California's Year 2013 Dragonflies

 

Sightings are listed in order from MOST recently to LEAST recently seen! 
Please send your sightings, with date, county and location as displayed below to Kathy Biggs and/or the CalOdes Yahoo! Dragonfly discussion group 
date (month/day/year) 
County (name of county where seen) 
your name 
place, etc. 
species common name &/or scientific name - #s & other data, comments, etc.  
species common name &/or scientific name - #s & other data, comments, etc. 
See examples below (after dates start)
THANK YOU
 
Key:
Species will be posted using either the Common Name or the Scientific Name, whichever the sender uses (inc. using both), 
but all first and last sightings of the year, county records, and new flight data will be posted using both names. 
To contact the person making the sighting, email Kathy Biggs.
COUNTY RECORDS are underlined and in red text  (some new, but prior to 2013 records are listed at the bottom of the page)
          OC= Odonata Central:   
* = first/last sighting of species of year in CA 
** = new flight data for species in CA
# = possibly a migratory event
MO = many observers (usually means a field trip full of observers)
 
 
As of the most recent date below,

 104 species (out of the 114 species known to occur in California) have been reported to this site as flying in California in the 2013 season.

22 new California county records &/or upgrades to county records have been reported this year

(this # may include upgrades of previous ‘sighting only’ records, newly accessed museum collections and new reports of prior year’s data).

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

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

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

 

Note: A new Facebook Western Odonata group has formed recently. This is a wonderful place to get help with IDs, etc. Check it out - https://www.facebook.com/groups/WesternOdonata/

 
 
December
 

December 30, 2013

Humboldt County

Tony Westkamper

Van Duzen River
Variegated Meadowhawk - I

 

December 29, 2013

Sonoma County

Jackie Scones

Bodega Dunes, Bodega Bay
Variegated Meadowhawk – 1 fresh appearing female [new late date for Sonoma County)
 

December 28, 2013

Humboldt County

Tony Westkamper

Van Duzen River
Variegated Meadowhawk - I
 

December 23, 2013

Humboldt County

Tony Westkamper

Van Duzen River

Variegated Meadowhawk -  I saw 2 for sure, maybe another fleeting, flitting, shadow. It had a translucent abdomen with something about half way down it.

 

December 22, 2013

San Diego County
Jay Keller
Mast Park in Santee 
* [see note] Cardinal Meadowhawk  Sympetrum illotum - I was stunned to look down at my feet to note what appears to be a nice crisp male (photo below).  
From what information I have, this appears to be a late date for California, but correct me if I am wrong.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/11504339986/
**Common Green Darner Anax junius – 1 [last report 2013]
Variegated Meadowhawk - 1
http://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/11504357253/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/11504357833/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/11504358663/
Note from Kathy: The latest December date, prior to today, was Dec. 3, 2007. ....but there is a Jan. 20th date recorded in 1900, and no one has ever seen them in February and we currently mark the early date as 3/3/2010.
So the date issue is complicated. Is the late date December, or January??  None the less, this is for sure the latest date in a decade and a half, if not in the last 113 years, so significant!!

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Humboldt County

Tony Westkamper

Van Duzen River

Variegated Meadowhawk, - saw one and tried to get a photo. It scooted from the rock where I saw it to a leaf strewn, grassy/weedy patch. As it tried to land it stirred up three more members of the species, all from an area about the size of my bathroom.

They flew hither and yawn. I did get a couple photos, but nothing to write home about.

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Tehama County

Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball

Red Bluff Sac. river

variegated meadowhawks - 2

 

December 22, 2013

Colusa County

Greg Kareofellas

Goat Mtn Road 
Sympetrum corruptum – a couple
 

December 19, 2013

Yuba County

Tim Manolis

Marysville CBC - very windy and cool
Variegated Meadowhawks  S. corruptum - at least 3. The two seen best were mature males in good condition. They were in a sunny patch of lawn in a residential area in town, sort of in the lee of a fence and out of the wind.
 

December 15 & 17, 2013

Humboldt County

Tony Westkamper

Van Duzen River
Variegated Meadowhawks – 2
This is following several nights where the temperature locally got down to the middle 20s (F). Photo posted on Western Odonata Facebook.
 

December 3, 2013

Humboldt County

Tony Westkamper

Van Duzen River
Variegated Meadowhawks – 2
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Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

southern Santa Barbara County
*Familiar Bluet Enallagma civile  [last report 2013]
*Blue-eyed Darner Rhionaeschna multicolor [last report 2013]
 

December 2, 2013

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

southern Santa Barbara County
*Arroyo Bluet Enallagma praevarum [last report 2013]
 

December 1, 2013

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

On the hedge at my house in Santa Barbara
Variegated Meadowhawk
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Humboldt County

Tony Westkamper

Van Duzen River
Variegated Meadowhawks – 2
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Riverside County

BJ Stacey & wife

….went up to see the Blue-footed Boobies at Lake Skinner and made a couple of other spots on the way home.

Common Green Darner
Variegated Meadowhawk

Familiar Bluet Enallagma civile

All critters from the day http://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/finatic/2013/12/1

 
November

 

 

November 30, 2013

Humboldt County

Tony Westkamper

My regular walk along the Van Duzen River
Variegated Meadowhawks and saw this Ode patrolling. From size and shape and style of flight I'd guess a darner. I think I saw a glint of blue on the abdomen. It never landed or even got very close for the few minutes I watched it.

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Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Goleta pond

Blue-eyed Darner Rhionaeschna multicolor
*Tule Bluet Enallagma carunculatum (photo ID – kb) [last report 2013]
There have been a few bluets around in the last couple of weeks, but try as I might, I cannot net one. They have become very sneaky, flying to the outer reeds at my approach.

 

November 24, 2013

San Diego County

Taking some friends from out of town out on a birding day I came across a couple of odes.

Common Green Darner
Variegated Meadowhawk

All critters from the day http://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/finatic/2013/11/24

 

November 29, 2013

Humboldt County

Tony Westkamper

My regular walk along the Van Duzen River

same Variegated meadowhawks. At least 2. Salmon are spawning in the Van Duzen River, Humboldt County, California.

 

November 28, 2013

San Mateo County

Leslie Flint

female Darner (brown) with very distinct thorax stripes. Assuming it was a Blue-eyed, but it never got very close to me.

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Alameda County

Alice Cavette

Sunol Regional Park

California Spreadwing - Archilestes californica - Male -CA Speadwings still thriving 8 years later. http://www.bugguide.net/node/view/870494 [last report 2013]

 

November 25, 2013

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

southern Santa Barbara County
*Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula [last report 2013]

 

November 23, 2013

San Mateo County

Leslie Flint

Purisima Creek Redwoods

I was out hiking today looking for fungi, but found an Ode instead! About a mile down the trail, there was a grassy area (pretty dry) and I was surprised to seea

Variegated Meadowhawk.

 

November 20, 2013

Sonoma County

Kathy Biggs, Louise Hallberg

Hallberg Butterfly Garden, Graton

*Shadow Darner Aeshna umbrosa  While refurbishing the pond a female came in, landed about 8” above the pond surface and oviposited on a rock! [last report 2013]

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Humboldt County

Sandra Hunt-von Arb

Arcata Marsh this afternoon -two very quick glimpses of odes...One large mosaic blue and one variegated meadowhawk.

Bummed they were both flying off at top speeds in the wind

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Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Goleta farm pond I go to at lunchtime - didn't expect much as the nights have been getting chilly and it rained last night.

I was pleasantly surprised to find seven (or eight) ode species, most represented by individuals.

Common Green Darner - 1 ovipositing

Blue-eyed Darners 4 or more (one of them trying to get it on with the Common Green)

Cardinal Meadowhawk - 1

Pacific Forktail Ischnura cervula - two

Black-fronted Forktail Ischnura denticollis, one
Familiar Bluet, one

Arroyo Bluet Enallagma praevarum, one

and the one which I thought was a Tule in the field, but upon looking at the photos I'm not so sure.

The black on S3 doesn't seem extensive enough and the paraprocts and cerci seem too far apart. Could it be an especially dark Arroyo?

 

November 21, 2013

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

southern Santa Barbara County
*Black-fronted Forktail Ischnura denticollis  [last report 2013]

 

November 17, 2013

Imperial County

BJ Stacey with Jay Keller

Familiar Bluets - I've gotten some feedback on iNaturalist that they don't all appear to be so.  Links are below.
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/461255
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/461254
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/461252
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/461250 - this is indeed a Familiar- kb

http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/462045
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/462041
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/462040

Bluet sp. – No/Bo type

*Rambur's Forktail Ischnura ramburii  [last report 2013]

*Blue-ringed Dancer Argia sedula [last report 2013]

*Roseate Skimmer Orthemis ferruginea [last report 2013]

**Mexican Amberwing Perithemis intensa – new late date, old date 11/14/2010

All critters from the day http://www.inaturalist.org/calendar/finatic/2013/11/17

 

November 15, 2013

Humboldt County

Tony Westkamper

My usual walk along the Van Duzen River.

Saw several (10 to 12) Variegated meadowhawks. They always seemed to be in pairs, one would hang around and let me take a photo, the other would head for cover. It happened every time I saw them today. Also saw 2 or 3 largish mosaic darners patrolling, none of which ever lit while I was watching.

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Sonoma County

Kathy & Dave Biggs
Riverside Park, Russian River (Windsor area)
NO ODEs.
 

November 14, 2013

Colusa County

Greg Kareofellas
Along the shore of Upper Letts Lake.

**Autumn Meadowhawk Sympetrum vicinum – a mated pair captured. CA Chart #28, OC#420168  - New late fight date by 2 weeks. Old date 10/28/2003 [last report 2013]

 

November 13, 2013

Orange County

Amy Hall
Foothill Ranch
*Neon Skimmer Libellula croceipennis – male photographed warming on rocks below office window
 

November 6-13, 2013

Yolo County

Greg Kareofellas
Davis backyard
I still have S corruptum and an occasional A junius flying here. 
A Variegated female has even been landing on my finger!
 

November 9 & 12, 2013

Sonoma County

Kathy & Dave Biggs (9th); Alan Wight (12th)

Copeland Creek @ Lichau Rd

No Great Spreadwings seen, nor any other Ode
 

November 5, 2013

Riverside County

Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball

Perris Lake

Mexican Amberwing – photo of a female

Variegated Meadowhawks – many

*Marl Pennant Macrodiplax balteata – a male seen [last report 2013, but not a for sure ID]

Darners

Damsels

 

November 3, 2013

Humboldt County

Tony Westkamper

My usual walk along the Van Duzen River.

Saw 2 Variegated meadowhawks up away from the river, and one moderate sized mosaic darner working a hatch of mayflies.

 

November 2, 2013

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

early to mid-afternoon in the Upper Santa Ynez River area 
California Spreadwings
*Vivid Dancers Argia vivida [last report 2013]

*California Dancers Argia agrioides [last report 2013]

Arroyo Bluets 
Familiar Bluets
Common Green Darners
a dull red dragon that flew quickly by. Either female Flame Skimmer or male Red Rock Skimmer, I think; not sure which would be most likely. Both would be a late date for the county.
I took a couple of pics of a largely metallic green damsel at Upper Oso. It seemed larger than our common forktails (Black-fronted and Pacific)
 

November 1, 2013

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Farm pond in Goleta
Tule Bluet - 6 
Familiar Bluet – 4
Pacific Forktail - 2
Common Green Darner - 6
Blue-eyed Darner – 6
Cardinal Meadowhawk - 5
 
October

 

October 25, 2013

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

Southern Santa Barbara County
*Wandering Gliders Pantala
flavescens [last report 2013]

 

October 26, 2013

Siskiyou County

Dave Payne

Kelly Lake= This is the same lake I secured that specimen (Autumn meadowhawk a few years back).

meadowhawks - at least two (possibly Autumn)

California Spreadwings

*Paddle-tailed Darners Aeshna palmata - cruising, hanging in the sunny area of the lake [last report 2013]

 

October 25, 2013

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

I visited the farm pond in Goleta where I've spent most lunchtimes over the past couple of months. The biggest surprise was seeing two Wandering Gliders; my last sighting was on 9/29. Still lingering:

Common Green Darner   3

Blue-eyed Darner     5

Wandering Gliders Pantala flavescens – 2

Cardinal Meadowhawk   1

Arroyo Bluet    5

Pacific Forktail  2 (adult and imm. female)

I haven't seen Flame Skimmer or Black Saddlebags for several days now.

October 24, 2013

Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

I went to the Upper Santa Ynez River this afternoon. The weather forecast called for 75 degrees, though whilst I was there between 1 and 3:30 the temps ranged from 63 to 66 degrees.

Upper Oso

*Walker's Darner Aeshna walkeri - a female, the highlight was photographing her [last report 2013]

California Spreadwing    6

*Great Spreadwing  Archilestes grandis    2 [last report 2013]

Vivid Dancer   20

Black-fronted Forktail – male seen, female photographed

First River Crossing

Common Green Darner   3

Variegated Meadowhawk  

California Dancer  20

Vivid Dancer  30

Pacific Forktail  2

Black-fronted Forktail  1

*Sooty Dancer Argia lugens   2 [last report 2013]

Bluets    40+ (Arroyo Bluet included)

 

October 21, 2013

Santa Clara County

Leslie Flint

Alpine Pond

*Striped Meadowhawk Sympetrum pallipes [last report 2013]

*Spotted Spreadwing Lestes congener [last report 2013]

California Spreadwing

 

October 20, 2013

San Mateo County

Leslie Flint

Alpine Pond (Hwy 35 & Alpine Road,) it was pretty quiet. Temp about 75 degrees; slight breeze.

Bluets (perhaps Tule) - 6

Common Green Darner - 1

Blue-eyed Darner - 1

California Spreadwing - 1

Striped Meadowhawk Sympetrum pallipes (6 pairs ovipositing in the dry grass next to the dry cattails; at least 4 more males in attendance attempting to thwart their efforts) - an orgy I would say!

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Santa Clara County

Then I visited the pond below Gate 5 at Monte Bello Reserve.  Temp about 75 degrees with a strong breeze.  The pond is quite low but there was:

Common Green Darner - 2

Striped Meadowhawk - 2 pairs plus 2 extra males

California Spreadwing - 1

Spotted Spreadwing Lestes congener – 4

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Imperial County

BJ Stacey and Jay Keller

Salton Sea

Variegated Meadowhawks were the most numerous bug of the day and were just about everywhere we stopped.

*Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata - One zoomed by us along the canal at Unit One of Sonny Bono NWR. [last report 2013]

**Double-striped Bluets Enallagma basidens - at least 3 [last report 2013 & new late date for the species]

Familiar Bluets - lots

Mexican Amberwing - one in Seeley. 

Many of the Familiars were in tandem and there was one sticky looking tan one that I assume was a teneral individual.

