Monday, 18 May 2015

Dragon chasers!

Today me and Tom met up with Greg Hanisek and set off for a day of searching for one Connecticuts rarest dragonfly's the Ringed Boghaunter. We arrived at our site in Windham County at midday and no sooner than we had stepped out of the car we saw the first of about 6 Ringed Boghaunters. Our target species showed well perched on a dirt track and also low on the trunks of several trees. This early dragonfly we thought would be our only species of the day but we soon spotted several Boreal Bluets, and then a Harlequin Darner perched on a dead tree.
Ringed Boghaunter (Williamsonia lintneri)

Ringed Boghaunter (Williamsonia lintneri)
Harlequin Darner (Gomphaeschna furcillata)

Moving on to the other side of the lake we were in an area of more open water with grassy edges and mixed forest. We soon found many teneral Hudsonian Whiteface and a few females, several Dot-tailed Whiteface, plenty of White Corporals and some Chalk-faced Corporals.
White Corporal (Ladona exusta)
Dot-tailed Whiteface (Leucorrhinia intacta)
We also saw a Painted Skimmer fly past, plus Green Darner,and our finale to our dragonflies for today a superb Stream Cruiser. We also noted several Northern Water Snakes, and butterflies including Pine Elfin, Spicebush Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Spring Azure, Juvenal's Duskywing, Clouded Sulphur and Pearl Crescent.
Stream Cruiser (Didymops transversa)
A great day seeing some top class dragonflies including the rare and localised Ringed Boghaunter.
Thanks Greg.

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