Terry. That seems like a very successful trip, 
and with 35+ species at Bentsen. I’ve always thought that a total of 20 
species 

or more in a visit to a single locality was a good list. And spending a lot of 
time there really produced results; I’ve always been convinced that the 
longer 

you work an area the more species you can find. Anyone might say ‚Äėduh, what 
do 

you expect’ to that, but I think a lot of the times we’re in a hurry to get 
in 

and out of a place because we have a lot of ground to cover, so our surveys can 

often be pretty superficial, and rare species are the most likely to be 
overlooked.
> 
> Dennis
> 
> On Jul 12, 2014, at 10:38 AM, Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes] 
 wrote:
>> 
>> 11 July 2014
>> 
>> Today was mostly cloudy, with increasing sun as it got into midday.  The 
Resaca la Parida Banco at Bentsen is lower than I've ever seen it, but that 
provides a lot more shoreline access than I've seen before, making it easy to 
photograph the Mexican Scarlettails along the bank.  We also checked out the 
small lot of woods across the road from the entrance by the parking lot, and 
found some good bugs in there:
>> 
>> TX: Hidalgo Co; Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park (9:00-2:40)
>> 
>> Smoky Rubyspot 1
>> Blue-fronted Dancer lots
>> Powdered Dancer 5-6
>> Blue-ringed Dancer 10+
>> Familiar Bluet 5-6
>> Rambur's Forktail 10+
>> Desert Firetail 10+
>> Turquoise-tipped Darner 2 (possibly 3)
>> Narrow-striped Forceptail 10+
>> Sulphur-tipped Clubtail 1
>> Five-striped Leaftail 3
>> Russett-tipped Clubtail 1
>> Bronzed River Cruiser 2
>> Red-tailed Pennant lots
>> Four-spotted Pennant 3
>> Gray-waisted Skimmer 10+
>> Black Setwing 5-6
>> Pin-tailed Pondhawk 5-6
>> Eastern Pondhawk lots
>> Great Pondhawk 10+
>> Seaside Dragonlet 2
>> Band-winged Dragonlet 5-6
>> Needham's Skimmer 2
>> Spot-tailed Dasher 4-5
>> Three-striped Dasher 1
>> Thornbush Dasher 10+
>> Straw-colored Sylph 1
>> Carmine Skimmer 7-8
>> Roseate Skimmer lots
>> Blue Dasher 5-6
>> Wandering Glider 1
>> Spot-winged Glider 4-5
>> Eastern Amberwing lots
>> Mexican Scarlettail 10+
>> Red Saddlebags 10+
>> 
>> We also had 3 probable Darners fly overhead - 2 were Anax-shaped, and one 
was 

more slender (Coryphaeshna-shaped, or possibly another Cruiser).
>> 
>> The Turquoise-tipped Darners were hung up quietly in thick briar growth in 
the center of the wooded area across from the visitor's center.  I spotted one 
flush and return to its perch while searching for a presumable Two-barred 
Flasher that I had flushed earlier. I then noticed a second individual hung up 

about 18" to its left.  While moving in close for photos, we flushed a third 
dragonfly from knee-high brush in the same general area that was possibly a 
third individual. 
>> 
>> The Bronzed River Cruisers were hung up in the morning along the Resaca 
Vieja 

trail . . . the first was a male that was very accommodating and the second was 

a female that was less so (but did allow photos).
>> 
>> The Three-striped Dasher was a female, also in the same block of woods.   I 
got decent looks at it, but it flushed into the treetops before I could get 
photos.
>> 
>> The Straw-colored Sylph made 2-3 passes about the boat ramp offering good 
looks but flew on up the boat ramp and off into the cleared area without 
offering photo opportunities.
>> 
>> There were good numbers of Gray-waisted Skimmers in the woods across from 
the 

visitor's center.
>> 
>> 
>> Troy Hibbitts
>> Brackettville, TX
>> 
> 
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> 1724 NE 98 St.
> Seattle, WA 98115
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Subject: Cooks Slough, Uvalde, late afternoon today
From: "Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:33:27 -0700
After dropping my wife off for a week long job (instructional coach for a group 
of HS geology students on a UT outreach program), my daughter and I went over 
to Cook's Slough to look around (since we were there anyway).† Did not do an 
exhaustive search.† †Found: 


Argia immunda (Kiowa Dancer) 4-5
Argia sedula (Blue-ringed Dancer) 4-5
Enallagma basidens (Double-striped Bluet) 3-4
Aphylla angustifolia (Broad-striped Forceptail) 7
Brachymesia furcata (Red-tailed Pennant) 10+
Brachymesia gravida (Four-spotted Pennant) 10+
Dythemis nigrescens (Black Setwing) 1
Erythemis simplicicollis (Eastern Pondhawk) 10+
Micrathyria hagenii (Thornbush Dasher) 1
Orthemis ferruginea (Roseate Skimmer) 10+
Pachydiplax longipennis (Blue Dasher) 10+
Pantala flavescens (Wandering Glider) 4-5
Pantala hymenea (Spot-winged Glider) lots
Perithemis tenera (Eastern Amberwing) lots
Plathemis lydia (Common Whitetail) 10+
Tramea onusta (Red Saddlebags) lots

Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX
Subject: Re: LRGV trip 7/9-11/14
From: "Joshua Rose opihi AT mindspring.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:23:20 -0400
Itís also really fascinating how the odonate fauna of a location evolves. The 
way that the Mexican Scarlet-tails (Planiplax sanguiniventris) went from ďnever 
recorded in the USAĒ to ďreliably present at Bentsen in double-digit numbersĒ 
never fails to amaze me. And now hearing that Bentsen has double-digit 
Gray-waisted Skimmers amazes further; in my three-plus years working full-time 
at Bentsen, I never once saw the species in the park, I always had to go visit 
the McAllen Nature Center/Botanical Garden to find that species. And I think I 
only ever saw one Bronzed River Cruiser in the park, so the Hibbittses doubled 
my career total in just one visit. 


In terms of diversity, when I was leading regularly weekly dragonfly walks at 
Bentsen, 20-plus species was pretty routine there during the warmer months, 
though it dropped lower from November through March. I didnít keep statistics 
on species per walk, but apparently I did at some point, because I see an old 
post of mine in this listís archives where I cited an average of 17 species per 
walk in November. Iím not sure if any of my walks ever cracked 30, but they 
typically only lasted 2-3 hours. 


As of my departure, I think the parkís total odonate species list had reached 
76 species. I donít know if the naturalists who succeeded me have continued to 
update the list, but I would bet that itís over 80 now, with species that 
showed up after I left like Claw-tipped Bluet as well as the aforementioned GW 
Skimmer... 


Whenís the last time anyone saw an Arch-tipped Glider (Tauriphila argo) in the 
LRGV? In 2008, the year that Planiplax first invaded Bentsen, T. argo was just 
as abundant at the park, if not more so. I see a few photos posted on-line from 
2010, but nothing more recent than that. Did that species fizzle out from the 
LRGV and retreat back into Mexico? 