Common Green Darners numbers less than 10 for the day

Roseate Skimmers - multiple #s at a few locations

Blue-ringed Dancer - 1

*Desert Forktail Ischnura barberi – 1 [last report 2013]

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Siskiyou County

David Payne

mouth of Elk Creek along the Klamath River

*American Rubyspots Hetaerina americana -  two [last report of 2013]

 

October 19, 2013

Sonoma County

Dave Barry and MO
#…while leading a hawk hike at the Jenner Headlands, Odonates were flying too. As were butterflies. 
I observed Variegated Meadowhawks & possibly a Common Green Darner {new late date for Sonoma Co]. A Blue dragonfly I could not get a great look at. I did not see any green on its thorax.
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Shasta County
Michael & Muriel Plank
Cottonwood 
Neon Skimmer - Female landed on a twig. I posted a photo. It is a first in our yard. 
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Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson

southern Santa Barbara County

*Black Saddlebags Tramea lacerata [last report 2013]

 
 

October 17, 2013

Siskiyou County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

We decided to look for Autumn Meadowhawks at 2 nearby sites....no luck.
No Odes and hardly any water in the Widow Springs Pond just a mile from our McCloud home.
Soda Springs/Squaw Creek/Beaver Dam site south of McCloud had about 6 darners, all with green faces and looking to probably be Shadow Darners.
Two damsels there too, one was a Spreadwing (Lestes).
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Humboldt County
Tony Vanderkamper
Van Duzen River
American Rubyspot Hetaerina americana – three or four 
Variegated Meadowhawks - a few
Darners, Several blue Mosaic types
Blue-eyed Darner - a raggedy female
 
October 7- 17, 2013
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson
farm pond
Arroyo Bluet
Familiar Bluet
Tule Bluet

Pacific Forktail

Cardinal Meadowhawk

Variegated Meadowhawk

Flame Skimmer (down to 1 today)

Black Saddlebags Tramea lacerata

Common Green Darners

Blue-eyes Darners

*Blue Dashers Pachydiplax longipennis – 2; The biggest surprise this week --they had been absent for a month

 

October 16/17, 2013

Sonoma  County

Diane Hichwa, Kathy M.

Jenner Headlands (for hawk watch)

#still a steady stream of brown/red dragonflies – 17th

#We noticed a steady stream on dragonflies winging by---above us, next to us, below us---heading south – 16th

 

October 16, 2013

Butte County

Leslie Flint

de Sabla Reservoir I drove to de Sabla again to see if I could find an Autumn Meadowhawk. It was in the low 70s and there were very few Odes. I spent from 12-3 searching and left when the cross country teams arrived for their run

Shadow Darners (4-6)

Variegated Meadowhawks 4

California Spreadwings a pair

Autumn Meadowhawk – 1 female photographed, and as I was walking back to my car along the face of the dam, a small red dragonfly flew up from the floating vegetation and landed on the gravel 10 ft. in front of me, however before I could raise my camera or my binoculars, a wasp bothered it and it flew away and I never found it again. This might have been an Autumn, but I can't be sure. Next year.

 

October 15, 2013

San Mateo County

Leslie Flint

Francis Beach, Half Moon Bay, this morning

#Variegated Meadowhawks -  Large numbers - 100s - moving south along the beach

…

Bob Hislop

shoreline at Half Moon Bay

gazillions of migrating dragonflies; immediately offshore there was a seabird feeding frenzy (Gulls, Pelicans, Cormorants, etc.). 

Perhaps the 2 phenomena are related?  Is it possible for example that the weaker dragonflies are falling into the water and are attracting schools of fish up to the surface to feed, thus attracting the birds? 

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#Alameda County

Mark Rauzon

At Oyster Bay Regional Park in San Leandro …<snip>….But I did see something that stopped me in my tracks. It took a bit to realize what was happening, but a steady stream of medium-sized dragonflies were passing me without deviation in flight.

#I could see 10 at any one moment pass and the river of dragonflies kept coming. I could have seen over a thousand pass me at low level flight, and felt like I was in the movie Avatar! They had a reddish sheen to the wings and I was fortunate to see two rest briefly. I took some photos to help ID the insects:
Turns out they are Variegated Meadowhawks, known as long-distance migrants, breeding as far north as Canada with a massive late summer emergence and southward migration along the Pacific Northwest coast all the way to Honduras for the winter. Amazing!  http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/hc95b00#hc95b00

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Don Murphy

Rifle Range Road trailhead in Wildcat Canyon Park.  

There was a huge volume of dragonflies passing through - I'll bet they were the Meadowhawks that you identified!  I've never seen dragonflies in such numbers - thanks for doing the research, and for sharing it.

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Contra Costa County

Doris Lopez
Richmond - Tuesday evening. 

I was in my backyard when all of a sudden bunches and bunches of dragonflies flew towards me and then passed over my house.  I saw at least 10 at a time.  More than 100 shot by.  It was amazing!

October 13, 2013

San Luis Obispo County

Leslie Flint

Pescadero - right on the coast and the chaparral is literally covered with these species:

variegated meadowhawks
common green darners
blue-eyed darners
#Large numbers moving through - perhaps a migratory event

 

October 8, 2013

Los Angeles County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Piru Creek, Frenchmen’s Flat

Warm with a slight breeze, 10:30 – 1:30
Flame Skimmer – 1m

*Red Rock Skimmer Paltothemis lineatipes – 1f [last report 2013]

Common Green Darner – 1+

American Rubyspot - ~7 m

Sooty Dancer – many

Vivid Dancer – some

Lavender Dancer Argia hinei  – possibly one male quickly seen (would be a lifer for us!)

Bluet sp – few, one male collected is either an Arroyo or an River  - River would be a large range extension!

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Humboldt County

Tony Vanderkamper

Van Duzen River 
Spreadwing - one very large that landed way up there in the treetops
Common Green Darner sp. – a few 

darner sp - very blue mosaic

Variegated Meadowhawk

 

October 7, 2013

Imperial County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Sonny Bono NWA
Roseate Skimmer – many

Mexican Amberwing – 1m

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Contra Costa County
Janet Ellis
Ellis Lake. Concord
Familiar Bluet

Common Green Darner – pair ovipositing

Variegated Meadowhawk – pair ovipositing

Black Saddlebags – pair ovipositing

Blue Dashers – female ovipositing

 

October 6, 2013

Imperial County

2013 Blitz team

Above West Pond, Imperial Wetlands
*Powdered Dancer Argia moesta – some [last report 2013]
Blue-ringed Dancer - some
Common Green Darner - some
Blue-eyed Darner - few
*White-belted Ringtail Erpetogomphus compositus – few [last report of 2013]
*Red-tailed Pennant Brachymesia furcata – female [last report 2013]
*Comanche Skimmer Libellula comanche  - 2 males OC #410847 [last report 2013]

Roseate Skimmer - some
Blue Dasher - some
Mexican Amberwing - some
Variegated Meadowhawk - some
Black Saddlebags - quite a few

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Riverside County

Peter Siminski

Dos Palmas Oasis and Fish Ponds, Dos Palmas Preserve; Elev. -100’; 7:30-11:50, 65-88F, cloudless, light to gentle breeze NW.

*Paiute Dancer, Argia alberta 1 in hand. [last report 2013]

Blue-ringed Dancer, Argia sedula 1

Familiar Bluet, Enallagma civile 2

Desert Forktail, Ischnura barberi 1

*Citrine Forktail, Ischnura hastata  1 [last report 2013]

Rambur’s Forktail, I. ramburii >50

Common Green Darner, Anax junius  6

Blue-eyed Darner, Rhionaeschna multicolor  7

Variegated Meadowhawk, Sympetrum corruptum >30 with most in tandem pairs, some ovipositing.

Red-tailed Pennant, Brachymesia furcata 4

*Western Pondhawk, Erythemis collocata 5 [last report of 2013]

Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis 11

Comanche Skimmer, Libellula comanche 1

Roseate Skimmer, Orthemis ferruginea  4

*Marl Pennant, Macrodiplax balteata 7 [last report 2013]

Black Saddlebags, Tramea lacerata 7

*Red Saddlebags, Tramea onusta 1- [last report 2013]

*Spot-winged Glider, Pantala hymenaea 1 [last report 2013]

Note: With the government shutdown, Dos Palmas is still open to the public but this could change according to the property manager.

 

October 5, 2013

Imperial County

2013 Blitz team

Imperial Wetlands
American Rubyspot - We walked IN and above the creek leading into Senator Wash and saw MANY
Powdered Dancer - many
Blue-ringed Dancer - many
California Dancer - many along the creek leading into Senator Wash. Photos and specimens collected.
Paiute Dancer - several along the creek leading into Senator Wash. Photos and specimens collected.

Familiar Bluet - a few
Citrine Forktail - several along the road as we approached West Pond, males and mature and immature females in-hand
Rambur's Forktail - abundant
Common Green Darner - many, inc. tandem ovipositing
Blue-eyed Darner - some, males and females in-hand
White-belted Ringtail - several, males and females seen, photographed OC#
410845
*Russet-tipped Clubtail Stylurus plagiatus - 1 female above West Pond - the area where we got Striped Saddlebags in 2006 is mostly overgrown now. OC# 410843 [last report 2013]
Red-tailed Pennant - some, males and females in-hand
*Pale-faced Clubskimmer Brechmorhoga mendax - at least 2, one in-hand OC# 410842 [last report 2013]
Western Pondhawk - a few, males and females
Flame Skimmer - a few, males and ovipositing females
Marl Pennant - several males, in-hand
  410844
Roseate Skimmer - many, males and females
Blue Dasher - some, male and females
Wandering Glider - quite a few; no Spot-winged Gliders seen
Mexican Amberwing - quite a few, males and females
Variegated Meadowhawk - some
Black Saddlebags - quite a few

 

October 3, 2013
Imperial County

Leslie Flint

Sunbeam Pond -The wind was blowing pretty fiercely but I did manage to find:

Double-striped Bluet 2+

Powdered Dancer - one male and one female (2)

Blue-ringed Dancer - numerous - 12 pairs +

Forktail sp. - 12+ (maybe Western?)

Roseate Skimmer - 1

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Humboldt County

Tony Vanderkamper

Van Duzen River - Overcast muggy, kind of cool day
Common Green Darner sp. – a few 

darner sp - several blue mosaic type

Variegated Meadowhawk, a bunch- seemed like there was one perched on a rock every 20 yards or so.

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nyo County

Kathy & Dave Biggs; Ron & Barbara Oriti

Rawson Pond #3, just west of the Owens River

*Band-winged Meadowhawk Sympetrum semicinctum – some [last report 2013]

 

October 2, 2013
Santa Barbara County

Leslie Flint

Upper Oso Campground

*Lavender Dancer Argia hinei    20+ [last report 2013]

 
October 1, 2013
Mono County

Kathy & Dave Biggs; Ron & Barbara Oriti

River Springs

*Saffron-winged Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum – 1f [last report 2013]

*Black Meadowhawk Sympetrum danae  [last report 2013]

 

 
September
 

September 30, 2013

Mono County

Kathy & Dave Biggs

DeChambeau Ponds, 45 mins. late afternoon
Bluet sp. – few

Forktail sp. – 1

Blue-eyed Darner – 1

Paddle-tailed Darner – 2+

*Saffron-winged Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum – 1f

 
September 28, 2013
Humboldt County

Tony Vanderkamper

Van Duzen River - Overcast muggy, kind of cool day
Rubyspots (Two)
Darner sp. - 1 
Variegated Meadowhawk – 1
…….

Sonoma County

Len Blumin

Pond 2 at Ellis Creek was full of water. Air temp about 78 F, breezes variable,

Blue-eyed Darners were cruising in good numbers, joined by lesser numbers of

Common Green Darners including an ovipositing tandem pair

Variegated Meadowhawks and a single

Black Saddlebags. [new late date for Sonoma County]

blue damselflies, but most appeared to be Bluets.

 

September 27, 2013
Santa Cruz County

John Garrett, Jack Mazza, Alex Rinkert

Bethany Curve (a small suburban park) in Santa Cruz
fellow UC Santa Cruz student Jack Mezza pointed out a "pink dragonfly". I managed a bad photo. Alex Rinkert also saw it before it flew off. 
Roseate Skimmer Orthemis ferruginea – 1 male photographed, CA Chart # 129, OC# 410629 [this is a HUGE range extension! Vagrant? Introduced? Range expanding? – kb]
 
September 25, 2013
Imperial County

Doug Aguillard and BJ Stacey

Salton Sea

*Double-striped Bluet Enallagma basidens (Doug's sharp eyes found this lifer for BJ)

Familiar Bluet

Blue-ringed Dancer

Western Pondhawk

Variegated Meadowhawk

Mexican Amberwing
Black Saddlebags

Blue Dasher

Common Green Darner
Roseate Skimmer

 
September 24, 2013
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Bigsnest Wildlife Pond, Sebastopol backyard
Pacific Forktail
*Western Forktail Ischnura perparva [last report 2013]
Shadow Darner – male (IH)
Flame Skimmer – a male quickly flew overhead at tree height
Cardinal Meadowhawk – male (photographed)
 
September 21, 2013
Sonoma County
FANTASTIC workshop on Migrating Dragonflies given by Celeste Mazzacano of the Xerces Society DMP (Dragonfly Migratory Project).
Learned so much! Pages of notes, I think I even understand Stable Isotops now....but don't expect ME to explain it to YOU!!
Maybe 40 folks, a full house, and the pouring/pounding rain even let up late afternoon and we were able to find a few species in the field....

Petaluma, Ellis Creek Wetlands

Celeste Mazzacano, Kathy & Dave Biggs, Sandra Hunt-von Arb, Eddie Dunbar & MO

Co. Green Darner
Blue-eyed Darner

Darner sp.

Variegated Meadowhawk, males (IH)
Tule Bluet (IH)
Pacific Forktail - male and female (IH)
 
September 20, 2013
Colusa County
Sandra Hunt-von Arb, Celeste Mazzacano, Kathy Biggs
Bear Creek @ Bridge on Hwy 20 – 11-1:00 (14 species)
We walked the creek along Bear Creek Rd from where the barbed wire fence resumes to the far side of the bridge. 
Then we drove down highway 16 (~1.5 miles) wy 16HHHto Cowboy Camp for another hour (8 species) - for a total of 16 species for the day. Celeste and Sandra both got lifers 
At Bear Creek Bridge area: 
Pale-faced Clubskimmer– one 
Flame Skimmer
Variegated Meadowhawk
Striped Meadowhawk
Black Saddlebags– one male
Common Green Darner
Blue-eyed Darner (IH)
Mosaic darner
American Rubyspot
Familiar Bluet (IH)
Tule Bluet (IH)
Pacific Forktail
Western Forktail
Sooty Dancer – one male
At Cowboy Camp  just down stream
Vivid Dancer
Western Forktail
*Desert Firetail Telebasis salva – one male [last report 2013]
Familiar Bluet
Common Green Darner
Variegated Meadowhawk
Flame skimmer – few, but one female ovipositing
American Rubyspot
 
September 19, 2013
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson

I spent a couple of hours along the Santa Ynez River. Dragonfly numbers were way down, but not damsels! Temps ranged from 85 to 91 degrees F.

