Catherine Erbaugh brought me some dragonfly exuviae
she and Francis Fikany had collected from Cibola
Spring on July 20, 2005. Catherine had visited the
historic spring on Frances Fikany's 30,000 acre Canyon
Blanco Ranch in eastern De Baca County, New Mexico.
No odes have been reported for eastern De Baca County.
The spring is located on the northeast side of Dipping
Vat Hill along the western bluffs of the Llano
Estacado (Staked Plains). The spring was originally
visited by Capt. Gaspar Catano de Sosa and his party
of 170 men, women, and children from Nuevo Leon who
reached the spring on December 9, 1590. The spring
was developed in the 1930s and drains from a 1" pipe
into an 3 foot high crumbling adobe tank with a cement
slick 15' in diameter. Nowadays Cibola Spring
produces about 1 gallon of water per hour into the
The exuviae from the tank turned out to be those of
the Spot-winged Glider (Pantala hymenaea) and the
Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens) that Francis had
collected from the spring with her cane. Other
species noted by Francis and Cate about the spring
were the Common Green Darner (Anax junius), Flame
Skimmer (Libellula saturata), Black Saddlebags (Tramea
lacerata), Dot-winged Baskettail (Epitheca
petechialis), Blue-eyed Darner (Rhionaeschna
multicolor), and Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum
corruptum). Two damselflies found at the spring were
the blue form Springwater Dancer (Argia plana) and
Arroyo Bluet (Enallagma praevarum).
Robert R. Larsen
906 E. Orange St.
Roswell, New Mexico 88201-7440
Regular e-mail: roblrsn@...
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