Cheers,

Josh


Joshua S. Rose, Ph.D.
Amherst, MA
http://bugguide.net/user/view/2399
http://www.facebook.com/opihi



On Jul 12, 2014, at 2:49 PM, Dennis Paulson dennispaulson AT comcast.net [TexOdes] 
 wrote: 

> 
> Wow, congratulations Troy and Terry. That seems like a very successful trip, 
and with 35+ species at Bentsen. Iíve always thought that a total of 20 species 
or more in a visit to a single locality was a good list. And spending a lot of 
time there really produced results; Iíve always been convinced that the longer 
you work an area the more species you can find. Anyone might say Ďduh, what do 
you expectí to that, but I think a lot of the times weíre in a hurry to get in 
and out of a place because we have a lot of ground to cover, so our surveys can 
often be pretty superficial, and rare species are the most likely to be 
overlooked. 

> 
> Dennis
> 
> On Jul 12, 2014, at 10:38 AM, Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes] 
 wrote: 

>> 
>> 11 July 2014
>> 
>> Today was mostly cloudy, with increasing sun as it got into midday. The 
Resaca la Parida Banco at Bentsen is lower than I've ever seen it, but that 
provides a lot more shoreline access than I've seen before, making it easy to 
photograph the Mexican Scarlettails along the bank. We also checked out the 
small lot of woods across the road from the entrance by the parking lot, and 
found some good bugs in there: 

>> 
>> TX: Hidalgo Co; Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park (9:00-2:40)
>> 
>> Smoky Rubyspot 1
>> Blue-fronted Dancer lots
>> Powdered Dancer 5-6
>> Blue-ringed Dancer 10+
>> Familiar Bluet 5-6
>> Rambur's Forktail 10+
>> Desert Firetail 10+
>> Turquoise-tipped Darner 2 (possibly 3)
>> Narrow-striped Forceptail 10+
>> Sulphur-tipped Clubtail 1
>> Five-striped Leaftail 3
>> Russett-tipped Clubtail 1
>> Bronzed River Cruiser 2
>> Red-tailed Pennant lots
>> Four-spotted Pennant 3
>> Gray-waisted Skimmer 10+
>> Black Setwing 5-6
>> Pin-tailed Pondhawk 5-6
>> Eastern Pondhawk lots
>> Great Pondhawk 10+
>> Seaside Dragonlet 2
>> Band-winged Dragonlet 5-6
>> Needham's Skimmer 2
>> Spot-tailed Dasher 4-5
>> Three-striped Dasher 1
>> Thornbush Dasher 10+
>> Straw-colored Sylph 1
>> Carmine Skimmer 7-8
>> Roseate Skimmer lots
>> Blue Dasher 5-6
>> Wandering Glider 1
>> Spot-winged Glider 4-5
>> Eastern Amberwing lots
>> Mexican Scarlettail 10+
>> Red Saddlebags 10+
>> 
>> We also had 3 probable Darners fly overhead - 2 were Anax-shaped, and one 
was more slender (Coryphaeshna-shaped, or possibly another Cruiser). 

>> 
>> The Turquoise-tipped Darners were hung up quietly in thick briar growth in 
the center of the wooded area across from the visitor's center. I spotted one 
flush and return to its perch while searching for a presumable Two-barred 
Flasher that I had flushed earlier. I then noticed a second individual hung up 
about 18" to its left. While moving in close for photos, we flushed a third 
dragonfly from knee-high brush in the same general area that was possibly a 
third individual. 

>> 
>> The Bronzed River Cruisers were hung up in the morning along the Resaca 
Vieja trail . . . the first was a male that was very accommodating and the 
second was a female that was less so (but did allow photos). 

>> 
>> The Three-striped Dasher was a female, also in the same block of woods. I 
got decent looks at it, but it flushed into the treetops before I could get 
photos. 

>> 
>> The Straw-colored Sylph made 2-3 passes about the boat ramp offering good 
looks but flew on up the boat ramp and off into the cleared area without 
offering photo opportunities. 

>> 
>> There were good numbers of Gray-waisted Skimmers in the woods across from 
the visitor's center. 

>> 
>> 
>> Troy Hibbitts
>> Brackettville, TX
>> 
> 
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> 1724 NE 98 St.
> Seattle, WA 98115
> 206-528-1382
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Subject: Northwest Austin (Lake Creek Trail)
From: "Mikael Behrens mikaelb AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:15:10 -0500
Howdy,

Starting at about 10:30 this morning I spent a couple hours on Lake Creek Trail 
in northwest Austin performing a Pond Watch 
(http://www.migratorydragonflypartnership.org/index/dragonflyPondWatch). I was 
happy to observe 17 species of odes, listed below: 


Aztec Dancer	2
Dusky Dancer	2

Red-tailed Pennant	1
Four-spotted Pennant	20+
Halloween Pennant	1
Swift Setwing	1
Pin-tailed Pondhawk	1
Eastern Pondhawk	20+
Comanche Skimmer	5
Widow Skimmer	20+
Roseate Skimmer	20+
Blue Dasher	20+
Spot-winged Glider	10
Eastern Amberwing	2
Common Whitetail	10-15
Black Saddlebags	3
Red Saddlebags	20+

The few bugs I photographed are posted on iNaturalist here:
http://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/mikaelb/2014/7/12

By the way, can anyone recommend any iPhone or online tools for keeping and 
posting lists like this? 


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Subject: Re: LRGV trip 7/9-11/14
From: "Dennis Paulson dennispaulson AT comcast.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:49:00 -0700
Wow, congratulations Troy and Terry. That seems like a very successful trip, 
and with 35+ species at Bentsen. Iíve always thought that a total of 20 species 
or more in a visit to a single locality was a good list. And spending a lot of 
time there really produced results; Iíve always been convinced that the longer 
you work an area the more species you can find. Anyone might say Ďduh, what do 
you expectí to that, but I think a lot of the times weíre in a hurry to get in 
and out of a place because we have a lot of ground to cover, so our surveys can 
often be pretty superficial, and rare species are the most likely to be 
overlooked. 


