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!

Publicado por beschwar beschwar, 14 de mayo de 2016

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Rayadora de Halloween Celithemis eponina

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

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

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Rayadora de Marl Macrodiplax balteata

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Rayadora Abigarrada Sympetrum corruptum

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Caballito Pigmeo Amarillo Ischnura hastata

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

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

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Libélula Serpiente del Este Erpetogomphus designatus

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

Many of these were seen throughout the park.

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Ambarina del Este Perithemis tenera

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Mariposa Azul del Mezquite Echinargus isola

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Rayadora del Este Erythemis simplicicollis

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

Somewhat common around the park today, but widely scattered.

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Rayadora Vigilante de Estanque Dythemis fugax

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

These were very common around the park today.

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Tordo Cabeza Café Molothrus ater

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Rayadora Luctuosa Libellula luctuosa

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

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

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Rayadora de Bandas Angostas Erythrodiplax umbrata

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

female

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Mariposa Sedosa de Lunas Naranjas Calycopis isobeon

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Rayadora Azul Pachydiplax longipennis

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Quite common around the park today.

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Mariposa Marcas de Metal Fatal Calephelis nemesis

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

Many of these were seen throughout the park.

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Rayadora Vigilante Negra Dythemis nigrescens

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

~6 were seen in the park today.

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Only one seen today.

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Araña Tejedora Espinosa Gasteracantha cancriformis

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

Many of these were seen around the park today.

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Mariposa Ninfa Polygonia interrogationis

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Libélula Cola de Mazo de Cuatro Bandas Phyllogomphoides stigmatus

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

Two females were seen today.

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

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

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Azulilla de Arroyo Empolvada Argia moesta

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Saltarina Negrita Phidippus audax

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Mayo 13, 2016

Lugar

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Caracol Degollado Europeo Rumina decollata

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Azulilla de Arroyo Anillada Argia sedula

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Libélula Rayadora Rosada Orthemis ferruginea

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Caballito Pigmeo de Rambur Ischnura ramburii

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Conejo Serrano Sylvilagus floridanus

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

3 seen during the day.

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Duraznillo de Agua Ludwigia peploides

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

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

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Tabaquillo Sudamericano Nicotiana glauca

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Rayadora Azul Pachydiplax longipennis

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

Many flying around and perching in low weeds.

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Cenicilla de Hagen Micrathyria hagenii

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

Many flying around and perching in low weeds.

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Huico Pinto del Noreste Aspidoscelis gularis

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Rayadora Vigilante de Estanque Dythemis fugax

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Planeadora de Bandas Anchas Tramea onusta

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

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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Azulilla de Estanque de Franja Doble Enallagma basidens

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

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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Mayo 13, 2016

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Ambarina del Este Perithemis tenera

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

Several females seen in this area.

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Crepúsculo de Duelo Erynnis funeralis

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Campanilla Herida Convolvulus equitans

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Abejas, Hormigas Y Avispas Punzantes Infraorden Aculeata

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

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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Caballito Pigmeo de Rambur Ischnura ramburii

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

This individual plus a mature female were seen.

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Mariposa Sedosa Gris Strymon melinus

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Abeja Melífera Europea Apis mellifera

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

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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Mayo 13, 2016

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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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Chicalote Blanco Argemone albiflora

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Copa de Vino Callirhoe involucrata

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Mariposa Azufre Natalia Nathalis iole

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

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

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Chinche Patas de Hoja Leptoglossus phyllopus

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

This is an educated guess on the ID.

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Mariposa Emperatriz Tejana Asterocampa clyton

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Mayo 13, 2016

Descripción

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

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Rayadora Luctuosa Libellula luctuosa

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Azulilla de Estanque Común Enallagma civile

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Mayo 13, 2016

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Azulilla de Arroyo Anillada Argia sedula

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Mayo 13, 2016

Comentarios

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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!

Publicado por greglasley hace más de 4 años (Marca)
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Wonderful Ben! I'm so happy to read and see your experiences.

Publicado por stephenramirez hace más de 4 años (Marca)

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