Upper Oso-- I walked the approx 600 yard length of the creek that has flowing water.

CA Spreadwing    10

Great Spreadwing  2

Lavender Dancer Argia hinei    20+

Vivid Dancer  20+

Desert Firetail    6

Walker's Darner  3

Flame Skimmer   1

Red-rock Skimmer   1 female

American Rubyspot  2
First River Crossing--numbers of dragons much diminished since a couple of weeks ago, but damsels were in profusion, esp. CA/Aztec Dancers.

Flame Skimmer  20

Red-rock Skimmer   1 male

Common green Darner   8

Variegated Meadowhawk  1

Western Pondhawk   1 male

*Serpent Ringtail Erpetogomphus lampropeltis - 1 male [last report 2013]

Bluet sp.  40+

Black-fronted Forktail   2

Lavender Dancer   1 male

CA/Aztec Dancer 200+

Sooty Dancer 8

Desert Firetail  5
 
September 18, 2013­­

Orange County

Mike Clayton

Tejaras Creek

Black-fronted Forktail – male 410479

Desert Firetail – male 410444 (this is a pending record as there is a southern Firetail that cannot be told from this species in photographs)

 
September 17, 2013

Santa Barbara County

Peter Gaede

Small, natural spring with several large cottonwood trees nearby -  35.40808° N 120.02087° W This location is 6 miles northwest of the first county record earlier this year.

*Desert Whitetail Plathemis subornata – one male observed/photographed, OC# 410419 [last report 2013]

Tule Bluet – male, photo OC# 410420
…….
Butte County 
Leslie Flint
de Salba Reservoir …. hoped to find an Autumn Meadowhawk. Sunny, 75 deg; beautiful day. I spent 4 hours from 12-4 walking the edge of the reservoir searching but to no avail. 
Perhaps too early although they have been reported as early as September 10 in the past. 
COMMON GREEN DARNERS - there were literally hundreds of them - I have never seen such a sight (except in June at Sand Pond where Chalk-fronted Corporals were in the zillions). They were everywhere all over the reservoir along with 
blue mosiac darners. 
VARIABLE MEADOWHAWKS about a dozen august
WESTERN PONDHAWKS (many females trying to be as green as the green darners) - about a dozen 
*TWELVE-SPOTTED SKIMMER  Libellula pulchella - one [last report 2013]
bluets - many – at least one a Tule Bluet
A beautiful spot.
 
September 14, 2013
Santa Barbara County
Dave Compton
Carpinteria
Blue-eyed Darner- a female photographed

 

September 15, 2013

Riverside County

Peter Siminski

Dos Palmas Oasis and Fish Ponds, Dos Palmas Preserve; Elev. -100’; 6:50-11:30, 75-105F, cloudless, calm to light breeze S.

California / Aztec Dancer, Argia sp. 1

Paiute Dancer, A. alberta  1

Powdered Dancer, A. moesta  2

Blue-ringed Dancer, Argia sedula 8

Desert Forktail, Ischnura barberi 2

Citrine Forktail, I. hastata  2

Rambur’s Forktail, I. ramburii 24

Common Green Darner, Anax junius  >100 including 8 tandem pairs ovipositing.

Blue-eyed Darner, Rhionaeschna multicolor  2

Variegated Meadowhawk, Sympetrum corruptum 1 with fresh wings.

Red-tailed Pennant, Brachymesia furcata >45 including one pair in wheel.  One female holding and consuming a female P. longipennis.

Western Pondhawk, Erythemis collocata >65 including two wheels.

Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis >40

Flame Skimmer, L. saturata  3

Roseate Skimmer, Orthemis ferruginea 11 including one female ovipositing.

Marl Pennant, Macrodiplax balteata ! >85 including two tandem pairs ovipositing.

Black Saddlebags, Tramea lacerata >100 including about 15 tandem pairs.

Red Saddlebags, T. onusta 13 including 1 teneral.

 

September 13, 2013
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Laguna Wetlands Park, Sebastopol
No water in the ponds, hardly any odes….what did I expect on Friday the 13th??
Variegated Meadowhawks – about a half dozen
Darner sp – about a half dozen, one looked to be a Blue-eyed
…….
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ransom
Goleta - Still lots of ode activity:
Black Saddlebags
Common Green Darner
Blue-eyed Darner
Western Pondhawk
Cardinal Meadowhawk
Flame Skimmer
Blue Dashers - in wheel
Bluets - swarms
Pacific Forktail  - immature female
 
September 9 & 11, 2013
San Mateo County
Leslie Flint
Laurelwood Park

Walker’s Darner

Stulsaft Park
*Pacific Spiketail Cordulegaster dorsalis – [last report 2013]
 
September 9, 2013
Santa Barbara County
Michael Plank & wife 
Santa Barbara 
Santa Ynez River crossing
Serpent Ringtail-4
Common Green Darner-10 or more
Flame Skimmer-20
Red Rock Skimmer-10
Sooty Dancer-many
California Dancer-15+
Blue Dasher-1
Cardinal Meadowhawk-4
Upper Oso Campground
Bluets-many
Lavender Dancer-20
Desert Firetail-10
Great Spreadwing-1 
…….
San Francisco County
Len Blumin
the gully along the road to Ft. Point
Vivid Dancers, 2 
No other odes seen there.
…
Marin County
Tiburon Marsh now, even though it has warmed up by the time I arrived. Only dragons were a single 
Western Pondhawk - 1
Cardinal Meadowhawk - 1
Bluet sp – possibly a Tule
 
September 8, 2013

San Mateo County

Matthew & Cricket Dodder

Stulsaft Park in Redwood City

mid-sized "MOSAIC" DARNER... too fast-moving for us to nail down, but I can say its eyes were NOT bright blue.

VIVID DANCER - beautiful, complete with purplish-blue and black coloration, and small backward pointing triangles on its abdomen

PACIFIC SPIKETAIL - We saw it several times, in fact, we saw at least two individuals, as they made their back and forth journey along the creek. Lifer for both of us!

…….
San Diego County
Jay Keller
Santee Lakes
Green Darner photographed while consuming a Western Pondhawk
I witnessed the kill, then it landed nearby and quickly ate off the head 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/9705278270/sizes/l/
*Giant Darner Anax walsinghami – male photographed [last report of 2013]
Flame Skimmer – male photographed
…….
Humboldt County
Tony Vanderkamper
Van Duzen River
Pale-faced Clubskimmers -several who wouldn’t hold still at all
common green darners - a couple, 
California Spreadwing - a female
American Rubyspot – 1
Western River  Cruisers – several 
*Bison Snaketail Ophiogomphus bison – 1 male photographed [last report 2013]
…….
Alameda County
Janet Ellis
Del Valle dam area
Flame Skimmer
Cardinal Meadowhawk
Common Green Darners tandem ovipositing
Western Forktail
Black-fronted Forktail
American Rubyspot
…….
Trinity County
Jim Johnson
South Fork Trinity River
Great Spreadwings, Archilestes grandis….It was easily the most conspicuous odonate there and some of them posed very nicely for photographs.
 
September 7, 2013
Contra Costa County
Kathy & Dave Biggs + "Close to Home" participants 
Tilden Park, Oakland
Dragons were actually fairly scarce, BUT we saw Aeshna flying with green side stripes....either Paddle-tailed or Shadow would fit the bill. I thought they were Shadows.....
BUT, looking at the spreadsheet, Shadow Darners have not been recorded in Contra Costa Co. (or nearby Alameda Co.) and neither has Paddle-tailed. 
The only Aeshna recorded is Walker's, and these were at ponds/lakes not streams and didn't have white side stripes. 
They were way too dark blue to be Blue-eyed and too large to be Californias. I hope someone in the East Bay can get a photo/specimen....we never saw one land, and got no photos.
What we did record are:
Key :
TP = pond at Tilden Botanic Garden 
WC = Wildcat Creek at Tilden Botatnic Garden
AL = Anza Lake
JL = Jewel Lake
*Northern Spreadwing Lestes disjunctus - a pair in hand at Jewel Lake. The male was not yet pruinose!! [last report 2013]
Vivid Dancer = TP, AL
No/Bo Bluet = TP, AL, JL
Desert Firetail = TP, many, good photo opportunities, inc. in tandem and in-hand
Darner (Aeshna) species = TP., WC (these could have been Walker's),  AL, JL
Pacific Spiketail = WC – one, and another on road to LA
Flame Skimmer = AL, JL - several males
Cardinal Meadowhawk = TP and nearby meadow - one male in hand, several seen, tandem guarding ovipositing seen
Striped Meadowhawk = TP, one male seen, photos taken
Black Saddlebags = meadow near TP, possibly one at JL10 species
…….
San Diego County
Jay Keller
at a small pond in the Tijuana River Valley known as Dairy Mart Ponds 
ROSEATE SKIMMERS - two males, I am told the species is uncommon coastally here. A docu-photo can be seen below: http://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/9698376750/
Several miles east of Dairy Mart at a small temporary retention pond on Otay Mesa
Spot-winged Gliders, 2-3
Wandering Gliders, a handful
Red Saddlebags, 1
Blue-eyed Darner, 1 
Common Green Darners, 3
…

El Camino Memorial Cemetery

Mexican Amberwing – male

Dairy Mart Ponds

Roseate Skimmer - male

 
September 5, 2013

San Mateo County

Leslie Flint

short walk along the creek in Stulsaft Park in Redwood City. Since the creek is still flowing, I was hopeful for a few Odes. 
I would have liked to actually walk the creek because it is shallow and most of it inaccessible. Lots of shade with oak and bay trees predominantly.
Common Green Darner (over the grasslands)
Vivid Dancer - 6 - both on the creek and along the trail
Pacific Spiketail - gorgeous - just cruising this tiny creek
 
September 3, 2013

Shasta County

Jamie Simmons

#I visited the Hat Creek Viewpoint just after noon. (I've not been able to find an official name for this location and failed to make note of the signage that was there.

I found it called that on someone's photo site when I did a web search. Here it is on Google Maps:

https://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.7019207,-121.4060522&ll=40.7019207,-121.4060522  If you look at the satellite view you can see the paved road and overlook.)

I noted 2 female Anax junius (Common Green Darners) at the overlook. One in particular was patrolling in a circle, but as they are prone to do, it never perched.

As we left the overlook I noted at least 7 more darner-sized odes along the approx. 1/2 mile road to Highway 44. At least 2 seemed to be behaving as if the recently blackened (sealed with black sealant) roadway were perhaps a body of water.

The nearest obvious water is Hat Creek located about 3/4 of a mile to the west (per the map) and well below the overlook.

 

September 2, 2013
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson

Rattlesnake Canyon

Walker's Darners (4), my FOS

Great Spreadwing 3

Flame Skimmers 3

Vivid Dancers 5

 
September 1, 2013
San Diego County
Jay Keller 
Santee Lakes - Today I stumbled upon a GIANT DARNER at the northeast corner of Lake 5. As far as I can tell, this is not a regular location for the species. 
It spent the entire time I watched it in flight circling the small islands, and would occasionally attack the Green Darner pairs and at one point attacked a Black Phoebe flycatching
over the water!  It stayed somewhat distant and wouldn't perch for quality photos but I managed some decent ones in flight:
Also present were the following species and numbers:
Common Green Darner (8, three pairs)
Giant Darner Anax walsinghami (one, see above) 
Mexican Amberwing (10 to 12, all males)
Blue Dasher (~5 males)
Western Pond Hawk (a pair, female ovipositing)
Variegated Meadowhawk (one male)
Black Saddlebags (9, mostly pairs)
Flame Skimmer (2 males)
Neon Skimmer (a male and female, unpaired)
Red-tailed Pennant (1 male)
Pacific Forktail (many)
Sooty Dancer (1 male)
Tule Bluet (a few)
…….
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson

Santa Ynez River along Paradise Rd - a couple of hours Despite the heat on the immediate coast, temps in the valley were relatively cool (82-87 degrees F).

Noticeable by their absence at the river crossing were Giant Darner, Western River Cruiser, and Gray Sanddragon.

Serpent Ringtail  6

Common Green Darner   15+

Red Rock Skimmer   15

Flame Skimmer     30

Western Pondhawk   2

Blue Dasher   2

Lavender Dancer    5

Sooty Dancer  20

CA/Aztec Dancer   20+

Bluet sp 20+

Desert Firetail   10

Black-fronted Forktail   3

Spreadwing sp  --briefly seen. It looked on the small side, so Spotted is most likely, I think.

Upper Oso camp - the creek first explored by Nick Lethaby last week,. No dragons here, but damsels galore:

California Spreadwing  3 males. A lifer for me

*Great Spreadwing Archilestes grandis 1 male

Desert Firetail   5

Lavender Dancer  50+

Bluet s.  20+

Vivid Dancer   15

CA/Aztec Dancer   30

American Rubyspot   2
…….

Imperial County

Alison Van Keuren

Brawley, Carter/Fites Road

American Rubyspot  

 
August
 

 

August 30, 2013

Santa Barbara County

John Garrett

Peck Road Water Conservation Park in Arcadia yielded some diversity today (8/30), with only some casual searching.

Bluet sp (probably Tule, maybe Familiars too) - 10+

Common Green Darner - 6+, some mating

Blue-eyed Darner - 1

Variegated Meadowhawk - 2

Mexican Amberwing - 8+, mostly females

Red-tailed Pennant - 3 males

Flame Skimmer - 8+

Neon Skimmer - 1

Black Saddlebags - 6+, some mating

Wandering Glider - 1

Glider sp. - 3+

…….

San Diego County

Jay Keller

El Camino Memorial Cemetery, San Diego (Sorrento Valley)
Red-tailed Pennants, 8 males
Mexican Amberwings, 6 males
Flame Skimmers 2 males
Blue Dasher, 1 male http://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/9630444985/
 
August 29, 2013

Santa Barbara County

Nick Lethaby

Upper Oso Campground

California Spreadwing – 3-4

Lavender Dancer - 25+

Vivid Dancers - many

Desert Firetails­ - a couple

I was slightly surprised not to find a Walker’s Darner here.

…….

San Diego County

Jamie Simmons

San Diego Safari Park (formerly the San Diego Wild Animal Park) in San Pasqual Valley east of Escondido

Roseate Skimmers - 2 males photographed. They were in the area with the flamingos that is very close to the park entrance (NOT in the Heart of Africa). I saw and photographed them in the morning at 9:30; at about 5 pm I spent about 15 minutes there and had one brief fly-by observation.