Dennis

On Jul 12, 2014, at 10:38 AM, Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes] 
 wrote: 


> 
> Dad & I just returned from a short trip to the LRGV. We left Brackettville on 
Wed 7/9 in the morning. Our first stop was at the Nueces River picnic area on 
TX 85 east of Carrizo Springs. Water is now high here, but judging by overall 
Ode numbers I suspect that it was dry or nearly so before the area got heavy 
rains about 2 weeks ago. We did have decent numbers of "colonizer" odes out 
flying over the river: 

> 
> TX: Dimmitt Co; Nueces River at TX 85 (11:30-12:00)
> 
> Fragile Forktail 1 (only damselfly seen!)
> Cyrano Darner 2 - new county record, southwesternmost record for the species
> Flag-tailed Spinyleg 1
> Red-tailed Pennant  5-6
> Eastern Pondhawk 10+
> Great Pondhawk 5-6
> Band-winged Dragonlet 1
> Roseate Skimmer 1
> Blue Dasher 10+
> Eastern Amberwing 10+
> Common Whitetail 2
> Red Saddlebags 1
> 
> 
> Next, we stopped at San Ygnacio on the Rio Grande. Again, Ode activity was 
poor: 

> 
> TX: Zapata Co; San Ygnacio (Seedeater Sanctuary on the Rio Grande) 
(2:45-3:10) 

> 
> Smoky Rubyspot 1
> Powdered Dancer lots
> Russett-tipped Clubtail 1
> Red-tailed Pennant 1
> Band-winged Dragonlet 2
> Thornbush Dasher 1
> Roseate Skimmer 3
> Wandering Glider 4-5
> Spot-winged Glider 4-5
> Red Saddlebags lots
> 
> Heading south, we next stopped at Salineno
> 
> TX: Starr Co; Salineno at Rio Grande (4:00-5:15)
> 
> Smoky Rubyspot 5-6
> Powdered Dancer lots
> Blue-fronted Dancer 5-6
> Blue-ringed Dancer 5-6
> Flag-tailed Spinyleg 1
> Five-striped Leaftail 2
> Pale-faced Clubskimmer 1
> Black Setwing 10+
> Great Pondhawk 5-6
> Band-winged Dragonlet 10+
> Wandering Glider 5-6
> Spot-winged Glider 5-6
> Red Saddlebags 10+
> 
> Our last stop for the day was at Estero Llano Grande State Park where we 
thoroughly searched the Green Jay Trail area (repeatedly) hoping to turn up the 
Caribbean Darner that had been seen earlier this week. No luck on that score, 
but we did find: 

> 
> TX: Hidalgo Co; Estero Llano Grande State Park, Green Jay Trail (7:00-8:30)
> 
> Bar-sided Darner 3-4
> Great Pondhawk 4-5
> Band-winged Dragonlet 10+
> Roseate Skimmer 4-5
> Blue Dasher 1
> 
> 
> 
> 10 July 2014
> 
> Today was cloudy all day, with a fairly significant rain shower at midday 
(for about 2 hours). We started and finished our day at Estero, and spent the 
middle of the day at Santa Ana. Santa Ana water levels were good in the 
entrance pond full (although hard to observe with cattails blocking may of the 
viewing sites), Willow 1 & 2 full to the brim, and Willow 3 in the process of 
filling. Most of the Ode Activity at Santa Ana was at Willow 1 & 2. 

> 
> TX: Hidalgo Co; Estero Llano Grande, Green Jay Trail and Alligator Pond 
(8:00-10:00) 

> 
> Rainpool Spreadwing 1
> Bar-sided Darner 2
> Narrow-striped Forceptail 1
> Pin-tailed Pondhawk 1
> Great Pondhawk 5-6
> Roseate Skimmer 5-6
> Blue Dasher 2-3
> Red Saddlebags 5-6
> 
> Both Bar-sideds we saw this morning we actively foraging and did not perch 
while we watched them. 

> 
> 
> TX: Hidalgo Co; Santa Ana NWR (11:00-5:00)
> 
> Southern Spreadwing 1
> Rainpool Spreadwing 1
> Chalky Spreadwing lots
> Blue-ringed Dancer 1
> Citrine Forktail 10+
> Rambur's Forktail 4-5
> Cream-tipped Swampdamsel 1
> Black Setwing 1
> Pin-tailed Pondhawk lots
> Great Pondhawk lots
> Eastern Pondhawk lots
> Spot-tailed Dasher 10+ (mostly teneral)
> Thornbush Dasher lots
> Roseate Skimmer 10+
> Blue Dasher 10+
> Striped Saddlebags 1
> Red Saddlebags 10+
> 
> TX: Hidalgo Co; Estero Llano Grande State Park, Green Jay Trail (6:00-7:30)
> 
> Bar-sided Darner 1
> Great Pondhawk 5-6
> Roseate Skimmer 5-6
> 
> I flushed one (probable) Bar-sided Darner here that did not hang up.
> 
> 
> 11 July 2014
> 
> Today was mostly cloudy, with increasing sun as it got into midday. The 
Resaca la Parida Banco at Bentsen is lower than I've ever seen it, but that 
provides a lot more shoreline access than I've seen before, making it easy to 
photograph the Mexican Scarlettails along the bank. We also checked out the 
small lot of woods across the road from the entrance by the parking lot, and 
found some good bugs in there: 

> 
> TX: Hidalgo Co; Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park (9:00-2:40)
> 
> Smoky Rubyspot 1
> Blue-fronted Dancer lots
> Powdered Dancer 5-6
> Blue-ringed Dancer 10+
> Familiar Bluet 5-6
> Rambur's Forktail 10+
> Desert Firetail 10+
> Turquoise-tipped Darner 2 (possibly 3)
> Narrow-striped Forceptail 10+
> Sulphur-tipped Clubtail 1
> Five-striped Leaftail 3
> Russett-tipped Clubtail 1
> Bronzed River Cruiser 2
> Red-tailed Pennant lots
> Four-spotted Pennant 3
> Gray-waisted Skimmer 10+
> Black Setwing 5-6
> Pin-tailed Pondhawk 5-6
> Eastern Pondhawk lots
> Great Pondhawk 10+
> Seaside Dragonlet 2
> Band-winged Dragonlet 5-6
> Needham's Skimmer 2
> Spot-tailed Dasher 4-5
> Three-striped Dasher 1
> Thornbush Dasher 10+
> Straw-colored Sylph 1
> Carmine Skimmer 7-8
> Roseate Skimmer lots
> Blue Dasher 5-6
> Wandering Glider 1
> Spot-winged Glider 4-5
> Eastern Amberwing lots
> Mexican Scarlettail 10+
> Red Saddlebags 10+
> 
> We also had 3 probable Darners fly overhead - 2 were Anax-shaped, and one was 
more slender (Coryphaeshna-shaped, or possibly another Cruiser). 

> 
> The Turquoise-tipped Darners were hung up quietly in thick briar growth in 
the center of the wooded area across from the visitor's center. I spotted one 
flush and return to its perch while searching for a presumable Two-barred 
Flasher that I had flushed earlier. I then noticed a second individual hung up 
about 18" to its left. While moving in close for photos, we flushed a third 
dragonfly from knee-high brush in the same general area that was possibly a 
third individual. 

> 
> The Bronzed River Cruisers were hung up in the morning along the Resaca Vieja 
trail . . . the first was a male that was very accommodating and the second was 
a female that was less so (but did allow photos). 

> 
> The Three-striped Dasher was a female, also in the same block of woods. I got 
decent looks at it, but it flushed into the treetops before I could get photos. 

> 
> The Straw-colored Sylph made 2-3 passes about the boat ramp offering good 
looks but flew on up the boat ramp and off into the cleared area without 
offering photo opportunities. 

