Hunting for Dragons with Greg Lasley, Eric Isley, and Robert Salinas.

After a long semester, I decided to take a day off and spend an entire day looking for critters and other interesting things. Greg graciously offered to show me around Southwest Metro Park, and later Hornsby Bend.

As soon as I got out of my vehicle at SW Metro Park, I met Eric and Robert for the first time, and was treated to several new and exciting dragonflies, for me at least. Banded, Halloween, and Marl Pennants, Eastern Ringtails, and Widow Skimmers were all found and photographed in the first 30 minutes.

Another real treat was to see a Four-striped Leaftail, another first for me, and many Sulpur-tipped Clubtails (I had only ever seen a single female before this).

The odonate diversity was probably the highest I've ever seen in a single site so far in my early 'career' hunting for odonates: I documented 21 species at SW Metro today (6 new species for me), and 12 at Hornsby Bend (one new species for me) later in the afternoon (the weather wasn't very good for odonate hunting later in the afternoon), with only a couple species found at Hornsby that were not at SW Metro. Another new dragonfly for me was the Thornbush Dasher in an old sand pit near Hornsby Bend. Thornbush and Blue Dashers were everywhere in the pit, and I only saw two other dragonflies there: a Roseate Skimmer and a Widow Skimmer.

Overall, this was a wonderful day of nature fun. Thanks very much Greg, Eric and Robert for sharing your knowledge and this site with me!

Posted by beschwar beschwar, May 14, 2016 21:42

Observations

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Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

Several seen in this field, and a mating pair was seen at the northernmost pond.

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Marl Pennant (Macrodiplax balteata)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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Citrine Forktail (Ischnura hastata)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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Banded Pennant (Celithemis fasciata)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

Several were seen in this field, and a few others were seen along the trails.

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Eastern Ringtail (Erpetogomphus designatus)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

Many of these were seen throughout the park.

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Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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Reakirt's Blue (Echinargus isola)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

Somewhat common around the park today, but widely scattered.

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Checkered Setwing (Dythemis fugax)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

These were very common around the park today.

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Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

These were one of the most common and widespread dragonflies today.

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Band-winged Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax umbrata)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

female

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Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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Juniper Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

Quite common around the park today.

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Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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Sulphur-tipped Clubtail (Phanogomphus militaris)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

Many of these were seen throughout the park.

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Black Setwing (Dythemis nigrescens)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

~6 were seen in the park today.

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What

Comet Darner (Anax longipes)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

Only one seen today.

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Spinybacked Orbweaver (Gasteracantha cancriformis)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

Many of these were seen around the park today.

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Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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Four-striped Leaftail (Phyllogomphoides stigmatus)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

Two females were seen today.

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Soapberry Hairstreak (Phaeostrymon alcestis)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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Western Ratsnake (Pantherophis obsoletus)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

Two snakes seen in the park. Both were 35-40" long and very glossy.

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What

Powdered Dancer (Argia moesta)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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What

Bold Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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Texas Oval (Patera roemeri)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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Globular Drop Snail (Helicina orbiculata)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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What

Grassland Liptooth (Daedalochila mooreana)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 2016

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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What

Prairie Rabdotus (Rabdotus mooreanus)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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Decollate Snail (Rumina decollata)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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What

Blue-ringed Dancer (Argia sedula)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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What

Roseate Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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Rambur's Forktail (Ischnura ramburii)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

3 seen during the day.

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What

Floating Primrose-Willow (Ludwigia peploides)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

This is probably Ludwigia peploides, but it could also be Ludwigia hexapetala

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What

Tree Tobacco (Nicotiana glauca)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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What

Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

Many flying around and perching in low weeds.

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What

Thornbush Dasher (Micrathyria hagenii)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

Many flying around and perching in low weeds.

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What

Common Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis gularis)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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What

Checkered Setwing (Dythemis fugax)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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What

Red Saddlebags (Tramea onusta)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

I'm actually not sure that this is a correct ID. Unfortunately, it only perched for a moment - just long enough for me to snap a single photo from too far away, but I think the rear wing pattern might be clear enough for an ID.

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What

Double-striped Bluet (Enallagma basidens)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

There were a lot of these foraging in low flowers in a sandy area. Lots of different stages of maturity, so I took plenty of photos. I think they are quite pretty both in juvenile and mature stages.

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Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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What

Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

Several females seen in this area.

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What

Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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What

Texas Bull Nettle (Cnidoscolus texanus)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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What

Texas Bindweed (Convolvulus equitans)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Photos / Sounds

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

A large area of ground was full of burrows of these wasps - perhaps 100. As I approached, they all came out to investigate and started clustering around me. I've never seen them do this before, and I didn't want to wait around too long to see what they might do if I continued trompling on the ground around their burrows. As far as I could tell, they appeared to all be the same species.

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What

Rambur's Forktail (Ischnura ramburii)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

This individual plus a mature female were seen.

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What

Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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What

Giant Robber Flies (Genus Promachus)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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What

Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

I walked by a large swarm (about the size of a basketball) clustered on the ground and didn't realize it until they started to fly after I passed them under a large live oak. Within about one minute, the swarm had flown in a small column of bees up through the branches and were flying away.

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What

Attwater's Pocket Gopher (Geomys attwateri)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

I saw several of these areas in which a burrowing animal had created a large pile of dirt, and the areas in and around the burrows had been stripped of all leafy vegetation. I sat and watched one of these for a while, but never saw the animal. I assume it is a species of Geomys (Pocket Gopher).

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What

White Prickly Poppy (Argemone albiflora)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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What

Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum hirsutum)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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What

Poppymallows (Genus Callirhoe)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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What

Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

A tiny yellow butterfly that I can't seem to ID. It was ~1.5 cm.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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What

Eastern Leaf-footed Bug (Leptoglossus phyllopus)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

This is an educated guess on the ID.

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What

Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Description

This was moving so fast I could only get one half-way useable photo of it.

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What

Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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What

Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

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What

Blue-ringed Dancer (Argia sedula)

Observer

beschwar

Date

May 13, 2016

Comments

Anytime, Ben. Fun to have you here with us. I know you are only ca. 30 miles away, but anytime you can break away from teaching you are most welcome!

Posted by greglasley over 5 years ago (Flag)

Wonderful Ben! I'm so happy to read and see your experiences.

Posted by stephenramirez over 5 years ago (Flag)

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