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Re: [CalOdes] Spreadwing dispersal?

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  • Kathy &/or Dave Biggs
    Hi Steve and all, Although you wouldn t expect to find a spreadwing in such a dry habitat, it is true that all dragonflies and damselflies disperse after
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 1, 2004
      Hi Steve and all,

      Although you wouldn't expect to find a spreadwing in such a dry habitat, it
      is true that all dragonflies and damselflies disperse after emerging, not
      returning to water until they become sexually mature. Females in particular
      don't need to be at the water unless they are egg laying and are much more
      frequently seen away from the water than males.

      Often they will disburse to near the waterway where they emerged. But
      sometimes a teneral will just emerge and fly almost straight up, catch the
      wind and sail away. This behavior is probably one of the reasons they are
      so successful.

      Also, your habitat, although dry, probably harbored many other little
      insects. So she may have found a plentiful food source, and a spot where
      she wouldn't be 'hassled' by the males! ;-)

      Tim discusses dispersal on p.14 of his Dragonflies and Damselflies of

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      l_limosa wrote:

      > Hi all,
      > I live in Placerville (El Dorado Co) at approx 2000ft in dry oak/pine
      > woodland. As an example of the habitat, there are California
      > Thrashers nesting across the street (literally) and Wrentits all over
      > the hillside. This is a very dry area with no nearby water.
      > Two days ago while bushwhacking with my new camera, I came across a
      > female spreadwing deep in this stuff. I shot off a couple of really
      > poor shots and will post them as soon as I can get back online with
      > my computer (looonnngg story). I also have not been able to access
      > my reference library due to construction and having to wrap my life
      > up in poly to avoid the dust (!).
      > Should I be surprised that this bug was here or do spreadwings
      > disperse to some degree? I have associated spreadwings with wet
      > meadows, ponds, and bogs...never in dry habitat like this....though I
      > am quite the novice and may very well be missing this.
      > Thanks in advance,
      > Steve
      > Steve Abbott
      > Placerville, CA
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