Trip to Virginia: May 28 to June 10

I headed east for an annual speleology research trip, and was determined to make some more above-ground observations this year than in the past. I was especially determined to see some new Dragonflies and Damselflies.

The trip started off less than inspiring, with flooding rains for the first 500 of 1250 miles, and rain at our forest campsite for the first week causing huge mud issues. But my work was in caves, so we really didn't care too much.

I kept an eye out for dragonflies during the first week or so, and only got a photos of a Common Whitetail. I did briefly see what I believe was a large Cruiser of some sort, patrolling a woodland road, but it flew away and never returned.

At the end of the trip, I had a couple days when I had some spare time, and I visited some local US Forest Service lakes and a large beaverdam complex in a fairly isolated headwaters stream. These sites were much more satisfying, and I saw many, many Odonates, only 50% or so of which I was able to photograph. One group that I never managed to photograph a single individual in were the Darners; I saw a number of them, but they refused to perch for me, and every time I scared one up in a meadow or along a trail, it didn't land again in sight.

The observations linked with this entry also include plants, flowers, herps, a few birds, a few fungi, and terrestrial snails. Sorting and ID'ing will still take me a few days, so it is not yet a complete set of observations for the trip.

Publicado por beschwar beschwar, 17 de junio de 2016

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Junio 2, 2016 07:49 AM EDT

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While camping, a bear dog chased a medium to large bear past our camping area. No photo of the bear, but there was plenty of bear poo around, so I can provide a photo of that. Despite what the location says, it is not on National Forest but is on private property.

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Algodoncillo Inmortal Asclepias tuberosa

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Junio 9, 2016 11:41 AM CDT

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Found at a rest stop on I-59

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Mariposa Cometa Papilio glaucus

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Junio 10, 2016 12:50 PM CDT

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Junio 4, 2016 07:07 AM CDT

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Junio 3, 2016 04:34 PM CDT

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Junio 3, 2016 04:32 PM CDT

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Junio 3, 2016 04:22 PM CDT

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This flower is missing one of the five petals that the flower should have.

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Rayadora Luctuosa Libellula luctuosa

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Junio 14, 2016 12:56 PM CDT

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Mayo 28, 2016 06:06 PM CDT

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Found in leaves on the ground in a wooded sinkhole. Only one seen at this site, despite a lot of searching.

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Mayo 28, 2016 06:06 PM CDT

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Fairly common in the woods in this region

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Mayo 28, 2016 06:06 PM CDT

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Common

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Trébol Morado Oxalis violacea

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Mayo 28, 2016 06:06 PM CDT

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Less common than the yellow sorrel species in this area.

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Mayo 28, 2016 06:06 PM CDT

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I can't really figure out how to tell all the Slimy Salamanders apart, and it appears that there are several which live in this region. This one was well back in a narrow fissure in a limestone cliff near a cave entrance, and I was unable to get a better photo of it.

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Mayo 28, 2016 06:06 PM CDT

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Perhaps Plethodon cylindraceus is the correct ID on this one? Again, I'm really not sure how to tell the species apart.

Found on a large slab of bark leaning against a limestone cliff near a cave entrance.

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Milpiés Americano Gigante Complejo Narceus americanus

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Mayo 28, 2016 06:06 PM CDT

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These are quite common in the forest in this region.

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Mayo 28, 2016 06:06 PM CDT

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Many were seen in this area.

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Mayo 31, 2016

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Mayo 31, 2016

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I'm not sure on the species for this.

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Mayo 31, 2016

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I've seen this frequently in the woods in this region, and I assume it must be a flowering plant, but I have no idea what it is.

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Mayo 31, 2016

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I think this could be Brachoria virginia, based on the range and coloration, but I'm definitely not knowledgeable about these guys. Many of them in moist leaf litter all over the region.

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Junio 1, 2016

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These were pretty common under the edges of rotting logs and leaf-covered logs. Large cup is ~1cm in diameter.