> 
> There were good numbers of Gray-waisted Skimmers in the woods across from the 
visitor's center. 

> 
> 
> 
> Troy Hibbitts
> Brackettville, TX
> 
> 
> 
> 

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1724 NE 98 St.
Seattle, WA 98115
206-528-1382
dennispaulson AT comcast.net



Subject: LRGV trip 7/9-11/14
From: "Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:38:15 -0700
Dad & I just returned from a short trip to the LRGV.† We left Brackettville on 
Wed 7/9 in the morning.† Our first stop was at the Nueces River picnic area on 
TX 85 east of Carrizo Springs.† Water is now high here, but judging by overall 
Ode numbers I suspect that it was dry or nearly so before the area got heavy 
rains about 2 weeks ago.† We did have decent numbers of "colonizer" odes out 
flying over the river: 


TX: Dimmitt Co; Nueces River at TX 85 (11:30-12:00)

Fragile Forktail 1 (only damselfly seen!)
Cyrano Darner 2 - new county record, southwesternmost record for the species
Flag-tailed Spinyleg 1
Red-tailed Pennant† 5-6
Eastern Pondhawk 10+
Great Pondhawk 5-6
Band-winged Dragonlet 1
Roseate Skimmer 1
Blue Dasher 10+
Eastern Amberwing 10+
Common Whitetail 2
Red Saddlebags 1


Next, we stopped at San Ygnacio on the Rio Grande.† Again, Ode activity was 
poor: 


TX: Zapata Co; San Ygnacio (Seedeater Sanctuary on the Rio Grande) (2:45-3:10)

Smoky Rubyspot 1
Powdered Dancer lots
Russett-tipped Clubtail 1
Red-tailed Pennant 1
Band-winged Dragonlet 2
Thornbush Dasher 1
Roseate Skimmer 3
Wandering Glider 4-5
Spot-winged Glider 4-5
Red Saddlebags lots

Heading south, we next stopped at Salineno

TX: Starr Co; Salineno at Rio Grande (4:00-5:15)

Smoky Rubyspot 5-6
Powdered Dancer lots
Blue-fronted Dancer 5-6
Blue-ringed Dancer 5-6
Flag-tailed Spinyleg 1
Five-striped Leaftail 2
Pale-faced Clubskimmer 1
Black Setwing 10+
Great Pondhawk 5-6
Band-winged Dragonlet 10+
Wandering Glider 5-6
Spot-winged Glider 5-6
Red Saddlebags 10+

Our last stop for the day was at Estero Llano Grande State Park where we 
thoroughly searched the Green Jay Trail area (repeatedly) hoping to turn up the 
Caribbean Darner that had been seen earlier this week.† No luck on that score, 
but we did find: 


TX: Hidalgo Co; Estero Llano Grande State Park, Green Jay Trail (7:00-8:30)

Bar-sided Darner 3-4
Great Pondhawk 4-5
Band-winged Dragonlet 10+
Roseate Skimmer 4-5
Blue Dasher 1



10 July 2014

Today was cloudy all day, with a fairly significant rain shower at midday (for 
about 2 hours).† We started and finished our day at Estero, and spent the 
middle of the day at Santa Ana.† Santa Ana water levels were good in the 
entrance pond full†(although hard to observe with cattails blocking may of the 
viewing sites), Willow 1 & 2 full to the brim, and Willow 3 in the process of 
filling.† Most of the Ode Activity at Santa Ana was at Willow 1 & 2. 


TX: Hidalgo Co; Estero Llano Grande, Green Jay Trail and Alligator Pond 
(8:00-10:00) 


Rainpool Spreadwing 1
Bar-sided Darner 2
Narrow-striped Forceptail 1
Pin-tailed Pondhawk 1
Great Pondhawk 5-6
Roseate Skimmer 5-6
Blue Dasher 2-3
Red Saddlebags 5-6

Both Bar-sideds we saw this morning we actively foraging and did not perch 
while we watched them. 



TX: Hidalgo Co; Santa Ana NWR (11:00-5:00)

Southern Spreadwing 1
Rainpool Spreadwing 1
Chalky Spreadwing lots
Blue-ringed Dancer 1
Citrine Forktail 10+
Rambur's Forktail 4-5
Cream-tipped Swampdamsel 1
Black Setwing 1
Pin-tailed Pondhawk lots
Great Pondhawk lots
Eastern Pondhawk lots
Spot-tailed Dasher 10+ (mostly teneral)
Thornbush Dasher lots
Roseate Skimmer 10+
Blue Dasher 10+
Striped Saddlebags 1
Red Saddlebags 10+

TX: Hidalgo Co; Estero Llano Grande State Park, Green Jay Trail (6:00-7:30)

Bar-sided Darner 1
Great Pondhawk 5-6
Roseate Skimmer 5-6

I flushed one (probable) Bar-sided Darner here that did not hang up.


11 July 2014

Today was mostly cloudy, with increasing sun as it got into midday.† The Resaca 
la Parida Banco at Bentsen is lower than I've ever seen it, but that provides a 
lot more shoreline access than I've seen before, making it easy to photograph 
the Mexican Scarlettails along the bank.† We also checked out the small lot of 
woods across the road from the entrance by the parking lot, and found some good 
bugs in there: 


TX: Hidalgo Co; Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park (9:00-2:40)

Smoky Rubyspot 1
Blue-fronted Dancer lots
Powdered Dancer 5-6
Blue-ringed Dancer 10+
Familiar Bluet 5-6
Rambur's Forktail 10+
Desert Firetail 10+
Turquoise-tipped Darner 2 (possibly 3)
Narrow-striped Forceptail 10+
Sulphur-tipped Clubtail 1
Five-striped Leaftail 3
Russett-tipped Clubtail 1
Bronzed River Cruiser 2
Red-tailed Pennant lots
Four-spotted Pennant 3
Gray-waisted Skimmer 10+
Black Setwing 5-6
Pin-tailed Pondhawk 5-6
Eastern Pondhawk lots
Great Pondhawk 10+
Seaside Dragonlet 2
Band-winged Dragonlet 5-6
Needham's Skimmer 2
Spot-tailed Dasher 4-5
Three-striped Dasher 1
Thornbush Dasher 10+
Straw-colored Sylph 1
Carmine Skimmer 7-8
Roseate Skimmer lots
Blue Dasher 5-6
Wandering Glider 1
Spot-winged Glider 4-5
Eastern Amberwing lots
Mexican Scarlettail 10+
Red Saddlebags 10+

We also had 3 probable Darners fly overhead - 2 were Anax-shaped, and one was 
more slender (Coryphaeshna-shaped, or possibly another Cruiser). 