Mexican Amberwings

Blue Dashers

Common Green Darner (1 male)

Spreadwings (as yet I have not had time to ID to species from my photos)

 
August 28, 2013
Colusa County 
Leslie Flint, Len & Patti Blumin
Bear Valley Creek. We stopped at 3 spots along the creek and had great odes at all of them; creek high and still flowing well. 
Giant Darner - 3 
Common Green Darner - 2
Blue-eyed Darner - 12+
Flame Skimmer - abundant
*Gray Sanddragon Progomphus borealis  - 1 [last report 2013]
Pale-faced Clubskimmer - 4 - one at each riffle
White-belted Ringtail - 6
Western Pondhawk - 1 male
Blue Dasher - 2
Variegated Meadowhawk - 6-10
Black Saddlebags - 4-6
American Rubyspot - abundant
Vivid Dancer - 1
Desert Firetail - 10 (3 pairs ovipositing like crazy in front of us with several males attending) http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/9625255522/
Bluet sp. - abundant
Dancer sp. a few
Western Forktail – 1
…
Lake County
We drove back along Hwy 16 and stopped at one Cache Creek spot where with effort we found 
*Emma's Dancer Argia emma (1 male and several brown females) along with more 
Rubyspots
…….
Inyo County
Ron & Barbara Oriti

west side of Owens Dry Lake.......

Black Saddlebags

Desert Whitetails 

Flame Skimmers

Western Pondhawks

Blue Dashers 

*Bleached Skimmers Libellula composita [last report 2013]

Variegated Meadowhawks

Common Green Darners

Mosaic darners, probably Blue-eyed Darners

 
August 26, 2013
San Mateo County
Leslie Flint
Sausal Pond at the Windy Hill OSP lower entrance.  The pond had lots of Odes - these are the ones I could ID close to shore.
Flame Skimmer - 5
Cardinal Meadowhawk -2
Common Green Darner - 2
Blue-eyed Darner - 1
Western Pondhawk - many
Blue Dasher - many
Vivid Dancer - 2
Bluet sp. 1 - way off the trail under the oaks
……. 
Humboldt County
Van Duzen River
Bison Snaketail – one, his abdomen had a distinctive sideways kink in it
Pale-faced Clubskimmers – several, very active
Common Green Darners - a bunch 
Sooty Dancers
Flame Skimmer - 1 (in passing)
Paddle Tailed Darner 
Northern or Boreal Bluet
…….
Santa Cruz County
Matthew and Cricket Dodder
Long Ridge OSP pond
DESERT FIRETAILS – 5, males were clambering for the attention of a lone female, some mating and ovipositing. Lifer for both Cricket and me.
PACIFIC FORKTAIL 
BLUET species
…
Santa Clara County

coming down from the hill in a tiny sunlit creek beside the road

BLACK-FRONTED FORKTAILS, a pair

FLAME SKIMMERS, two males

 
August 25, 2013
San Diego County

Jay Keller

Greenwood Cemetery

Black Saddlebags - photographed
Blue Dasher - photographed
Pacific Forktail – male, imm. Female, photographed
Green Darner
Sooty Dancer
Black-fronted Forktail
Mexican Amberwing
Unidentified Exuvia (Blue Dasher?)
…..
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Bigsnest Pond & yard
Flame Skimmer
Cardinal Meadowhawk
Pacific Spiketail
Pacific Forktail
Western Forktail
…….
Santa Barbara County
Peter Gaede 
Red Rock area this afternoon off Paradise Road in; temps ranged from 85-91 degrees.
*California Spreadwing Archilestes californicus - One male seen in overhanging vegetation along edge of river.
Other odes seen today included most of the "regular" dragons that have been seen here recently this summer:  
Common Green Darner (8)
Giant Darner (1)
Blue-eyed Darner (3)
Serpent Ringtail (5)
*Western River Cruiser Macromia magnifica  (2) [last report 2013]
Blue Dasher (6)
Western Pondhawk (2)
Flame Skimmer (30+)
Red Rock Skimmer (10, including ovipositing females)
Black Saddlebags (1)
Desert Firetail
CA/Aztec Dancers
Vivid Dancers
Sooty Dancers
Black-fronted Forktail
Bluets species
…….
Humboldt County
Tony Vanderkamper
Van Duzen River
Anax junius, all I saw, but lots of them. Dozens patrolling up and down the river. As if they've either driven the other species out or eaten up the competition.
 
August 23, 2013
San Joaquin County
Matthew Dodder

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Mateca, making sure they treated my father in law like the super-dad he is. They obliged for the most part, but didn't seem eager to let me explore the drainage behind the hospital with binoculars. A security guy on a bike told me to leave...

But before I left I spotted a few Odes:

Common Green Darner (abundant) 

Blue-eyed Darner (1)

Black Saddlebags (2)

Variegated Meadowhawk (4)

…….
Monterrey County

Julie Bannister Chen

Salinas

Common green darner
 
August 19, 2013
Humboldt County
Tony Westkamper
Van Duzen River
Walker’s Darner –female perching up high in a tree, easily 3 or 4 meters
 
August 18, 2013
Bernardino County 
Brian Daniels
Whitewater River Preserve to Twentynine Palms and then back to the San Jacinto Wildlife Area. 
Roseate Skimmer Orthemis ferruginous  - male at the 29 Palms Inn in Twentynine Palms CA Chart #98, OC# 403302

Flame Skimmers 1 or 2

The Whitewater River Preserve

Flame Skimmer, 25

Common Green Darner, 4

Blue-eyed Darner, 15

Red Rock Skimmer, 4

White-belted Ringtail, 3

Blue Dasher, 1

Vivid Dancer, 1

unidentified damsels, 20 or so

One trail (less than 100 meters) between ponds at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area was very active (wind sheltered area)

Blue-eyed Darners, 10

Common Green Darners, 5

Variegated Meadowhawks, 20

Red-tailed Pennants, 2

Blue Dashers, 20

Western Pondhawks, 5

Spot-winged Gliders, 5

Black Saddlebags, 50

Red Saddlebags, 4

Flame Skimmers, 10

 
August 18, 2013
Lassen County
Doug Danforth
Ash Creek Campground
*River Bluets Enallagma anna- [last report 2013]
 
August 17, 2013
San Diego County

Jay Keller

Lakeside

Pacific Forktail - photographed

Otay Valley

Common Green Darner – photographed in flight, another photo

Grantville

Pacific Forktail – male photographed

 
August 16, 2013
Santa Clara County
Brooke A. Miller
Stevens Creek Trail, north of 101
Black-fronted Forktail
…….
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson
Santa Ynez River
Looked for 8-spot again, couldn’t find it, did find
California/Aztec Dancer - male
Giant Darner – male, my first
Western Pondhawk – female
Serpent Ringtail - male
…….
Santa Clara County
Matthew Dodder and friend Brian

Matadero Creek, today during lunch. We found the following species along the channel beside the creek, as well as in the marsh:

Cardinal Meadowhawk (3)

*Red-veined Meadowhawk Sympetrum madidum (1) [last report 2013]

Variegated Meadowhawk (8)

Blue-eyed Darner (6)

Common Green Darner (6)

*Eight-spotted Skimmer Libellula forensis (1) [last report 2013]

 
August 14, 2013
Santa Clara County
Brooke A. Miller
Stevens Creek Trail, north of 101
Vivid Dancer
Black-fronted Forktail
Blue-eyed Darner
…….
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson
a 5 mile stretch of the upper Santa Ynez River
Before heading out, I looked at Google Maps and tried to identify all areas that still had water.
I visited eight spots (no pun!) in the four hours I was present (noon--4pm). Temps ranged from 89-100 degrees F.
The highlight was a first county Eight-spotted Skimmer, a male that was photographed several hundred yard upriver of the first river crossing.
Flame Skimmer
-- 52
Blue-eyed Darner
-- 3
Common Green Darner -- 1
Western River Cruiser
-- 5
Gray Sanddragon
-- 3
Eight-spotted Skimmer
Libellula forensis – 1 male photographed, CA Chart #120, OC# 403130
Serpent Ringtail -- 1 male
Giant Darner
-- 2
Western Pondhawk
-- 10 (9 of which were males)
Desert Firetail
-- 5
California/Aztec Dancer
-- 20+
Vivid Dancer -- 20+
Lavender Dancer
-- 1
Sooty Dancer
-- 25
Pacific Forktail
-- 1 male
Bluet sp
. -- 50+
The last three stops produced very little, which surprised me very much as these spots are usually very productive.
In the past couple of weeks, I've seen several River Cruisers here along with other species.
Even though it was still very warm, it was close to 4 pm; have you noticed that in hot places odes become less active as the afternoon wears on?
…….
Sacramento County
Tim Manolis and Leslie Flint 
American River section near the High School.  
We were looking for Olive Clubtail. We shook the trees and bushes and walked quite a bit, 
Common Green Darners - at least 2 pairs in wheel, 
*Widow Skimmers Libellula luctuosa - several [last report 2013]
bluets galore.  
Tim had seen only Olive Clubtail exuvia and no flying adults at all yet this year.  When we found another clubtail exuvia, I think Tim hoped I would be happy with that.  
Well I thought maybe too early or too dry or another year perhaps.  
So just as we had turn around to go back to the car, there one was just one foot above the ground about 10 feet away.  It stayed a moment and then flew off over the river! 
Olive Clubtail Stylurus olivaceus  – Tim’s first one seen flying this year. [last report 2013] 
 
August 13, 2013
Marin County

Len Blumin

pond behind the Tiburon Library, just past Mar West. Good parking, and excellent viewing spots for watching and photography.

The expected species were present and could be viewed closely in good light, including:

Blue-eyed Darner (2-3)

Common Green Darner (1-2, flight only)

Black Saddlebags (1, flight only)

Variegated Meadowhawks (3-4, including a tandem pair ovipositing)

Cardinal Meadowhawk (6-8)

Flame Skimmer (8-10)

Eight-spotted Skimmer (102)

Damselflies - several, unidentified, mostly staying well within the vegetation to avoid predation.

Video of the Blue-eyed Darner cleaning his eyes: http://youtu.be/gmORCMyErdM or http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/9508545597/in/photostream/?likes_hd=1

…….

Santa Clara County

Matthew Dodder

Matadero Creek, Palo Alto, 2 pm

I did a quick tour on the east side of Hwy 101. This section is also called Mayfield Slough. Activity was much higher than a week ago, perhaps because much of the habitat on the west side of the highway has been cleared of vegetation.
Common Green Darner
Blue-eyed Darner
Flame Skimmer
Cardinal Meadowhawk
Variegated Meadowhawk
Black Saddlebags

…….

Siskiyou County

Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball

Cedar Lake below Gumboot Lake

Not too many odes or leps, but beautiful

*shadow darner Aeshna umbrosa [first report 2013]

*variable darner Aeshna interrupta [last report 2013]

saffron-winged Meadowhawk

striped Meadowhawk

band-winged Meadowhawk Sympetrum semicinctum – [last report 2013]

emerald sp

damsels – various species

…….
San Diego County

Lakeside

Jay Keller

Black Saddlebags - photographed

 

August 12, 2013
Santa Clara County
Leslie Flint and Diane, one of the participants on the Dazzling Dragonflies class at Pt Reyes. 
Since we both live on the SF Peninsula, we decided to spend the afternoon exploring the Skyline ponds. Generally it was very slow. Few Odes out and about. 
First we went to the Monte Bello Gate 5 pond 
Striped Meadowhawk - 10+ 
Common Green Darner 5+
Blue-eyed Darner 5+
Black Saddlebags - 1
Flame Skimmer - 2
Cardinal Meadowhawk - 1
Eight-spotted Skimmer - 1
Spreadwing sp. (too quick for us to get a good look)
…
San Mateo County
Horseshoe Pond 
Spent a lot of time with damsels and since we weren't catching....
California Dancer - 1+
Northern/Boreal Bluet - 5+
Tule/Arroyo Bluet - 5+
Flame Skimmer - 2
Common Green Darner
Blue-eyed Darner
Western Pondhawk
Blue Dasher (plus one female at the pond itself)
…
Santa Cruz County
Ended up at Long Ridge OSP pond
Desert Firetail - 10+
Pacific Forktail - 10+
Blue-eyed Darner (one perched right in front of us)
…….
San Luis Obispo County
Peter Gaede
Salinas River at Highway 58 east of the town of Santa Margarita I found. The river channel is relatively narrow here, about 30 wide and maybe 4 feet deep.
 The river begins at Santa Margarita Lake a short distance away, approximately 7 miles to the south. 
Western River Cruisers – two - These observations fill a gap between records to the north in Monterey County and the recent records from about a month ago to the south in 
Santa Barbara County. OC# 402974
 
August 11, 2013
 San Mateo County

Karen DeMello

Afternoon - Alpine Pond at Skyline Ridge OSP

Black Saddlebags (including a tandem pair)

Widow Skimmer

Flame Skimmer

Cardinal Meadowhawk

Blue Dasher
Western Pondhawk

Aeshna sp. Darner (oh if only I had a good camera -- it was resting on a reed!)

Common Green Darner

Of course there were damselflies too, but we were chatting and I did not pay them the attention they deserved. 

…….

Mendocino County

Sandra Hunt-von Arb

South Fork of the Eel River, Frank and Bess Smithe Redwood Grove, in northern part of Mendocino, Co.,

A lot of ode activity there,

Sooty Dancers- Thanks to both Cary Kerst and Dennis Paulson for describing the blue form of the Sooty Dancer female- I think I saw my first two- Here is the photograph.

Flame skimmer

Emma's Dancer

*Northern Buet Enallagma annexum (in hand) [last report of 2013]

River Cruiser

Walker's Darners (probably this species - none of which would go in my net- but with the overall white/light looking thorax stripes and face along with paddle type appendages, and typical behavior, I'm pretty sure that's what they were).

…….
San Diego County

Jay Keller

Tijuana River Valley

Black Saddlebags - photographed

Common Green Darner - photographed

Variegated Meadowhawk - photographed

…….
Imperial County
BJ Stacey

Lindo Lake

Desert Firetail
Black Saddlebags
 
August 10, 2013
Marin County
Sandra Hunt-von Arb, Leslie Flint & Pt. Reyes Field Institute Class unt-von H
71649753@N07/9491047532/">   (IH= in hand)
At the Red Barn 
Darner sp.
Cardinal Meadowhawk
spot-winged gliders. 
We spent 2.5hours at the Five Brooks Pond- 
Arroyo Bluet (IH)- few in wheel
Pacific Forktail (IH)
Blue-eyed darner (M&F IH)
Eight-spotted Skimmer
Western Pondhawk (IH)
Blue Dasher
Cardinal Meadowhawk (IH)
Striped Meadowhawk
Black Saddlebags
Spot-winged Glider
Pacific Spiketail!! (IH!!!)
Surprising was the lack of any Flame skimmers and the almost absent damselflies- about a dozen Arroyo Bluets (2 IH), and TWO pacific forktails-- That's It!
…….
San Diego County
Bert Veurink (The Netherlands)
La Jolla
Spot-winged Glider Pantala hymenaea – male photographed, female photographed
…
BJ Stacey
District Wetland—Niland
Comanche Skimmer
…….
Imperial County
BJ Stacey

Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR HQ

Widow Skimmer

Roseate Skimmer
…….