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Junio 1, 2016

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Based on information I found here, I think this is the correct ID.

http://vaworkinglandscapes.org/library/documents/VWL_handouts/Bumble_Bees_of_Virginia_Pamphlet_VWL.pdf

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Junio 1, 2016

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Found in wet leaf litter near a cave entrance.

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Margarita Leucanthemum vulgare

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Junio 1, 2016

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Found in a small swampy clearing

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Junio 1, 2016

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On the edge of a small swampy clearing.

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Junio 2, 2016

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Libélula Rayadora Blanca Común Plathemis lydia

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Junio 2, 2016

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female

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Junio 8, 2016

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Male and female - I did not see them in copula, but the patterns match this species and they were flying near each other.

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Junio 8, 2016

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I think this is correct, but the leaves below the flowers were longer than I remember seeing them before.

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Libélula Rayadora de Doce Manchas Libellula pulchella

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Junio 8, 2016

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Male and female seen in this general area.

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Junio 8, 2016

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I saw a number of these today.

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Junio 8, 2016

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Because I don't know Lestes sp in this region, I may be posting duplicate observations for the same species. If so, I will combine into a single observation later.

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Junio 8, 2016

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Junio 8, 2016

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Junio 8, 2016

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I saw a few of these at different times during the day. They seemed to be relatively common.

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Junio 8, 2016

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Junio 8, 2016

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Laurel de Montaña Kalmia latifolia

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Junio 8, 2016

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Caballitos Crucifijo Menores Género Lestes

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Junio 8, 2016

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Junio 8, 2016

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Junio 8, 2016

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Junio 8, 2016

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Although the single dragonfly was not one of the ones pictured mating (it was nearby), I believe they are all the same species.

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Junio 8, 2016

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Rayadora Azul Pachydiplax longipennis

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Junio 8, 2016

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Fresa Fragaria vesca

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Junio 8, 2016

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Junio 8, 2016

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Junio 8, 2016

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These were relatively common.

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Junio 8, 2016

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I think this ID is correct. This was the only one of this species that I saw today, and it was larger than the other Spiketails by 1-2 cm. Perching in shaded bushes at the edge of a clearing in the woods, about 1m off the ground. Wary.

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Castor Americano Castor canadensis

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Junio 8, 2016

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Junio 8, 2016

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Azalea Gall on Flame Azalea

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Junio 8, 2016

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Junio 8, 2016

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First time seeing this species, so I'm not very confident on the ID. Seems to match though.

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Caballito Pigmeo del Este Ischnura posita

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Junio 8, 2016

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Junio 8, 2016

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I'm sure this must not be a correct ID, based on the range for Spot-Tailed Dasher, but it is the only thing I have found in keys and photos that looks similar. It's probably just a common dragonfly that I don't yet know. Unfortunately, I only got a single shot from a distance before it flew away.

@greglasley Do you have any ID suggestions?

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Junio 8, 2016

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Two seen perching on sunny rocks

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Azulilla de Arroyo Versátil Argia fumipennis

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Junio 8, 2016

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Junio 8, 2016

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Junio 8, 2016

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This was a small Clubtail that I'm unfamiliar with so far. There were a number of what appeared to be the same species flying around (see a second observation of a different individual from the same day), but I couldn't be certain that they were.

Unfortunately, getting good photos of them was difficult with the wind and due to the fact that they didn't want to hang around for very long to let me get close.

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Junio 8, 2016

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Azulilla de Estanque de Franja Doble Enallagma basidens

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Junio 8, 2016

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Junio 8, 2016

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Junio 8, 2016

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Junio 8, 2016

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A single and a pair were seen in the edges of brushy clearings.

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Mirtos de Escudo Género Scutellaria

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Junio 8, 2016

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Junio 8, 2016

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Probably about 16-18" long. It was a nice surprise to find this sharing an 'apartment' with a Timber Rattlesnake! See the photo of both.

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Cascabel de Bandas Crotalus horridus

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Junio 8, 2016

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Probably about 24-30" long. It was a nice surprise to find this sharing an 'apartment' with a Northern Copperhead! See the photo of both.

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