The Turquoise-tipped Darners were hung up quietly in thick briar growth in the 
center of the wooded area across from the visitor's center.† I spotted one 
flush and return to its perch while searching for a presumable Two-barred 
Flasher that I had flushed earlier.† I then noticed a second individual hung up 
about 18" to its left.† While moving in close for photos, we flushed a third 
dragonfly from knee-high brush in the same general area that was possibly a 
third individual.† 


The Bronzed River Cruisers were hung up in the morning along the Resaca Vieja 
trail . . . the first was a male that was very accommodating and the second was 
a female that was less so (but did allow photos). 


The Three-striped Dasher was a female, also in the same block of woods.†† I got 
decent looks at it, but it flushed into the treetops before I could get photos. 


The Straw-colored Sylph made 2-3 passes about the boat ramp offering good looks 
but flew on up the boat ramp and off into the cleared area without offering 
photo opportunities. 


There were good numbers of Gray-waisted Skimmers in the woods across from the 
visitor's center. 




Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX
Subject: Mitchell Lake Audubon Center - San Antonio [7/10/14]
From: "icephotog AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Jul 2014 13:41:25 -0700
Yesterday I went out to Mitchell Lake Audubon Center on the south side of San 
Antonio as the first day of my long-delayed annual Spring Photo Binge. As they 
say, life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. 


Administrative note... MLAC is now open Tuesday-Sunday from 8AM - 4PM, but they 
have raised their price from $2 for everybody to $5 for almost everybody (Kids, 
Military, and Seniors still get in for $2) 


I walked the southeast side of the Bird Pond and then walked a path that took 
me between the west and east polders, basins 1 & 2, basins 1 & 5, between the 
lake and basins 5 & 4, between basins 3 & 4, and then the east side of the east 
polder. Wind created havoc out on the polder/basin walk and I shot almost 
nothing from the time I left the walk between basins 1 & 5 until I was on the 
east side of the east polder. 



Bird Pond [0828-0920]
Strong numbers of Four-spotted Pennats, Blue Dashers, and Great Pondhawks (!) 
with a copule of other species thrown in. I was somewhat surprised at the 
numbers of Desert Firetails which I had never seen at MLAC. The Halloween 
Pennant was very patient with me as well. 


Brachymesia gravida - Four-spotted Pennant  [20+]
Celithemis eponina - Halloween Pennant [1]
Erythrodiplax umbrata - Band-winged Dragonlet (Immature) [1]
Erythemis simplicicollis - Eastern Pondhawk [3]
Erythemis vesiculosa - Great Pondhawk [8]
Micrathyria hagenii - Thornbush Dasher [5]
Orthemis ferruginea - Roseate Skimmer [1]
Tramea onusta - Red Saddlebags (Immature) [1]

Telebasis salva - Desert Firetail [15]


Basins & Polders [0931-1104]
Again, heavy wind created havoc for me in the middle section of the walk. 
Strong numbers of Four-spotted Pennants, Red-tailed Pennants, and Red 
Saddlebags with again a few other species thrown in. Every red-colored 
saddlebag I saw I could confirm as Tramea onusta rather than Striped 
Saddlebags. Still the chance there was a mix. 


Brachymesia gravida - Four-spotted Pennant  [20+]
Brachymesia furcata - Red-tailed Pennant [10+]
Celithemis eponina - Halloween Pennant [1]
Erythemis simplicicollis - Eastern Pondhawk [2]
Erythemis vesiculosa - Great Pondhawk [1]
Libellula lydia - Common Whitetail [3]
Orthemis ferruginea - Roseate Skimmer [1]
Pachydiplax longipennis - Blue Dasher [5]
Perithemis tenera - Eastern Amberwing [4]
Tramea lacerata - Black Saddlebags [3]
Tramea onusta - Red Saddlebags [20+]

Ischnura ramburii - Rambur's Forktail [5]

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Subject: PS on Prince Baskettails
From: "Wanda Smith wsmith0709 AT yahoo.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:41:06 -0700
Oops...make that 7:30 p.m.
Subject: Prince Baskettails
From: "Wanda Smith wsmith0709 AT yahoo.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:29:48 -0700
This may not be unusual, but it was new to me.† Last night around 8:30, I went 
out to our pond and, where this time of year I usually see 1-3 Prince 
Baskettails (Epitheca princeps) cruising back and forth†low over the water, I 
saw at least 30 cruising in a column that reached at least 50 feet high, maybe 
higher.††I watched this for several mintues before they eventually worked their 
way across the pond to the other side.† This†was in Tyler County, and the 
habitat is mixed hardwoods and pines with creeks and the 2-acre pond.† Wanda 
Smith 
Subject: Fort Clark Springs, quest for the hanging Macromia Day 2
From: "Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 16:44:21 -0700
I went out twice today, mostly searching away from Las Moras Creek hoping for a 
hung up Bronzed River Cruiser.† Had one in foraging flight along one of the 
unused roads/trails on the NE side of the property this morning, but I never 
saw it hang up (although it did disappear a couple of times, possibly hanging 
somewhere).†† I also spent some time searching out near the drying beds for 
Four-spotted Pennants, and found 7 mostly perched high on tips of branches - 
the photos will document the new county record.† A second county record also 
came as a surprise - got a single Halloween Pennant, also perched high in a 
Mesquite.† Finally, I also got shots of a nice male Broad-striped Forceptail 
perched near the creek just east of the FCS entrance where I was walking along 
to get to the trails on that side of the property. 


My list for today:


Argia rhoadsi(Golden-winged Dancer)† 5-6 
Argia sedula(Blue-ringed Dancer) 5-6 
Argia translata(Dusky Dancer) 3 
Enallagma basidens(Double-striped Bluet) 10+ 
Enallagma civile(Familiar Bluet) 10+Enallagma novaehispaniae(Neotropical Bluet) 
10+ 

Enallagma praevarum(Arroyo Bluet) 10+
Telebasis salva(Desert Firetail) 1
Aphylla angustifolia(Broad-striped Forceptail) 1 
Dromogomphus spoliatus(Flag-tailed Spinyleg) 10+
Phyllogomphoides albrighti(Five-striped Leaftail) 10+
Macromia annulata(Bronzed River Cruiser) 1 
Brachymesia furcata(Red-tailed Pennant) 10+ 
Brachymesia gravida (Four-spotted Pennant) 7 NCR
Celithemis eponina (Halloweeen Pennant) 1 NCR
Dythemis nigrescens(Black Setwing) lots 
Dythemis velox(Swift Setwing) 3-4
Erythemis simplicicollis(Common Pondhawk) 10+ 
Erythemis vesiculosa(Great Pondhawk) 10+ 
Erythrodiplax umbrata(Band-winged Dragonlet) 1
Libellula luctuosa(Widow Skimmer) 2
Orthemis ferruginea(Roseate Skimmer) lots 
Pachydiplax longipennis(Blue Dasher) 1 
Pantala flavescens(Wandering Glider) lots 
Pantala hymenaea(Spot-winged Glider) lots
Plathemis lydia(Common Whitetail) 2 
Pseudoleon superbus(Filigree Skimmer) 1
Tramea onusta(Red Saddlebags) tons

I searched carefully through the squadrons of Red Saddlbags and couldn't find 
any Antillieans mixed in amongst them . . . 


Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX             
Subject: Fort Clark Springs 7/4
From: "Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 21:03:46 -0700
This morning's run took me out and around the wastewater drying beds as well as 
along trails away from water.† Flushed quite a few clubtails, the only ones I 
got good enough looks at were Flag-tailed Spinylegs.† Also saw a Filigree 
Skimmer along the trail.† Did see one Bronzed River Cruiser along the creek 
after I finished my run - just a fly-by. 


This afternoon, went back out to the same areas hoping to turn up a Cruiser 
hanging up or a Four-spotted Pennant around the drying bed ponds.† Four-spotted 
Pennant would be a county record here.† I did see one overhead, but couldn't 
relocate it in the brush, so no photo.† But I know there here right now, so 
just have to put in the time to find one.† I also had my second Broad-striped 
Forceptail for the county, but was unable to photograph it.† My total list for 
today (again, mostly away from the creek): 


Argia immunda (Kiowa Dancer) 4-5
Enallagma civile (Familiar Bluet) lots
Aphylla angustifolia (Broad-striped Forceptail) 1
Dromogomphus spoliatus (Flag-tailed Spinyleg) 2-3 (while on morning run)
Phyllogomphoides or Aphylla 5-6 (flushed on morning run)
Macromia annulata (Bronzed River Cruiser)†1 in flight after I finished my run 
(along creek) 

Brachymesia furcata (Red-tailed Pennant) 10+
Brachymesia gravida (Four-spotted Pennant) 1
Brechmorhoga mendax (Pale-faced Clubskimmer) 1
Erythemis vesiculosa (Great Pondhawk) 5-6
Micrathyria hagenii (Thornbush Dasher) 1
Orthemis ferruginea (Roseate Skimmer) 10+
Pantala flavescens (Wandering Glider) lots
Pantala hymenea (Spot-winged Glider) lots
Perithemis tenera (Eastern Amberwing) 1
Pseudoleon superbus (Filigree Skimmer) 1 (along trails in early morning while 
running) 

Tramea onusta (Red Saddlebags) lots

As short list for FCS, but I was looking for very specific species (hung up 
Cruisers) 


Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX
Subject: Las Moras Creek, Fort Clark Springs - yesterday (7/1)
From: "Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 06:09:25 -0700
Dad & I spent from 9:30-2:00 searching along Las Moras Creek at Fort Clark 
Springs yesterday - had a decent list, although in particular damsel numbers 
seemed low.† Highlights were multiple Orange-striped Threadtails (Protoneura 
cara), 4 Bronzed River Cruisers (Macromia annulata), and 4 Gray-waisted 
Skimmers (Cannaphila insularis).† Our list: 


Hetaerina americana (American Rubyspot) 2
Acanthagrion quadratum (Mexican Wedgetail) 9-10
Argia fumipennis (Variable Dancer) 1
Argia immunda (Kiowa Dancer) lots
Argia moesta (Powdered Dancer) 2
Argia rhoadsi (Golden-winged Dancer) lots
Argia sedula (Blue-ringed Dancer) lots
Argia translata (Dusky Dancer) 1
Enallagma basidens (Double-striped Bluet) lots
Enallagma civile (Familiar Bluet) 2
Enallagma exsulans (Stream Bluet) lots
Enallagma novahispaniae (Neotropical Bluet) 10+
Enallagma praevarum (Arroyo Bluet) lots
Telebasis salva (Desert Firetail) 1
Protoneura cara (Orange-striped Threadtail) 10+
Dromogomphus spoliatus (Flag-tailed Spinyleg) 10+
Phyllogomphoides albrighti (Five-striped Leaftail) lots
Macromia annulata (Bronzed River Cruiser) 4
Brachymesia furcata (Red-tailed Pennant) 3-4
Cannaphila insularis (Gray-waisted Skimmer) 4
Celithemis fasciata (Banded Pennant) 3
Dythemis fugax (Checkered Setwing) 2
Dythemis nigrescens (Black Setwing) lots
Dythemis velox (Swift Setwing) 1
Erythemis simplicicollis (Eastern Pondhawk) lots
Erythemis vesiculosa (Great Pondhawk) 10+
Erythrodiplax umbrata (Band-winged Dragonlet) 1
Libellula luctuosa (Widow Skimmer) 2
Orthemis ferruginea (Roseate Skimmer) lots
Pantala flavescens (Wandering Glider) lots
Pantala hymenea (Spot-winged Glider) lots
Perithemis tenera (Eastern Amberwing) 1
Plathemis lydia (Common Whitetail) 1
Tramea onusta (Red Saddlebags) lots

Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX
Subject: Gray-waisted Skimmers at Fort Clark Springs
From: "Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:22:08 -0700
Although Fort Clark Springs has long been described (to me) as one of the 
"best" places to find Gray-waisted Skimmers, until today, I had only seen 1 
there in the past 5 years (the first year I started working in Brackettville).† 
Today, we went to the pool for a swim, and while the lifeguards were doing 
their "safety check" I walked around and spotted a single male Gray-waisted 
Skimmer in a small drainage ditch just upstream from the pool.† I didn't have 
my camera, so I ran back to the house and grabbed.† Upon my return, I found at 
least 4 different males defending territories along an approximately 50 meter 
stretch of this drainage ditch between the pool and the north fence of the Fort 
Clark Springs community.† 


This particularly usually holds very little (if any) water, but it flooded 
extensively about a week and a half ago when we had 10" of rain overnight.† The 
remaining small pools are apparently attracting the Cannaphila.† I will go out 
tomorrow and see what else the recent rains may have brought into my area. 


Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX
Subject: RE: Digest Number 1662
From: "'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:59:24 -0500
The dates that I left off.  Uvalde, Cooks Slough 6/27/14 and Terrell County,
Independence Creek 6/28/14

 

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Uvalde, Cooks Slough by "Terry Hibbitts" terryhibbitts 

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Terrell County, Independence Creek by "Terry Hibbitts" terryhibbitts 


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 Uvalde,
Cooks Slough 


Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:32 pm (PDT) . Posted by: 


 
"Terry Hibbitts" terryhibbitts 


Texas: Uvalde County, Cooks Slough Nature Park, 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Missing
lots of the damsels.

Blue-fronted Dancer 6, Blue-ringed Dancer 10, Kiowa Dancer 10+,
Double-striped Bluet 2, Rambur's Forktail 2, Jade Clubtail 10+,
Sulphur-tipped Clubtail 3, Broad-striped Forceptail 6, Flag-tailed Spinylegs
1, Four-striped Leaftail 1, Red-tailed Pennant lots, Four-spotted Pennant
lots, Eastern Pondhawk lots, Black Setwing 1, Blue Dasher lots, Roseate
Skimmer lots, Common Whitetail lots, Eastern Amberwing lots, Black
Saddlebags 1, Red Saddlebags 2.

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Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:48 pm (PDT) . Posted by: 


 
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Texas: Terrell County, Independence Creek Nature Conservancy Property,
10:30 am - 3:30 pm. Not near as many damselflies as in April. Floods??
Open to the public today.

American Rubyspots lots, Leonora's Dancer 3, Blue-ringed Dancer lots, Kiowa
Dancer 10+, Dusky Dancer 2, Powered Dancer 5, Double-striped Bluet lots,
Rambur's Forktail 1, Four-striped Leaftail 4, Five-striped Leaftail 1, UNID
Leaftails lots, Sulphur-tipped Clubtail lots, Eastern Ringtail 3, Checkered
Setwing lots, Swift Setwing lots, Eastern Pondhawk lots, Pale-faced
Clubskimmer 1, Red-tailed Pennant 5, Four-spotted Pennant 1, Comanche
Skimmer lots, Flame Skimmer 2, Widow Skimmer 10+, Marl Pennant 6, Roseate
Skimmer 2, Filigree Skimmer lots, Black Saddlebags 10+, Red Saddlebags lots

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Subject: Hornsby Bend, Austin - 5/29
From: "Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 19:22:56 -0700
Well, there weren't as many Cruisers at Hornsby today as I saw on the Chippewa 
River in Wisconsin, but there were more there today than I've seen anywhere 
else!† I only spent about†2 hours, primarily along the river trails, and would 
have liked to have stayed longer, but we had to get back to Brackettville 
relatively early today, so I cut it short at noon.† Saw: 


Hetaerina titia (Smoky Rubyspot) 10+
Argia immunda (Kiowa Dancer) 2
Argia moesta (Powdered Dancer) lots
Anax longipes (Comet Darner) 1
Aphylla angustifolia (Broad-striped Forceptail) lots
Dromogomphus spoliatus (Flag-tailed Spinyleg) 2
Erpetogomphus designatus (Eastern Ringtail) 3
Gomphus vastus (Cobra Clubtail) 1
Phyllogomphoides albrighti (Five-striped Leaftail) lots
Stylurus plagiatus (Russet-tipped Clubtail) lots
Macromia illinoiensis (Swift River Cruiser) 3-4
Macromia taeniolata (Royal River Cruiser) 10+
Brachymesia gravida (Four-spotted Pennant) 4-5
Cannaphila insularis (Gray-waisted Skimmer) 1 female - alas, no photos
Celithemis eponina (Halloween Pennant) 2
Erythemis simplicicollis (Eastern Pondhawk) 10+
Erythemis vesiculosa (Great Pondhawk) 2
Libellula luctuosa (Widow Skimmer) lots
Libellula needhami (Needham's Skimmer) 1
Micrathyria hagenii (Thornbush Dasher) 1
Pantala hymenea (Spot-winged Glider) lots
Perithemis tenera (Eastern Ringtail) 5-6
Plathemis lydia (Common Whitetail) lots
Tramea lacerata (Black Saddlebags) 1
Tramea onusta (Red Saddlebags) lots

Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX
Subject: Black Pondhawk at NBC, 6/29/14
From: "Mike Rickard folksinger4 AT yahoo.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 19:21:44 -0700
Today I encountered a female Black Pondhawk at the National Butterfly Center. 
†It was down in the gully, in the section just north of the lower gardens, 
perching in deep shade along with several other dragonflies. †It was skittish 
and after I photographed it on two perches it headed down the gully and I could 
not relocate it. †This was only my second sighting of this species so it 
livened up an otherwise hot and uneventful day. †I placed a photo on the Texas 
Dragons and Damsels Facebook group. 


Mike Rickard
Mission, TX
Subject: Northwest Austin (Lake Creek Trail)
From: "Mikael Behrens mikaelb AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:40:22 -0500
Howdy,

This is my first post to the list, so any pointers are appreciated! I started 
getting interested in odonates when I took a workshop given by the Migratory 
Dragonfly Partnership a year or two ago. 


I spent a couple hours early this afternoon observing odonates on Lake Creek 
Trail in my northwest Austin neighborhood. I was just at one spot, by the most 
downstream dam on the creek. I think our neighborhood creek hosts a good 
diversity and I hope to report what I find regularly. Here's my list. (I was 
not able to get a good idea of Damselfly diversity and only reported the ones I 
photographed.) 


Blue-ringed Dancer	1
Aztec Dancer	1
Desert Firetail	1
American Rubyspot	1

Common Green Darner 1-2
Clubtail sp.    1
Four-spotted Pennant    10-15
Eastern Pondhawk    5-10
Comanche Skimmer    1
Neon Skimmer    1
Widow Skimmer   20+
Roseate Skimmer 2
Blue Dasher 20+
Eastern Amberwing   2
Common Whitetail    5-10
Black Saddlebags    2-5
Red Saddlebags  20+

The species I was able to photograph are posted on iNaturalist here:

http://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/mikaelb/2014/6/29

Mikael Behrens
Williamson County




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Subject: Terrell County, Independence Creek
From: "'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:47:57 -0500
 

Texas:  Terrell County, Independence Creek Nature Conservancy Property,
10:30 am - 3:30 pm.  Not near as many damselflies as in April.  Floods??
Open to the public today.

 

American Rubyspots lots, Leonora's Dancer 3, Blue-ringed Dancer lots, Kiowa
Dancer 10+, Dusky Dancer 2, Powered Dancer 5, Double-striped Bluet lots,
Rambur's Forktail 1, Four-striped Leaftail 4, Five-striped Leaftail 1, UNID
Leaftails lots, Sulphur-tipped Clubtail lots, Eastern Ringtail 3, Checkered
Setwing lots, Swift Setwing lots, Eastern Pondhawk lots, Pale-faced
Clubskimmer 1, Red-tailed Pennant 5, Four-spotted Pennant 1, Comanche
Skimmer lots, Flame Skimmer 2, Widow Skimmer 10+, Marl Pennant 6, Roseate
Skimmer 2, Filigree Skimmer lots, Black Saddlebags 10+, Red Saddlebags lots

 

Terry Hibbitts

Camp Wood Hills

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Subject: Uvalde, Cooks Slough
From: "'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:32:49 -0500
Texas:  Uvalde County, Cooks Slough Nature Park, 1:30 to 3:30 pm.  Missing
lots of the damsels.

 

Blue-fronted Dancer 6, Blue-ringed Dancer 10, Kiowa Dancer 10+,
Double-striped Bluet 2, Rambur's Forktail 2,  Jade Clubtail 10+,
Sulphur-tipped Clubtail 3, Broad-striped Forceptail 6, Flag-tailed Spinylegs
1, Four-striped Leaftail 1, Red-tailed Pennant lots, Four-spotted Pennant
lots, Eastern Pondhawk lots, Black Setwing 1, Blue Dasher lots, Roseate
Skimmer lots, Common Whitetail lots, Eastern Amberwing lots, Black
Saddlebags 1, Red Saddlebags 2.