Inyo County

Ron & Barbara Oriti

west side of Owens Dry lake

Comanche Skimmers

Flame Skimmers

Desert Whitetails

Black Saddlebags

Spot-winged Gliders

Western Pondhawks

Blue Dashers

*Hoary Skimmer Libellula nodisticta [last report 2013]

Variegated Meadowhawk

Common Green Darner

Mosaic Darners, probably Blue-eyed

Blackrock Wetlands

Common Green Darners

Mosaic Darners

Western Pondhawks

Blue Dashers

8-Spotted Skimmers

Variegated Meadowhawks

Band-winged Meadowhawks

Black Saddlebags 

 
August 9, 2013
Alameda County

Matthew Dodder

Arroyo Del Valle, Pleasanton

Common Green Darner

Blue-eyed Darner

Blue Dasher

Bluet species

Val Vista Park (windy)

Cardinal Meadowhawk

Common Green Darner

Blue-eyed Darner

*Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia [last report 2013]

…….

Humboldt County

Tony Westkamper

Van Duzen River

Western River Cruisers

Gray Sanddragon

Buffalo snaketail

variegated meadowhawk

Sooty Dancer

I did not see the Walker's female today.

…….
Mono County
Ron & Barbara Oriti

Fish Slough

Black Saddlebags - few

Flame Skimmers - few

Variegated Meadowhawks - few

Band-winged Meadowhawks - few

Blue Dashers - few

Mosaic Darners, sp. - few

Bleached Skimmers  - a couple

 
August 8, 2013
Mariposa County
Hugh Ranson
Tuolumne River, Yosemite
Common Green darner  -- 1
Spreadwing sp. -- 1
Variable Darner sp  -- 8   (3 photos of female in folder--darner #2) 
…
Mono County
Whitmore Hot Springs (Mono)
Desert Whitetail -- 8
Saffron-winged Meadowhawk -- 1 (imm, photo in folder)
Variegated Meadowhawk -- 1
Dancer, Paiute?  -- 1 imm. male (2 photos in folder) At first I thought this was a forktail as it was so tiny.
Benton River Crossing (very windy)
Couldn't find any snaketails.
Flame Skimmer -- 1
Darner sp.  --  1
*Alkali Bluet Enallagma anna -- at least three males and three females, including one olive form (3 photos in folder). [last report 2013]
…….
San Diego County
Bert Veurink (The Netherlands)
La Jolla

Neon Skimmer Libellula croceipennis – female photographed

 
August 7, 2013
Mariposa County
Hugh Ranson
Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite (8,600 feet)
*Four-spotted Skimmer Libellula quadrimaculata -- 1 male [last report 2013]
Spreadwing sp.  --   2 (photo in folder--ideas?)
Darner sp. -- c.10 flying in clearing in pines. One female (2 photos--darner #1-- in folder.) My best guess is Paddle-tailed based on T-spot, location.
Striped Meadowhawk -- 1
Common Green Darner -- 1
…
Mono County
De Chambeau Ponds
Only had 1/2 hour at this fabulous spot due to family remaining in sweltering car. Definitely want to go back when I have more time.
Bleached Skimmer -- 1 male (photo in folder) 
Variegated Meadowhawk  -- c. 10
Flame Skimmer -- c. 20
Western Pondhawk -- 2
Darner sp. -- 6
Black Saddlebags -- 5
Western Forktail -- 1
Pacific Forktail -- 1
Bluet sp. -- many
Eight-spotted Skimmer -- 10+
…….
San Diego County
BJ Stacey
Palomar Mtn SP--Doane Pond
Bluets 
Western Pondhawk
Blue Dasher
 
August 6, 2013
Mono County 
Hugh Ranson
Convict Lake
Saffron-winged Meadowhawk – female photographed
…….
San Diego County
BJ Stacey
House – Santee
Blue Dasher
 
August 5, 2013
Siskiyou County
Dave & Kathy Biggs, Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball
We went to Juanita Lake in hopes of finding the Canada Darner (last year we’d found a female emerging). We weren’t disappointed. In fact, we weren’t disappointed at all! We also found the first Autumn Meadowhawk of the year and 21-22 species. 
Juanita Lake is just south of Meiss Lake (off Hwy 97) but at a higher elevation.
Northern Spreadwing – 1 male, (in hand ID), the ONLY spreadwing seen!!
*Western Red Damsel Amphiagrion abbreviatum – 2 females seen poorly [last report 2013]
No/Bo Bluet – a few, some others probably this species
Tule Bluet – 1 male, (in hand ID), quite a few others probably this species
Bluet sp – some, not plentiful though

Pacific Forktail – a few

Western Forktail – a few

*California Darner Rhionaeschna californica (in hand ID) – many [last report 2013]
Blue-eyed Dancer (in hand ID) – many
**Canada Darner Aeshna canadensis (1 male in hand) – a 2nd seen was probably this species; others possibly this species. New early flight date by 6 days. This species is rare in California. [this was the only report for 2013]
Paddle-tailed Darner (1 male in hand ID) 
Darner sp – 100s
Eight-spotted Skimmer – a few
Twelve-spotted Skimmer – many                                     
Widow Skimmer – 1 male
Variegated Meadowhawk – many
Saffron-winged Meadowhawk – many
*White-faced Meadowhawk Sympetrum obtrusum – several [last report 2013]
Striped Meadowhawk – several
Red-veined Meadowhawk – perhaps this species, awaiting photo proof
Band-winged Meadowhawk
White-faced Meadowhawk – several
*Autumn Meadowhawk Sympetrum vicinum – 3 young/teneral females
Black Saddlebags – 1 male
Thompson Ranch, Weed – this ranch has had Canada Darners in the past
5:30 – VERY windy
Common Green Darner
Pacific Spiketail
 

August 4, 2013

Riverside County

Peter Siminski

Dos Palmas Oasis and Fish Ponds, Dos Palmas Preserve; Elev. -100’; 7:10-12:20, 75-100F, 15% cirrus, calm to gentle breeze SW.

Powdered Dancer, Argia moesta 1

Blue-ringed Dancer, A. sedula 2

Desert Forktail, Ischnura barberi 1

Rambur’s Forktail, I. ramburii 8

Common Green Darner, Anax junius 5

Red-tailed Pennant, Brachymesia furcata 3

Western Pondhawk, Erythemis collocata >55 including one teneral and one female ovipositing.

Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis >65

Comanche Skimmer, Libellula comanche 18

Flame Skimmer, L. saturata 2

Roseate Skimmer, Orthemis ferruginea 5

Marl Pennant, Macrodiplax balteata >35

Red Saddlebags, Tramea onusta 9 including one tandem pair.

Black Saddlebags, T. lacerata >50 including one teneral and four tandem pairs.

Spot-winged Glider, Pantala hymenaea 2

Note: More young leopard frogs (Lithobates berlandieri) then I have seen here before. Two were eating odes.

 

August 3, 2013

Siskiyou County
Dave & Kathy Biggs, Celise Sharpe & Dennis Ball
Pondosa, off Hwy 89, extreme SE corner of Siskiyou County; mild temps and breeze, slight overcast (no smoke)
CA/AZ Dancer
Vivid Dancer

No/Bo Bluet

Tule Bluet (in hand)

Black-fronted Forktail – 1 male in hand

Pacific Forktail

Western Forktail

Blue-eyed Darner

Common Green Darner

Pacific Spiketail

Western Pondhawk

Eight­-spotted Skimmer – 1 male

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Variegated Meadowhawk

*Cherry-faced Meadowhawk Sympetrum internum [last report 2013]

White-faced Meadowhawk -1 male

Black Saddlebags

……..

Santa Clara County
Leslie Flint  and friends
Did a hike today around Foothill Park Pond  with birding/odeing friends. We found 13 species:
Common Green Darner
Blue Eyed Darner
Eight-spotted Skimmer
Widow Skimmer
Flame Skimmer
Western Pondhawk
Blue Dasher
Black Saddlebags
Variegated Meadowhawk
Red-veined Meadowhawk
Bluet sp.
California Dancer
Pacific Forktail
Amazingly no Cardinal Meadowhawks or Vivid Dancers or Common Whitetails!
……..
Humboldt County
Tony Westkamper
Van Duzen River
*Walker’s Darner Aeshna walkeri – female photographed!! 
…….
Monterey County
Cricket and Matthrew Dotter
Arroyo Seco Campground and Day Use Area . What a great place that is! Only one of the two lakes currently has water however, so Ode numbers were lower than expected.
Most species were seen along the rocky creek.
Sooty Dancer (many)
Emma's Dancer (5)
Flame Skimmer (1)
Red Rock Skimmer (many)
"Mosaic" Darner sp. (1)
Pale-faced Club Skimmer (2-3)
…….
Imperial County
BJ Stacey and Jay Keller
Yuha Cutoff Canals south end of Imperial County near the Mexican border
*Brimstone Clubtail Stylurus intricatus - observed and photographed a pair in a wheel [ONLY report 2013]
Russet-tipped Clubtail Stylurus plagiatus http://www.flickr.com/photos/71649753@N07/9433889924/in/set-72157634646205354
White-belted Clubtail
Powdered Dancer
New River Wetlands
Russet-tipped Clubtail – male photographed
Mexican Amberwing – female photographed
Comanche Skimmer – female photographed
Roseate Skimmer - female photographed
Widow Skimmer – male photographed
Western Pondhawk – photographed with prey
Blue Dasher – female photographed
Rambur’s Forktail – male, mature female and immature female photographed
Desert Forktail – male photographed
Rambur’s Forktail
White-belted Ringtail
Familiar Bluet
Sunbeam Lake
Blue-ringed Dancer – male photographed
Roseate Skimmer
Blue Dasher
Calixico
Powdered Dancer – male photographed
……
San Diego County
BJ Stacey
Lindo Lake
Blue Dasher
 
August 2, 2013
Shasta County
Dave & Kathy Biggs
We took some time to explore the Sacramento River between Sim's Campground (south of Castella) to Dunsmuir. 
We found aggregates of Green Darners feeding at most locations, mostly on the river, but some river areas had none. Some darners were over fields and I-5. 
Sim's Campground
California Dancer (in hand ID) - ~4, assumed all same species
Sooty Dancer - 1
No/Bo Bluet - 1
Common Green Darner - many
Aeshna sp. - 1
Pacific Spiketail - 1 m
Twelve-spotted Skimmer - 1
Variegated Meadowhawk - 1f ovipositing
Castle Crags Picnic Area
Common Green Darners - ~50 - most looking like females or imm. males
…
Siskiyou County
Our Dragonfly Roost pond in McCloud area
Common Green Darner - 2, where there had been none up until today
Twelve-spotted Skimmer - 1 male
Cardinal Meadowhawk - 1 male yesterday
…….
Imperial County
Jay Keller

New River Wetlands

Desert Forktail, male

Rambur's Forktail, male, female

Western Pondhawk (with prey)

Comanche Skimmer, female

Mexican Amberwing, female

Blue Dasher, male

Widow Skimmer, male

Sunbeam Lake

Blue-ringed Dancer, male

Calexico

Powdered Dancer, male

Russet-tipped Clubtail, male

Roseate Skimmer, female

…….

Sacramento County

Tim Manolis

American River

*Olive Clubtail Stylurus olivaceus - exuviae found, but no fliers

 
July
 
July 31, 2013
San Bernardino County 
Bert Veurink (The Netherlands)
Big Morongo Canyon
Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata – female photographed
Vivid Dancer Argia vivida – female photographed
 
July 29, 2013
San Diego County  
Gary Suttle
Poway, Rattlesnake Creek, Old Poway Park (shady parking on Aubrey Street),  11:45-1:00, sunny, light breeze, 77 degrees.
Roseate Skimmer  2 M  
Seldom seen west of the mountains in San Diego County.   First sighting at this location in 5 years of observation, located approximately 6 miles west of a previous sighting at Dos Picos Pond in Ramona on 4-29-13.   
Old Poway Park lies about 15 miles from the coast.   One Roseate Skimmer prefers creekside vegetation just north of the white bridge over the creek.  The other selects creekside perches just south of the northernmost bridge and prickly lettuce stems on the adjacent steep bank east of the creek.  
They occasionally chased one another up and down the creek and then returned to their preferred spots.
Also seen:
Black-fronted Forktail
Vivid Dancer
Cardinal Meadowhawk
Flame Skimmer
Glider sp.
…….
Siskiyou County
Kathy & Dave Biggs
On our way back from Oregon we met a friend at Collier's Rest Stop (I-5 above Yreka). We walked the fence line above the Klamath River and were very disappointed in how few Odes were about.
2 PM, sunny, smoky, still air.
Emma's Dancer - many
California Dancer - a dozen (assumed this species)
Vivid Dancer - 2 dozen, mostly females
NO AMERICAN RUBYSPOTS!!!!!
Eight-spotted Skimmer - ~6
Flame Skimmers - 4-5 inc, one pair in wheel over the parking lot
NO CLUBTAILS!!
  
July 28, 2013 
Lake County
George Chaniot
Tule Lake (39.489304, -123.0353308) in the Mendocino National Forest on Forest Route 19N51 in extreme NW Lake County near Sanhedrin Mountain.
Tule Lake is about 3 acres, and at this time of a dry year consists of a meadow of waist-deep sedges over firm, damp mud with a ring of six-foot bullrushes on the west side.  
I only found several patches of standing water of about 1 square yard apiece.
Northern Spreadwing Lestes disjunctus - a population there were fairly common.  I saw dozens in small area that I walked through.  
All were males sitting in the sedges, and all looked rather uniform in close-focus binoculars at close range.  
I caught several by hand, and I have put several pictures in this folder in the CalOdes Photos section:  
<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CalOdes/photos/album/1508391030/pic/list>
Thanks to Kathy Biggs for confirming the ID. CA Chart #128, OC# tbd
  
July 27, 2013
Bert Veurink (The Netherlands)
San Julian Road
Cardinal Meadowhawk Sympetrum illotum – male photographed
…….
Imperial County

BJ Stacey

Holtville-BLM Hot Springs
Bluets
Paiute Dancer
Blue-ringed Dancer
White-belted Ringtail
 
July 26, 2013
Humboldt County
Tony Westkamper
Van Duzen River
Sooty Dancers, many inc. a blue form female
Bison Snaketails, a few
Western River Cruisers, couple 
Gray Sanddragon (Whose markings are decidedly not gray, but bordering on dull orange)  
…….
Monterrey County 
Bert Veurink (The Netherlands)
Julian Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Blue-eyed Darner Rhionaeschna multicolor– male photographed
Cardinal Meadowhawk Sympetrum illotum – male photographed
…….
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson
one and a half hours in the Red Rock area mid-afternoon. It was quite windy and warm (mid-80s). I visited 3 spots:
Pool at Red Rock trailhead
Western River Cruiser  2
Gray Sanddragon    1
Pool just downstream from Red Rock day use area
Western River Cruiser   at least 3
Giant Darner 2
Common Green Darner  3
Flame Skimmer   5
Western Pondhawk a female. This is the first time I've seen this species in this area.
Gray Sanddragon  3
Sooty Dancer  15
Bluet sp. 10
Serpent Ringtail  1 female, I think (see note at end of post)
Pool above river crossing
Gray Sanddragon    1
Western River Cruiser  1 or 2
Sooty Dancer  3
The presumed female Serpent Ringtail was in brush away from the water. I placed 3 photos in a folder called "Serpent Ringtail." I haven't been able to find many photos of females online, so confirmation would be appreciated.
  
