Archivos de diario de octubre 2021

02 de octubre de 2021

October Update

Now October. Days are growing shorter quickly now. Odonata can still be found, but numbers are increasingly limited. We were on track for our best September ever - then we got a chill that slowed things down considerably. We did pass the 2020 observation numbers, but fell short of 2019.

For the year we are over 24,000 research grade observations, and over 1,000 contributors. We have matched 2019 and 2020 with 139 species. Still hoping for a Striped Saddlebags or something else to show up and get us to 140 species for the year.

Geauga County moved up to 77 species for the year. This is a new high species count for a county in a season. Previous high species counts were Lucas (75) and Geauga (74), both in 2020.

We got help from a number of folks on under-represented counties. Monroe (16), Carroll (20), and Gallia (25) Co's are now on the low end of submissions.

Four species now have 2021 records from all 88 Ohio counties. These are Eastern Pondhawk, Widow Skimmer, Blue Dasher and Fragile Forktail. These species, along with Common Whitetail and Eastern Forktail are the most observed species for 2021. At this point we might get a Eastern Forktail to 88 counties, but probably not for anything else.

Most commonly observed species in recent years for October: Autumn Meadowhawk, Familiar Bluet, Shadow Darner, Eastern Forktail, Fragile Forktail, Blue-faced Meadowhawk, Eastern Pondhawk, Great Spreadwing. Once were into November, it's mostly Autumn Meadowhawks.

If you made photographs of Odonata this year and haven't submitted them to iNaturalist, please do. All data has value. If you collected Odonata this year and would like the data to become part of the Odonata Society database, please send me the pertinent data points: Species, Date, Location, Collector, and the collection where the specimens are located.

Publicado el octubre 2, 2021 12:29 TARDE por jimlem jimlem | 3 comentarios | Deja un comentario

11 de octubre de 2021

October 10 Update

One/third of the way through October - there is progress!

With Rick Nirschl's Striped Saddlebags in Lucas Co on October 4, we are now at 140 species for the year. This is a new high species count, surpassing 139 in 2019 and 2020. There may be other Striped Saddlebags, check your local wetlands.

We are approaching 25,000 research grade observations on the year.

We have five Species with 2021 observations in all 88 counties:
Blue Dasher
Eastern Pondhawk
Fragile Forktail
Widow Skimmer
Eastern Forktail

Still looking for some observations to get select species to 88 counties for 2021:
For Eastern Amberwing - Guernsey, Meigs
For Common Whitetail - Lawrence, Marion, Monroe, Vinton

For October, we've logged 34 species, Autumn Meadowhawk is way in the lead with 92 observations, then Familiar Bluet and Eastern Pondhawk in the mid-twenties. We had 38 October species in 2020, and 45 in 2019 - so there are still things to see.

Counties on the low end for the year:

Co Obs Sp #People
Noble 39 18 3
Van Wert 34 21 2
Meigs 30 15 3
Gallia 25 17 4
Monroe 23 13 3
Carroll 22 14 3
Publicado el octubre 11, 2021 02:41 TARDE por jimlem jimlem | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario

21 de octubre de 2021

Late October Update

You never know what you're gonna get. I'm following the thread on the Great Pondhawk just to our north ( Kinda crazy, but fun. This is a bit more of a surprise than the Duckweed Firetail. Keep a look out as the season winds down.

It seems like October has been cool, but our Ode numbers are really pretty good - with 10 days to go, 2021 passed the previous Oct high (772 RG observations in 2019) and has more than doubled 2020 (364 RG observations). We are still short on species compared to the last 4 years, but there's still a little time. Things missing for Oct 2021 compared to earlier years are Blue-ringed Dancer, Swift Setwing, Lilypad Forktail, Violet Dancer, Carolina Saddlebags. To our credit, prior to 2021, we had no recent Oct records for Red Saddlebags and Smoky Rubyspot.

Reminder - the Ohio Odonata Society has a monthly newsletter - The Ohio Dragon-Flyer. With CoVid-19, we have not held our annual meeting - nor charged dues! If you would like to be considered part of the OOS and receive the newsletter to remind you of some of your fave bugs, send me an email at and I'll add you to the list.

Counties on the low end for the year:

Co Obs Sp #People
Lawrence 40 17 5
Noble 39 18 3
Meigs 30 15 3
Gallia 25 17 4
Carroll 24 14 3
Monroe 23 13 3
Publicado el octubre 21, 2021 05:44 TARDE por jimlem jimlem | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario