Del Rio Bioblitz trip

A few weeks ago was the big bioblitz in Del Rio, Texas which I was fortunate enough to go to, as well as being able to spend some time in Austin and San Antonio before and after the trip. It was great to get out, be on the road, and explore a new ecosystem I haven't really seen. It was a little early for peak dragonfly diversity but I saw lots of cool stuff and some interesting odonate parasitism by dipterans which I had not yet seen in person.

As these things can be sometimes, better than seeing whatever was out there, it was fun to see so many different people from all over and hang out and explore together. One trip, in a way facilitated by iNaturalist though otherwise unrelated, was a brief excursion @tadamcochran and I took to Mexico one night after a group dinner. I wrote about it on my blog here, if you would like to check it out.

Thanks to everybody who made the trip out to Del Rio and special thanks to @sambiology for doing the organization/logistics for these things. I look forward to doing more soon.

Posted by briangooding briangooding, April 26, 2018 18:56

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Neotropical Bluet (Enallagma novaehispaniae)

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 2018

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Male Enallagma novaehispaniae

Found this little guy in the beautiful habitat along San Felipe Creek.

Photos / Sounds

What

Pale-faced Clubskimmer (Brechmorhoga mendax)

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 5, 2018 05:30 PM CDT

Description

Male Brechmorhoga mendax patrolling territory

This spot along San Felipe Creek was one of the most tranquil spots for me despite its proximity to the road and other people.

I included some habitat shots I took with the phone while wading in the water. Very serene spot.

Photos / Sounds

What

Blue-ringed Dancer (Argia sedula)

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 6, 2018 05:39 PM CDT

Description

Male Argia sedula

Near Moore Park. We stopped to look for Argia rhoadsi but didn't find any.

The water was low enough to stand in the creek and shoot toward the vegetation lining the edge.

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Photos / Sounds

What

Kiowa Dancer (Argia immunda)

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 6, 2018 05:49 PM CDT

Description

Female Argia immunda

Photos / Sounds

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 5, 2018 01:58 PM CDT

Description

Asilid predating moth

Photos / Sounds

What

Antlions and Owlflies (Family Myrmeleontidae)

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 5, 2018 02:41 PM CDT

Description

Antlion hanging out on a rock

Photos / Sounds

What

Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 6, 2018 02:19 PM CDT

Description

A bird of some sort singing and fishing or something

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Photos / Sounds

What

American Rubyspot (Hetaerina americana)

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 6, 2018 02:10 PM CDT

Description

Male Hetaerina americana coming in for landing on territorial perch

Photos / Sounds

What

Stream Bluet (Enallagma exsulans)

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 7, 2018 11:43 AM CDT

Description

Juvenile female Enallagma exsulans with two dipteran parasites (tight crop on second photo)

Photos / Sounds

What

Stream Bluet (Enallagma exsulans)

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 7, 2018 11:46 AM CDT

Description

Juvenile male Enallagma exsulans with hydrachnid parasites

Photos / Sounds

What

Variable Dancer (Argia fumipennis)

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 7, 2018 01:18 PM CDT

Description

Male Argia fumipennis

I was happy to see this species on the Del Rio trip as I don't normally see it around home. Very beautiful colors.

Photos / Sounds

What

Variable Dancer (Argia fumipennis)

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 7, 2018 12:51 PM CDT

Description

Male Argia fumipennis with hydrachnid and dipteran parasites

Photos / Sounds

What

Texas Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus scutellaris)

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 8, 2018 09:58 AM CDT

Description

Coleopterans mating

With Greg Lasley, Galen Stewart, and Tony Iwane.

Photos / Sounds

What

Dotted Checkerspot (Poladryas minuta)

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 8, 2018 10:22 AM CDT

Description

With Greg Lasley, Galen Stewart, and Tony Iwane.

Photos / Sounds

What

Big Bluet (Enallagma durum)

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 6, 2018 10:18 AM CDT

Description

Male Enallagma durum predating tipulid

Photos / Sounds

What

Stream Mayflies (Family Heptageniidae)

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 6, 2018 08:21 AM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 6, 2018 05:29 PM CDT

Description

Roadkill on the way to the campsites and boat loading ramp. There was another less than 100m down the road.

Photos / Sounds

What

Kiowa Dancer (Argia immunda)

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 6, 2018 05:43 PM CDT

Description

Argia immunda ovipositing

Found some spots to walk along the inside of the creek. Lots of damselfly activity.

Photos / Sounds

What

Rubyspots (Genus Hetaerina)

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 6, 2018 05:47 PM CDT

Description

Female Hetaerina americana

Photos / Sounds

What

Blue-ringed Dancer (Argia sedula)

Observer

briangooding

Date

April 7, 2018 11:59 AM CDT

Description

Female Argia sedula wing-clapping

After looking at this I see I missed the middle position, so this isn't quite how it looks or the correct speed...just a general visualization.

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