July 25, 2013 
Santa Barbara County 

Nick Lethaby

I followed up Hugh Ranson’s W. River Cruiser sightings in the Red Rock area along the Upper Santa Ynez River this PM for about an hour and a half.

Amazingly for a species that had not been definitely recorded in the county until two days ago, it was one of the commonest dragonflies.

The river was virtually all dry with occasional large pools in some deeper sections. My guess is that these conditions concentrated the WR Cruisers while reducing the numbers of many other species, especially damselflies and Red Rock Skimmers (this one was absent).

Sooty Dancer – 8

Cal/Aztec Dancer – 6

C. Green Darner – 2

Giant Darner – 1

W. River Cruiser – 9+

Serpent Ringtail – 2

Gray Sanddragon – 3

Blue Dasher – 1-2

Flame Skimmer 12+

It will be interesting to see how easy the WRCs are to see in future years when there is more water.

…….
Marin County 
Bert Veurink (The Netherlands)
Tiburon 
Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum – female photographed

…….

Mono County

Ron & Barbara Oriti   

Fish Slough

Black Saddlebags – several

Flame Skimmers – several

Hoary Skimmers – some

Variegated Meadowhawks – some

 
July 24, 2013 
San Diego County
BJ Stacey
Banner Grade
Red Rock Skimmer
Blue Dasher
Flame Skimmer
National City--Greenwood Cemetery
Red-tailed Pennant
Blue Dasher
Pacific Forktail
Santee Lakes
Mexican Amberwing 
Blue Dasher 
Red-tailed Pennant 
Pacific Forktail 
Familiar Bluet
La Jolla Indians Campground
American Rubyspot 
Sooty Dancer 
Vivid Dancer 
Pale-faced Clubskimmer 
…….
Mono County
Ron & Barbara Oriti
River Spring

*Black Meadowhawks Sympetrum danae - Lots  [last report 2013]

Blue-eyed Darners - Lots 

Paddle-tailed Darners  - Lots 

Saffron-winged Meadowhawks - Some

Flame Skimmers - Some

Hoary Skimmers - Couple

8-spotted Skimmers - Couple

4-spotted Skimmers- Couple

Variegated Meadowhawks - Couple

Benton Crossing......

*Great Basin Snaketails Ophiogomphus morrisoni - some [last report 2013]

Cherry-faced Meadowhawks  - some

Saffron-winged Meadowhawks  - some

Mosaic Darners, sp.  - some

  
July 23, 2013 
San Diego County 

Doug Aguillard and BJ Stacey

We went looking for some uncommon County Odes. Starting on the San Luis Rey river below Mt. Palomar

Sooty Dancers (rare in the County), a large number

Vivid Dancers, a few

Flame Skimmer, one

Pale-faced Clubskimmers, several

Then it was towards Julian, to a known location for Black Spreadwings and Red-veined Meadowhawks.(both extreme rarities),only to find that the small wetland that they are found at- completely dried up.

Down the Banner Grade, to the east of Julian along a creek, and BJ found

Red Rock Skimmer, one

Flame Skimmer, one

Blue Dashers several

We then ventured to the coastline and to Greenwood Cemetery in San Diego and found 2

Red-tailed Pennants, 2

Blue Dashers, several

Mexican Amberwing, one

Pacific Forktails, a few

…….
Santa Barbara County 
Hugh Ranson
two hours along the Santa Ynez River along Paradise Road. 91 to 95 degrees F. 
I saw several large, very fast moving dragons that had me puzzled, and I finally began to suspect they were Western River Cruisers, a species hitherto unrecorded in the county, 
I saw a minimum of five individuals at three locations along the river. I managed to procure one poor photo [photo shows the necessary ID marks – kb, tm].
Western River Cruiser Macromia magnifica  5+ CA Chart #120, OC# 402110
*Serpent Ringtail Erpetogomphus lampropeltis 1 seen very well (and photographed) just upriver from the first river crossing.
Gray Sanddragon  2
Flame Skimmer 30
Sooty Dancer 15
Vivid dancer 30
CA/Aztec Dancer 6
Bluet sp.  20
 
July 22, 2013 
Siskiyou County 
Kathy & Dave Biggs, Tim & Annette Manolis
Pumice Stone Well in the Medicine Lake Highlands/Harris Springs Area
The water was mostly confined to the main pond, but a few areas nearby held a little water. Windy.
Northern Spreadwing – few, 2 males in-hand
*Emerald Spreadwing Lestes dryas – some, a male & a female in-hand [last report 2013]
*Lyre-tipped Spreadwing  Lestes unguiculatus – 2 males in-hand [ONLY report 2013]
*Boreal Bluet Enallagma boreale – few, a male in-hand [last certain report 2013]
Western Forktail – few, males in-hand, NO females seen!!
Variable Darner – some, several males & females in-hand
Common Green Darner – few
*Mountain Emerald Somatochlora semicircularis – 20-30, several in-hand; maybe twice that # floating dead  [last report 2013]
No American Emeralds seen – usually 3 out 4 emeralds at Pumice Stone Well are Americans!
*Dot-tailed Whiteface Leucorrhinia intacta – a dull female seen, another whiteface male seen, perhaps this species [last report 2013]
12-spotted Skimmer – 1 male
Variegated Meadowhawk – 1-2
Striped Meadowhawk – some, a male & a female in-hand; many seen taking ‘maiden flight’
Also seen: a Bald Eagle, Long-toed Salamander pups, Fairy Shrimp and tons of Chorus Froglets & pollywogs
We had looked for Pygmy Short-horned Lizards at nearby Grasshopper Flat but didn’t find any – probably already too hot out.
…….
Mariposa County 
Bert Veurink (The Netherlands)
Yosemite- near Vernal Falls
Pacific Spiketail - Cordulegaster dorsalis – male photographed
…
Tuolumne County
Moccasin 
Spot-winged Glider - Pantala hymenaea – female photographed
 
July 21, 2013 
San Diego County

BJ Stacey

Sandia Creek
Familiar Bluet
July 20, 2013 
Sacramento County

Matthew Dodder

Cosumnes River Preserve

Blue-eyed Darner

Common Green Darner (very common)

Widow Skimmer

Black Saddlebags

Spot-winged Glider (dozens)

Variegated Meadowhawk (abundant)

Blue Dasher (dozens)

Pacific Forktail

…….

Shasta County 
Kathy & Dave Biggs, Celise Sharp & Dennis Ball, Dennis Deck
During the Lassen Butterfly Count, Cold Boiling & Crumbaugh Lakes
Spreadwing sp – few

No/Bo Bluet – some

Common Green Darner – few

Variable Darner – several in-hand

*American Emerald Cordulia shurtleffii – one male in-hand [last report 2013]

Mountain Emerald – one female in-hand

*Ringed Emerald Somatochlora albicincta – one male in-hand – this species has been found in the park once before at nearby Summit Lake. [ONLY report 2013]

Emerald sp – many flying at both lakes. This is the only site, other than Gumboot Lake, in CA that I know of that has all three Emeralds!!

*Crimson-ringed Whiteface Leucorrhinia glacialis – ABUNDANT – easily over a thousand and lots of pairs ‘in-wheel’ [last report 2013]

*Hudsonian Whiteface Leucorrhinia hudsonica  – a few [last report 2013

White-faced Meadowhawk – 4-5, two in-hand at Crumbaugh Lake

Interesting was that there were NO 4-spotted or 12-spotted Skimmers, nor any other Meadowhawks, although the lakes were teeming with Whitefaces.

…

*Black Petaltail Tanypteryx hageni was reported by Ray Bruun & Rob Santry, who were at Spencer Meadows during the count and 3 others by Paul Johnson who was elsewhere. [last report 2013]

 
July 19, 2013 
Mono County
Leslie Flint
Benton Crossing 
Saffron-winged Meadowhawk …but there was absolutely nothing else there! As I was leaving I saw a small damsel and got a terrible shot of an 
Emma's Dancer!
…
Alpine County
Grass Lake (mostly grass, not much lake) on Hwy 89 near Luther Pass
White-faced Meadowhawks (30+); many in wheel 
Spotted Spreadwings – some
…….
San Diego County
BJ Stacey
Santa Margarita Preserve
Pale-faced Clubskimmer
 
July 18/19, 2013 
Los Angeles County
Hugh Ranson
LA River on the 18th  
Wandering Gliders - six 
near the dam at Puddingstone Reservoir in Bonelli Park on the 19th 
Red-tailed Pennant (photo) - one
Black-fronted Forktails - several
bluets - a couple
 
July 18, 2013
Mono County
Leslie Flint
Benton Crossing Road at the Owens River (BC), a river access area just south of there (OW), Fish Sloug,h north of Bishop (FS).
Saffron-winged Meadowhawk - 2 (BC)
*Great Basin Snaketail Ophiogomphus morrisoni 4 (BC) [last report 2013]
Variegated Meadowhawk (several in all locations)
Cherry-faced Meadowhawk (OW) - 4
Flame Skimmer (all locations) 5-10
Hoary Skimmer Libellula nodisticta  (FS) 10 
Black Saddlebags (all locations) 5-10
Western Red Damsel (OW) 1
bluets several, still trying to ID
…….
Santa Barbara County

Hugh Ranson, Peter Gaede, and Nick Lethaby

Zaca Lake. This is the largest natural lake in the county.

Most significant sightings were decent numbers of Widow Skimmer (this is currently the only know regular site in the county) and the first Pacific Spiketail for the San Rafael Mountain range (all previous records were from the Santa Ynez Range).

Vivid Dancer – 5+ on Zaca Creek

Arroyo Bluet – 10 confirmed in hand

Northern Bluet – 2 confirmed in hand

Many other bluets seen but all appeared to be Northern/Arroyo types

Pacific Forktail – 20+

Pacific Spiketail - 1 on Zaca Creek

Blue-eyed Darner – 2-3

Blue Dasher – 85+

Widow Skimmer – 8, incl. ovipositing female, highest ever count for Santa Barbara County

Flame Skimmer – 15

Black Saddlebags – 3 males

Other sightings of interest: Black Bear. A large cub feeding on a cow carcass on the entrance.

Butterflies included Satyr Comma, W. Tiger Swallowtail, Lorquin’s Admiral, California Sister, Acmon Blue, California Dogface, and Woodland Skipper

…….
Colusa County 
Bert Veurink (The Netherlands)
Bear Creek 
Black Saddlebags - Tramea lacerata – photographed
Familiar Bluet – Enallagma civile – males photographed
Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum - photographed
Flame Skimmer Libellula saturata – males photographed
Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata – males and females photographed
Western River Cruiser Macromia magnifica – male photographed
Gray Sanddragon Progomphus borealis – pair in cop photographed
Sooty Dancer - Argia lugens – male photographed
American Rubyspot - Hetaerina americana – photographed 
Giant Darner - Anax walsinghami – male photographed
White-belted Ringtail - Erpetogomphus compositus – male photographed
 
July 17, 2013 
Siskiyou County 
Kathy & Dave Biggs, Celise Sharp & Dennis Ball
Orr Lake, near Bray, NE of Weed, off Hwy. 97, & marsh along road into Bray
Emerald Spreadwing – some
*Northern Spreadwing Lestes disjunctus – some
Vivid Dancer – few
No/Bo Bluet – some
Pacific Forktail – few
Western Forktail – some
Common Green Darner – some
Darner Sp. – small and ‘grayish’ – probably a California Darner, one male
Paddle-tailed Darner – two males in hand, others likely this species
Blue-eyed Darner – few
Great Basin Snaketail – some, all were males, most were eating damselflies, inc. one pair in wheel!!
Western Pondhawk – few
Dot-tailed Whiteface – some
Eight-spotted Skimmer – many 
Twelve-spotted Skimmer – some
Four-spotted Skimmer – few
Saffron-­winged Meadowhawk – many
Variegated Meadowhawk – some
*Black Meadowhawk Sympetrum danae – some
Cherry-faced Meadowhawk – some
White-faced Meadowhawk – one male
Band-winged Meadowhawk – many
Striped Meadowhawk – few
Black Saddlebags – few
Not bad – 24 species! 
Also seen:  imm. Bald and Golden Eagles, Red Crossbill pair, Clark’s Nutcrackers, White Pelicans, and scads and scads of Wood Nymph Butterflies (Co. or Gt. Basin)
 …
Tim & Annette Manolis
Shasta Valley Wildlife Area but it was so super-windy there it made ode-watching a challenge.  
But we did see some amazing concentrations of odes collecting in dense concentrations in the lee of stands of trees, etc.  
Band-winged Meadowhawks 100s at the parking lot near the Little Shasta River bridge 
Red-veined Meadowhawks dozens by the office building.  There were actually some of each at both spots, but it was interesting to see that they sorted out a bit by site.  
They were sitting low, to avoid being blown out of the county, so we could walk right up to them.  
Widow Skimmers were abundant, 100s seen, at Bass Lake 
8-spots just a few though.  
Black Saddlebags were everywhere, in the 100s.  We saw lesser numbers of other stuff, like 
Flame Skimmers, 
Blue Dashers, p
Pondhawks
Variegated Meadowhawks, etc.  
…
Terri & Jay Thesken
Upper Boulder Lake, Northern Trinity Alps, just above East Boulder Lake
Black Petaltail – a male photographed, perhaps a new location
….….
Imperial County
Doug Aguillard and BJ Stacey 
Imperial Valley. Really surprised by low numbers of Odes, except for Mexican Amberwings.
Starting at the West Main Canal west of Calexico, we had:
White-belted Ringtail - 1
*Russet-tipped Clubtails Stylurus plagiatus - 2
Mexican Amberwing - 1
Blue-ringed Dancers - 2
American Rubyspot - 1
*Powdered Dancers Argia moesta - 8
Then off to the Holtville Hot Springs
Roseate Skimmers  - 3
Blue Dashers - 20
Widow Skimmers - 2
Western Pondhawks - 4
Familiar Bluets - 6
Powdered Dancers  - 4
New River Wetlands Project
Mexican Amberwings -100+
Widow Skimmers - 10
Black Saddlebags -1
Western Pondhawks – 20+
Blue Dashers – 40+
Rambur's Forktails - 20
Familiar Bluets - 20
Blue-ringed Dancers – 2 
Sunbeam Lake
Widow Skimmers - 3
Western Pondhawks  - 6
Mexican Amberwings - 3
Rambur's Forktails - 4
Blue-ringed Dancers - 2
Familiar Bluets  - 7
Powdered Dancers - 3  …
San Diego County
Flynn Springs County Park ()
Flame Skimmers  - 8-10
Vivid Dancer
…….
Inyo County
Leslie Flint and Ron & Barbara Oriti
Stopped at springs on the west side of Owens Dry Lake (ODL), several spots along Mazourka Canyon Road south of Independence, Black Rock Wetlands, north of Independence and Klondike Lake (KL) and in the late afternoon some ponds/springs just east of Bishop. Ode numbers were low - it was windy and hot
Comanche skimmers (ODL) - 50+ (lifer)
Bleached skimmers (KL) - 20+ (lifer)
Hoary Skimmer (KL) 2-4
Variegated Meadowhawk - several places
Black Saddlebags - numerous in several places
Flame Skimmer - everywhere
Band-winged Meadowhawks (near Bishop)
Desert Whitetail (KL) 4-6
Western Pondhawk - several places
Spot-winged Glider - 50+ (near Bishop)
Blue-eyed Darner - several (near Bishop)
2 female darners posted below that there is still some discussion about seen near Bishop
Western Forktail - 2 - (ODL)
…….
Orange County
Mike Clayton
San Joaquin Marsh

Pacific Forktail

…….
San Francisco County 
Bert Veurink (The Netherlands)
San Francisco (City)
Variegated Meadowhawk - Sympetrum corruptum – photographed
Ft. Point, SF

*San Francisco Forktail - Ischnura gemina - males and females photographed – 51 counted [last report 2013]

Land’s End, SF
Black-fronted Forktail – Ischnura denticollis – photographed – 10 counted
 
July 16, 2013 
Siskiyou County 

Kathy & Dave Biggs, Celise Sharp & Dennis Ball, + MO at Sugar Ranch
Key to our sightings: S=Sugar Creek, Etna, private ranch, quite a bit west of I-5

B=en route to Bolivar Lookout above Callahan

N=Nelson Ranch (Nature Conservancy land) near Big Springs (east of I-5)
American Rubyspot - N
Spreadwing (Lestes) sp
. - S
CA/AZ Dancer
- N
Vivid Dancer
- S, N
Tule Bluet
- S, N
No/Bo Bluet
- S
Pacific Forktail
- S
Western Forktail
- S
Common Green Darner
- S
Darner (Aeshna) sp - green faced, probably Paddle-tailed, at Beaver Pond
- S
Blue-eyed Darner
- S
Bison Snaketail
- S
Great Basin Snaketail
- N @ Shasta Rv.
Pacific Spiketail
- B
Western Pondhawk
- S
Crimson-ringed Whiteface
- S  **This was at only 3100' elevation!! Totally unexpected!!
Eight-spotted Skimmer
- S
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
- S
Flame Skimmer
- S
Widow Skimmer
- S
Common Whitetail
- S
Blue Dasher
- S
Variegated Meadowhawk
- S, N
Cardinal Meadowhawk
- S
*Cherry-faced Meadowhawk Sympetrum internum
- S
*White-faced Meadowhawk Sympetrum obtrusum
- S
Band-winged Meadowhawk
- S
Black Saddlebags
- S, N

A great day! We showed the folks at the Ranch on Sugar Creek 23 species....SWEET indeed, and saw 28 species in all for our day list. The Great Basin Snaketails were lifers for our friends Celise Sharp and Dennis Ball.

…….

Mono County

Leslie Flint

Benton Crossing (at the Owen's River), then Whitmore Hot Springs (WHS) and Leighton Springs (SL) 
Great Basin Snaketail (10) at the Owens River/Benton Crossing Road
Desert Whitetail (100+) (WHS)
Western Pondhawk (10) WHS
Variegated Meadowhawk (10) WHS 
Flame Skimmer - (5) LS
Vivid Dancer (6) LS
…
Inyo County
Leslie Flint, Ron and Barbara Oriti
Bishop area - Owen's River/canal areas late in the afternoon. 
We ran into a swarm of hundreds of dragonflies eating small gnat-like insects and others sitting in the small bushes out of the wind.
Band-winged Meadowhawks 100+
Spot-winged Gliders - 50+
we watched with amazement as a Common Green Darner snatched a Spot-winged Glider out of the air and then tumbled to the ground with it - too heavy? - we were so astonished that the picture I took isn't great but interesting. You can see that the Green is on its head in this pic. Shortly after, the Green recovered and lifted off to the top of the nearby tree to have dinner.
Black Saddlebags - 20+
Blue-eyed Darners - 10+
Variegated Meadowhawks - 10+
Common Green Darner - 10
Variegated Meadowhawk - 20+
 
July 15, 2013 
San Francisco County 
Gert Veurink (from the Netherlands

Ft. Point, near the bridge

San Francisco forktails - dozens
 
July 14, 2013
Imperial County
BJ Stacey 
Sunbeam Lake County Park
Blue Dasher
Mexican Amberwing
 
July 13, 2013 
Colusa County 
Tim Manolis + MO inc. Leslie Flint
Sacramento Audubon fieldtrip to Bear Valley Creek led by Tim Manolis today. A good time was had by all.
Took a little while but we found a great stretch of the creek with good quality water where we had a great variety of Odes.  Giant Darner - 3+ 
Common Green Darner - 6
Western River Cruiser - 1 (lifer for Leslie!!)
Pale-faced Club Skimmer - 1
White-belted Ringtail - 2
Gray Sanddragon - 2 (seen after everyone else had left)
Flame Skimmer - 20-30+
Widow Skimmer - 3-4
Black Saddlebags - 6
Western Pondhawk - 12
Variegated Meadowhawk - 100s
Spot-winged Glider - a few 
California Dancer
Sooty Dancer - many 
Tule Bluet - many
Familiar Bluet
Pacific Forktail 
Western Forktail – about 10
Desert Firetail - 2
American Rubyspot - 2 (after others had left)
…….

Tehama County

Rob Santry, Ray Bruun & Ken A. Wilson

Near Spencer Meadow, Lassen NP

Mountain Emerald Somatochlora semicircularis – http://www.flickr.com/photos/santry/9287702281/sizes/l/in/contacts/ male photographed, CA Chart #55, OC # 410545

…….
Santa Cruz County 
Mike Dame, Eddie Dunbar, Scott Peden
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton Insect Photography Walk & Talk
*Exclamation Damsel Zoniagrion exclamationis – 1 male photographed [last report 2013]
…….

Mendocino County

Ron LeValley

Rancheria Creek along Highway 128

Bison Snaketail

…….
San Francisco County 
Bert Veurink (The Netherlands)
Land’s End, SF
Black-fronted Forktail – Ischnura denticollis – photographed – 10 counted
…….
Imperial County
BJ Stacey
Schrimpf Rd Cove
Blue Dasher
 
July 11, 2013
Imperial County
BJ Stacey
Bard--Living Water Ministries
Powdered Dancer
Picacho SRA
Powdered Dancer
Blue Dasher
Mexican Amberwing
  
July 12, 2013 
Humboldt County 
Hugh Ranson
late morning/early afternoon along the Mad River at Blue Lake yesterday. I saw several lifers.
Upriver from the fish hatchery:
Bison Snaketail 8+ --ph
Western River Cruiser 1--ph
Am. Rubyspot  10+
Emma's Dancer 20+
Western Pondhawk  1
Variegated Meadowhawk  10
I then went to a small, well-vegetated pond formed in an oxbow of the river, about a 1/4 mile upriver from the bridge. I only had half an hour here--wished it had been much longer:
Western Forktail (2)
Pacific Forktail (2)
California Dancer 4+
Emma's Dancer  2 
Twelve-spotted Skimmer 4
Eight-spotted Skimmer  3
Widow Skimmer  3
Common Whitetail  1
Flame Skimmer   4
Variegated Meadowhawk  8
Western Pondhawk  2
Bluet sp. 6
Spreadwing sp (small) 3
Small darner, presumed California 1
Common Green Darner 1
……..
Siskiyou County 

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Soda Springs on Squaw Creek, McCloud

We had hoped to find Hoary Skimmers, but, alas no

Bluet sp. – a few females
Western Forktail – several
Pacific Forktail – a few
Twelve-spotted Skimmer – 3-4
Common Whitetail - MANY
Variegated Meadowhawk 8
Cardinal Meadowhawk – one drop dead super gorgeous male photographed
Black Saddlebags – 1-2 males
Clubtail sp. – quick glance of one on the upper part of the creek, looked the most like a White-belted Ringtail (we’ve never seen a Clubtail here before!)
At their Mt. Shasta Forest, McCloud pond:
No/Bo Bluet – 3 males, a first for the pond. Photos taken, hope to ID later
12-spotted Skimmer – 1 male
…….
Modoc County
Steve Rottenborn 
North Fork of the Pit River, NE of Alturas
*River Jewelwing Calopteryx aequabilis – 1 male (photo taken) [last report 2013]
*Pale Snaketail Octogomphus severus – 1 male (photo taken) [last report 2013]
 
July 11, 2013.
Sierra County
Alex Rinkert 
Highway 49 at Hamlin Creek
*River Bluets Enallagma anna 3 
 
July 10, 2013
San Diego County
BJ Stacey
Mission Trails--Kumeyaay Lake
Pacific Forktail
Santee--Mast Park
Pacific Forktail
Blue Dasher
Mexican Amberwing
  
July 8, 2013 
Mono County
Ron & Barbara Oriti

Benton Crossing

Great Basin Snaketail      

Saffron-winged Meadowhawk  

…….
Orange County
Mike Clayton
San Joaquin Marsh

Variegated Meadowhawk

Spot-winged Glider

 
July 7, 2013 
Humboldt County 

Tony Westkamper

Van Duzen river walk.

Gray Sanddragon

Western River Cruiser

American Rubyspot

Emma's Dancer

Sooty Dancer

…….

Colusa County
Leslie Flint
Bear Creek
White-belted Ringtail a few nice pics of a female that actually perched on a stick instead of on the ground
Common Whitetail a female that wanted to sit in the shade (as did I)
Variegated Meadowhawks all too numerous
…….
Los Angeles County
Sandra Hunt-von Arb
Catalina Island - Four species during a tour!
Wandering glider
flame skimmer
cardinal Meadowhawk
blue type darner
…….
San Diego County
BJ Stacey
Saturn Blvd. & Sunset Ave
Blue-eyed Darner
Hollister Pond
Blue Dasher
……..
Los Angeles County
John Garrett
Santa Anita Canyon trail between Chantry Flat and Winter Creek Trail
Pacific Spiketail – female
 
July 6, 2013 
Plumas County

Matthew Matthiessen & Stan Snyder

Willow Lake

Northern Bluet

Boreal Bluet

Western Forktail

Pacific Forktail

*Sedge Sprite Nehalennia irene (one individual netted and photographed) [ONLY report 2013]

Common Green Darner 

Variable Darner

Pacific Spiketail (seen along the dirt road into Willow Lake)

American Emerald

Four-spotted Skimmer

*Chalk-fronted Corporal Ladona julia [last report 2013]

Hudsonian Whiteface

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Variegated Meadowhawk

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

 
July 5, 2013 
Santa Clara County 
Leslie Flint
Los Gatos Creek Trail
I was hoping to see Western River Cruiser reported by Matthew Dodder last week. I did see an Ode that might have been, cruising close to the edge of the Creek but moved along so quickly, I couldn't be sure. 
Variegated Meadowhawk - dozens
Flame Skimmer - dozens
Widow Skimmer - dozens
Common Whitetail - 2
Western Pondhawk - 10+
Blue Dasher - 10+
Black Saddlebags - 10+
Pale-faced Clubskimmer – female photographed
Common Green Darner - 3
Mosaic Darner - smallish - perhaps California
California Dancers - dozens
Vivid Dancer - a few
Pacific Forktail - 2
…….
Mono County 
Ron Oriti
Fish Slough
*Paddle-tailed Darner Aeshna palmata – male photographed
July 4, 2013 
Marin County
Liam O'Brien 
Bolinas Ridge
Exclamation Damsel 
……. 
San Mateo County
Brooke A. Miller

Went out in the heat of mid-day to look at dragonflies at Alpine Pond at Skyline Ridge OSP in. Found 11 species!

Flame Skimmer

Blue Dasher

Western Pondhawk

Widow Skimmer

Common Whitetail 

Eight-spotted Skimmer

Blue-eyed Darner

Common Green Darner

California Dancer

Familiar Bluet 

Tule Bluet

…….

San Diego County

Ken Wilson

Anza-Borrego SP, Coyote Creek

Roseate Skimmer – photos taken

Flame Skimmer

 
July 3, 2013 
Tehama County
Wilson Lake 
Peter Gaede
*Saffron-winged Meadowhawks Sympetrum costiferum (5 males) were flying on the west side of the lake. 
Many of the same species that I previously reported were seen again, with the addition of 
American Emeralds - few 
Black Saddlebags – one
…….
Orange County
Mike Clayton
Riley WT pond
Neon Skimmer Libellula croceipennis
July 2, 2013 
Santa Barbara County
Hugh Ranson
Rattlesnake Canyon - morning. At the meadow (high above the creek at c. 1500 feet) there were numerous hunting dragonflies at 9 a.m. 
Pacific Spiketails - I saw five in one field of view, but there were obviously many more. Common Green and Blue-eyed/Walker's Darners. 
On the way back down the trail, I saw four more Spiketails, three cruising the creek and one along the trail.
…….
Los Angeles County

Robb Hamilton

West Fork San Gabriel River 
Giant Darner – my first, woah! Not mistaking that one for anything else around here. There were two males at a large pool, at the junction with Bear Creek.
*Grappletail Octogomphus specularis -1 flying around overhead [last report 2013]
Pacific Spiketail – five
American Rubyspot – males and females
 
July 1, 2013
Humboldt County

Tony Westkamper

Van Duzen River (40d 29' 52.11N 123d 59' 49.80"W) It's been a slow couple of weeks lately
Western River Cruisers (2 or more)
Bison Snaketails (saw 2)
California Dancer - female photographed
Sooty Dancer - a very pretty female (Lots of glossy black with some iridescence)
American Rubyspot - 1 male 
Gray Sanddragon – probably this species 
…….
Lassen County
Tim and Annette Manolis

Amadee Hot Springs, near Wendel

This place has possibilities!  Reminds me of the hot springs in Modoc County in the Surprise Valley.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to spend as much time there as I would have liked. 