 

Terry Hibbitts

Camp Wood Hills

www.thehibbitts.net  

 
Subject: Re: 10th anniversary Leptobasis
From: "dennispaulson AT comcast.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:18:59 +0000 (UTC)
That's really great, Jim, and I know they were seen in the Valley recently. 
With the drought and the vagaries of water levels in managed areas such as 
Santa Ana, it's heartening to see this species persisting in Texas. 


Dennis Paulson 
Seattle 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Jim Sinclair jim.sinclair AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" 
 

To: "TexOdes Odes"  
Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2014 2:46:33 PM 
Subject: [TexOdes] 10th anniversary Leptobasis 




Ten years ago today Tom Langschield, Glenn Perrigo and I found the first 
Leptobasis melinogaster in the US. 


Tom and I went to the same spot today and found two males. 

-- 
Jim Sinclair (TX-ESA) 
TOS Life Member 
Kingsville, TX 

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of 
thinking we were at when we created them." - Albert Einstein 



 
Subject: 10th anniversary Leptobasis
From: "Jim Sinclair jim.sinclair AT gmail.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:46:33 -0500
Ten years ago today Tom Langschield, Glenn Perrigo and I found the first
Leptobasis melinogaster in the US.

Tom and I went to the same spot today and found two males.

-- 
Jim Sinclair (TX-ESA)
TOS Life Member
Kingsville, TX

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of
thinking we were at when we created them." - Albert Einstein
Subject: Re: Somerville & Angelina Ode ID
From: "Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:29:02 -0700
The Sumerville Gomphus is indeed a Plains Clubtail (Gomphus externus).†† Your 
Angelina Gomphus is a Cocoa Clubtail (Gomphus hybridus) 


Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX
Subject: RE: Digest Number 1660
From: "'Terry Hibbitts' thibb AT swtexas.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:24:29 -0500
1st one is a Plains Clubtail and the 2nd one is a Cocoa Clubtail.

 

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Camp Wood, Texas

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Somerville & Angelina Ode ID by miriameaglemon 


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 Somerville
& Angelina Ode ID 


Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:07 pm (PDT) . Posted by: 


 
 miriameaglemon 


Hi, all!

I've been trying to get some confirmation on a couple of odes I had on 
vacation in April, and haven't had much luck: at Somerville WMA I believe I 
had a Plains Clubtail and Blue-tipped Dancer, while at Angelina NF I had 
another clubtail that still seemed to fit Plains best, but its tail was a 
little darker. I can either send the photos to whomever may be interested in

taking a gander, or you can scroll down the following pages where I have the

photos posted as part of the trip report:

For the first PLCL and the BTDA:

http://miriameaglemon.com/Trip%20Reports/Big%20Week%202014/Day%205%20Somervi
lle.html

...and for the second PLCL:

http://miriameaglemon.com/Trip%20Reports/Big%20Week%202014/Day%206%20Angelin
a%20NF.html

Thanks!

Mary Beth Stowe
McAllen, TX
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Subject: Somerville & Angelina Ode ID
From: "MiriamEagl AT aol.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:07:57 -0400 (EDT)
Hi, all!
 
I've been trying to get some confirmation on a couple of odes I had on  
vacation in April, and haven't had much luck:  at Somerville WMA I believe  I 
had a Plains Clubtail and Blue-tipped Dancer, while at Angelina NF I had  
another clubtail that still seemed to fit Plains best, but its tail was a 
little darker. I can either send the photos to whomever may be interested in 

taking a gander, or you can scroll down the following pages where I have the  
photos posted as part of the trip report:
 
For the first PLCL and the BTDA:
 
http://miriameaglemon.com/Trip%20Reports/Big%20Week%202014/Day%205%20Somervi
lle.html
 
...and for the second PLCL:
 
http://miriameaglemon.com/Trip%20Reports/Big%20Week%202014/Day%206%20Angelin
a%20NF.html
 
Thanks!
 
Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 
Subject: Duckweed Firetail - Southern Panola County location - NOT THERE this year
From: "Linda Price lprice AT mac.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:13:55 -0500
In 2013 after completing my Panola County Breeding Bird Survey I visited Yellow 
Dog County Park which lies along the Sabine river at the southern edge of 
Panola County. At that time the small creek crossed going into the park was 
choked with duckweed and had numerous Firetails on the surface of the duckweed. 


This past Sunday I again added a trip down to Yellow Dog Park after doing the 
bird survey. I was hoping to get better photos of the Duckweed Firetails. 


I was very disappointed that the small creek crossing had zero duckweed growing 
in it and no Duckweed Firetails. There were numerous young catfish in the 
waterway which I did not see last year. As Catfish are Omnivores, I wonder if 
they have eaten all the duckweed and the Firetails. 


Iíd like to get back down there next week to see if I can find Firetails on the 
south side of the river. However, I am not sure I can make it. As there are 
only 3 Pineywoods locations for this species in Onodata Central, I thought it 
best to post that this easily accessed location no longer has them. 


Linda Gail
Longview, TX

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Subject: Light colored odes and leps changing distribution
From: "mitch AT utopianature.com [TexOdes]" <TexOdes@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 06:19:31 -0700
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140527114909.htm

Mitch Heindel
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Subject: Cooks Slough, Uvalde, morning of 6/7/14
From: "Troy Hibbitts alterna2627 AT att.net [TexOdes]" <TexOdes@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2014 11:01:50 -0700 (PDT)
After dropping our daughter off at SWTJC for her GeoForce (UT's Jackson School 
of GeoSciences) trip to Arizona and Utah, Marla & I went over to Cooks.† I was 
hoping to turn up a Jade Clubtail sighting or possibly an Orange Shadowdragon.† 
I've seen Jade Clubtails here before, but never more than 2-3 at a time - this 
morning was quite different, as they were all over the place - I literally saw 
in excess of 30 - males, females, and 1 pair in copula.† Alas, no Orange 
Shadowdragons, though.† We were there from about 9:00 am until about 10:30 am 
under mostly cloudy skies.† 


My list:

Argia apicalis (Blue-fronted Dancer) 1
Argia immunda (Kiowa Dancer) 10+
Ischura ramburii (Rambur's Forktail) 4-5
Anax junius (Common Green Darner) 1
Aphylla angustifolia (Broad-striped Forceptail) 3
Arigomphus submedianus (Jade Clubtail) lots
Gomphus militaris (Sulphur-tipped Clubtail) 10+
Brachymesia furcata (Red-tailed Pennant) 1
Brachymesia gravida (Four-spotted Pennant) 9-10
Dythemis velox (Swift Setwing) 1
Erythemis simplicicollis (Eastern Pondhawk) 10+
Perithemis tenera (Eastern Amberwing) 10+
Plathemis lydia (Common Whitetail) 10+
Tramea onusta (Red Saddlebags) 1

Troy Hibbitts
Brackettville, TX