*Alkali Bluet Enallagma clausum -- one male netted, many other bluets seen probably this, but possibly other species, too.
Great Basin Snaketail

Desert Whitetail -- very common, 30+ seen  (also Common Whitetails, and 12 and 8 spots)

Saddlebags? sp?  -- tantalizing glimpses of a fast-flying patrolling male and a tandem ovipositing pair -- they were reds, not black!  Would be first Lassen County record if Red Saddlebags, but actually not seen well enough to eliminate other possibilities

Big blue-gray skimmer on quick flyby -- possibly Comanche or Bleached, but flew by fast and never returned.

Susan River, Susanville

River Jewelwing Calopteryx aequabilis -- about 8

Great Basin Snaketail -- about 10 seen

……..

Inyo County
Ron & Barbara Oriti      

Glacier Lodge Pond

Cardinal Meadowhawk     

 
 
June
 
June 30, 2013
Santa Clara County
Matthew Dodder
Los Gatos Creek Trail in Campbell
Variegated Meadowhawk
Flame Skimmer 
Blue-eyed Darner
Common Green Darner
Widow Skimmer
Black Saddlebags 
Eight-spotted Skimmer
Blue Dasher
Western Pondhawk
Western River Cruiser
Northern / Boreal Bluet 
California / Aztec Dancer
Pacific Forktail
Spreadwing (species) 
…….
Tehama County
Tim and Annette Manolis

Deer Creek Falls, Highway 32

Grappletail -- 1 male

Pacific Spiketail -- 1 patrolling male

 
June 29, 2013
Sonoma County
Kathy & Dave Biggs + MO
Pepperwood Preserve workshop. Twin Ponds, Franz Valley Rd, north of Santa Rosa (not open to the general public)
Red-veined Meadowhawk - ABUNDANT, MANY in wheel and tandem aerial ovipositing (as opposed to dipping to the water level). Several males, females and one pair in hand.
A female deposited dozens of eggs into a participants hand! I am going to try to hand rear them. The eggs are already showing signs of development!
Black Saddlebags - several, we were able to witness the unique 'tramea dance' ovipositing where the male lets the female drop to the water, then she rejoins him, and they repeat the performance.
Western Pondhawk - many, males and females in-hand
Eight-spotted Skimmer - several males
Blue Dasher - males and females in-hand
Common Whitetail - several males
Glider (Pantala) sp.- possibly Wandering Gliders, seen briefly. This species follows weather fronts and after our rain, we had wondered if we'd see them.
Common Green Darner - 1-3 males seen
Pacific Forktail - few, a male in hand
Western Forktail - some, males and females seen
Desert Firetail - 1 male seen
*Black Spreadwing Lestes stultus - many, males and females in hand [last report 2013]
……
San Diego County
Mark Dreiling
Santee Lakes, 32.85437° N 117.00626° W

Red-tailed Pennant Brachymesia furcata

Mexican Amberwing Perithemis intensa

…

BJ Stacey
Hot Springs Mountain
Vivid Dancer

…….

Santa Cruz County

Janet Ellis

Westlake Park at Majors and Bradley in Santa Cruz

Widow Skimmer

Eight-spotted Skimmer

 
June 28, 2013
Santa Clara County
Matthew Dodder
Charleston Slough (mostly in the forebay below the pump house):
Blue-eyed Darner
Common Green Darner 
Common Whitetail
Variegated Meadowhawk
Spot-winged Glider (really obvious spots)
 
June 27, 2013
Mariposa County

Leslie Flint

I drove to Yosemite and back (ARG) because Matthew Dodder had seen Hudsonian Whiteface (a lifer for me) at a Meadow on Glacier Point Road 37.67370° N 119.65334° W
got there about 10:00; the activity was much lower than Matthew had reported, but there were still quite a few Odes flying.
hesitated to walk out to the middle of the meadow where there was quite a bit of water because there were so many wildflowers, I didn't want to trample. 
stayed near the road where there was a little pond with about a dozen of the Hudsonians, 2-4 Western Red Damsels and a bluet. 
href="http://www.odonatacentral.org/index.php/MapAction.georef/favorite/OC%20Number:%20401016/latitude/37.67370/longitude/-119.65334">One Crimson-ringed Whiteface visited the pond. Many (dozens) Emeralds were flying; I managed a poor picture (still trying to learn to photo flying odes) which show yellow spots on the thorax - so Mountain Emerald as Matthew indicated in his post. [confirmed by Kathy Biggs, Jim Johnson and Tim Manolis).
Mountain Emerald Somatochlora semicircularis – one male photographed, county record CA Chart # 127, OC# 401016
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Shasta County
Peter Gaede
Kings Creek near the Pacific Crest Trail, near the river
Black Petaltail Tanypteryx hageni OC#401378
 
June 26, 2013
Santa Clara County

Leslie Flint

Ogier Ponds - to see if there were any Exclamation Damsels left (not) but did find lots of Pacific Forktails instead.

Flame Skimmer - 10

Widow Skimmer - 6 (one female)

Common Whitetail - 4

Common Green Darner - 6 

Blue-eyed Darner - 10 

Black Saddlebags - 2

Blue Dasher - 2 

Western Pondhawk - 1 mal

Vivid Dancer - many on the path

California Dancer - several

Bluets - didn't get close enough to ID

I didn't stay long as it was blistering hot out there with no shade.

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Matthew Dodder

Permanente Creek, between Hwy 101 and Charleston Rd (Google Campus, Mountain View)

Flame Skimmers  (6- males, females, and ovipositing)

Cardinal Meadowhawk (2males)

Widow Skimmer (1 male)

Blue-eyed Darner (1 male)

Common Green Darner (1 female)

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Orange County
Mike Clayton
Coto Golf Course
Mexican Amberwing
Red-tailed Pennant
Western Pondhawk
Blue Dasher
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San Diego County 
BJ Stacey
Banner Grade
Blue Dasher
Flame Skimmer
Cardinal Meadowhawk
Vivid Dancer
 
June 23, 2013
Humboldt County

Tony Westkamper

Van Duzen River (40d 29' 52.11N 123d 59' 49.80"W)
Western River Cruisers (6 or more)
Bison snaketails are waning (saw 2)
California Dancer 
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Riverside County 
Michael Plank & wife 
Dos Palmas - a great day for us. We have never been on the southern California area before. 
We parked in the parking lot at about 6:00 AM to walk in and were back to car about 12:00. 
The walk out was very hot. took plenty of water and had good shade hats. Eleven new dragonflies for us. Really special. 
Red-tailed Pennant
Mexican Amberwing
Roseate Skimmer
Red Saddlebags
Black Saddlebags
Marl Pennant
Wandering Glider
Blue Dasher
Western Pondhawk
Comanche Skimmer
Bleached Skimmer
Widow Skimmer
Common Green Darner
Blue-ringed Dancer
Citrine Forktail
Rambur's Forktail
…
Los Angeles County
Piru Creek:
Vivid Dancer
Sooty Dancer 
Giant Darner
Gray Sanddragon
Flame Skimmer
Red Rock Skimmer
Variegated Meadowhawk
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Tehama County
Peter Gaede
Wilson Lake
Emerald Spreadwing Lestes dryas – a male photographed. CA Chart #112, OC # 401367
 
June 22, 2013

Mariposa County­­

Matthew & Cricket Dodder

Yosemite

Along South Fork Merced River in Wawona

FLAME SKIMMER, one  

BISON SNAKETAIL one (but that was a lifer!).

a sunny, damp meadow under restoration (shortly before the (Bridal Veil Creek Campground).

HUDSONIAN WHITEFACES (lifer), HUNDREDS

*CRIMSON-RINGED WHITEFACES Leucorrhinia glacialis (lifer

COMMON WHITETAIL very small number

FOUR-SPOTTED SKIMMERS (lifer), hundreds upon hundreds

*Mountain EMERALD Somatochlora semicircularis (lifer), about 6, sight record only CA chart # [note, Leslie Flint went to this site and photographed one of these darners in flight and it has been confirmed as Mt. Emerald! CA Chart #126– kb]

BLUETS (Northern/Boreal?), many hundreds

WESTERN RED DAMSEL (lifer). one

Just outside of the south entrance to the Park, there is a small pond across the street from a bait shot.

VARIEGATED MEADOWHAWK

TWELVE-SPOTTED SKIMMER (lifer, several males)

COMMON WHITETAIL.

Bluets

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Tehama County
Peter Gaede 
Wilson Lake - Not far from Willow Lake in Plumas County (~9 miles SW), and recommended as a stop when visiting Willow. 
Black Petaltail has been found here in June for 3 consecutive years now. This species is most often found along the adjacent forest edge a short distance away from the lake. 
Emerald Spreadwing1 male (ph). Looks like a Tehama County first for this species, but long overdue I'm sure.
Vivid Dancer40.
Boreal Bluet1 male in hand and several other No/Bo's seen.
Black Petaltail1 male.
Chalk-fronted Corporal 20.
Twelve-spotted Skimmer 35.
Four-spotted Skimmer 10.
Dot-tailed Whiteface 75.
Hudsonian Whiteface 3.
Common Green Darner 1
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San Diego County 
BJ Stacey
Agua Dulce Creek
Western Forktail
Anza-Borrego Desert SP--Borrego Palm Canyon
Western Pondhawk
Flame Skimmer
 
June 21, 2013
Sonoma County 
Kathy & Dave Biggs + MO

LEC – Laguna Education Center, Hall Rd, Sebastopol

BNP – Bigsnest Pond, Bloomfield Rd. Sebastopol

Tule Bluet – LEC, in hand

Pacific Forktail – LEC, in hand, BNP

Western Forktail– LEC, BNP

Blue-eyed Darner – LEC, female in hand

Common Green Darner – LEC

Pacific Spiketail - BNP

Western Pondhawk – LEC

Common Whitetail – LEC

Twelve-spotted Skimmer – LEC

Flame Skimmer – LEC, BNP

Blue Dasher - BNP

Cardinal Meadowhawk – LEC, in hand, BNP

Black Saddlebags – LEC

No dragonflies were seen at the Laguna Wetlands Park; there was no water in the ponds

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Santa Cruz County

Alex Rinkert
#Red Saddlebags – two at Westlake Pond early in the afternoon in Santa Cruz
Eight-spotted Skimmer - Kalkar Quarry pond
 
June 20, 2013
Sonoma County 
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Sonoma Horticultural Garden, Sebastopol
Exclamation Damsel – 2 males, end of the season for this species.
Darner sp. – at a great distance
Blue Dasher – male
Note: might have seen a Dot-tailed Whiteface male at our own pond, but that is somewhat outlandish!
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San Mateo County
Alpine Pond
Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata – male photographed, OC#: 400753 – this would have been a county record except an old specimen record was found, pre 2005
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Shasta County
Terry & Jay Theskin and friend
Private pond on Tamlin Pond Road, just east of the rest stop on Hwy. 44 on the way up to Lassen Park
Four-spotted Skimmer
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
 
June 19, 2013
San Luis Obispo County 
Peter Gaede
Western Pondhawk Erythemis collocata – photo record, CA Chart #112, OC#:400716
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Colusa County
Leslie Flint
Bear Creek - The water under the Hwy 20 bridge is still quite high so I went up the road to the Wilbur Hot Springs bridge and then about a mile further to a spot I like because the creek has easy access (lots of cow pies, but little star thistle).
Flame Skimmer - 20+
Black Saddlebags - 4
Variegated Meadowhawk - 100s (along Hwy 20 in the rice fields)
American Rubyspot - 10+
Gray Sanddragon - 1
White Belted Ringtail - 4
Sooty Dancer - 6
Tule Bluet - several
Western Pondhawk - 2
Giant Darner - 1 (at the hot springs bridge)
Pale-faced Clubskimmer - 2
Blue-eyed Darner - 4
Western Forktail - 2
Emma's Dancer - 4
 
June 18, 2013
Sonoma County 
Kathy & Dave Biggs
Bigsnest Pond, Sebastopol backyard
Blue-eyed Darner – a male, plus one other darner that wasn’t blue.
Pacific Spiketail – we had THREE in the yard at the same time! A new record and also the first time we’ve seen them ‘in wheel’ 
Common Whitetail
Flame Skimmer
Cardinal Meadowhawk
Pacific Forktail
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San Diego County 
BJ Stacey
Lindo Lake
Tule Bluet
Mexican Amberwing
 
June 16, 2013
Lassen County 
Michael Plank & wife 
Blue Lake. Beautiful day with lots of sunshine early and then wind and clouds in the afternoon.
We went to find the spiny Baskettail. It took almost all of the four and one half hours that we were there but we did find six males landing in two trees near the Blue Lake Campgrounds. 
Vivid Dancers
Boreal Bluets
Tule Bluets
Pacific Forktails
Western Forktails
Western Red Damsels
Dot-tailed Whiteface
Hudsonian Whiteface Leucorrhinia hudsonica - one red and one yellow female
*Spiny Baskettails Epitheca spinigera [ONLY report 2013]
Four-spotted Skimmers
Eight-spotted Skimmers
Twelve-spotted Skimmers
Variegated Meadowhawks
Blue-eyed Darner
Lots of great birds as well. A great way to spend Fathers day.
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Sierra County
Paul Saraceni
spent several hours wandering through the site of a past forest fire near Calpine (2012, I believe) in Tahoe National Forest on both sides of Hwy 89 near its summit (~5400'), a mile or so south of the Plumas County line. 
It was interesting to observe (and photograph) odonates in this completely dry location. 
Common Green Darners, a couple of high-flying 
Twelve-spotted Skimmers 30+ (2/3 males, 1/3 females/imms.) 
Red-veined Meadowhawks, 20+ all of these appearing to be "yellow" immature males (photos were obtained). 
The skimmers and meadowhawks were primarily perching on and sallying from low clumps of emerging shrubs and piles of fallen branches, below a canopy of live and burned pines. 
On several occasions I noted individuals of the two species interacting over perches.  
The presence of these two particular species together in numbers in the extremely dry locale was interesting to me, but perhaps it's not unusual to those of you who visit such habitats more often than me.
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Sonoma County

Len & Patti Blumin

Spring Lake, Santa Rosa 11 am - 2 pm. Temp about 85, breeze 5-10mph, bright sun.

Western Pondhawk - (1)

Black Saddlebags - 4-5, flight only

Widow Skimmer - (1) - didn't perch long enough for a photo

Eight-spotted Skimmer - 10-15, often jousting with Whitetails.

Common Whitetail - 20-30, all males. (In fact I don't thing we ID'd a single female ode on the circuit, but our eyes are not that sharp).

Unidentified red odes, 2-3, perhaps Flame Skimmers - none perched for an ID.

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Mono County
Tom Hahn 

Dechambeau Ponds

Red Saddlebags - a male photographed

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Sierra County
Brooke A. Miller
Marble Hot Springs Road, Sierra Valley
8-spotted Skimmer

No/Bo Bluet

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Alpine County

Ameet Zaveri

At a pond off Burnside Lake Rd (near Hwy 88). About 7000 feet elevation, nice warm weather.