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Siskiyou County - Sedge Sprite!!

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  • Kathy & Dave Biggs
    *July 29, 2011* *_Siskiyou_**_ County_**__* *Dave and Kathy Biggs* Medicine Lake Highlands Pumice Stone Well, off Harrison Springs Rd. Area in spring flood
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      July 29, 2011
      Siskiyou County
      Dave and Kathy Biggs
      Medicine Lake Highlands
      Pumice Stone Well, off Harrison Springs Rd. Area in spring flood yet! ~2 acres surrounding the normally 30 X 100’ pond. 12-2:00
      We’ve been surveying this pond for ~10 years, at least once a yr, but it held a BIG surprise for us this time. See below:
      Northern Spreadwing - abundant
      Emerald Spreadwing - some
      *Lyre-tipped Spreadwing Lestes unguiculatus - few
      Bluet sp. - abundant
      Boreal Bluet – one IDed in hand
      Pacific Forktail – 1 male
      Western Forktail - some
      *Sedge Sprite Nehalennia irene – one pair in cop. This is a new county record for Siskiyou County and only the 3rd site for the species in Calif.
      Darner sp.  – a large dark darner, possibly Variable Darner which is usually common at this site.
      Paddle-tailed Darner – one found dead on the surface and somewhat deteriorated. IDed by side stripes
      Common Green Darner – one dead male found floating on the pond
      California Darner – one male appeared to be this species
      American Emerald – abundant, one in hand
      Mountain Emerald - some, one in hand
      Eight-spotted Skimmer – a few
      Twelve-spotted Skimmer – some
      Striped Meadowhawk – some
      Variegated Meadowhawk – one male
      Little Medicine Lake, NW of Medicine Lake 3-4
      Spreadwing sp. – all teneral, none caught
      Bluet sp. - abundant
      Boreal Bluet – one IDed in hand
      NO DARNERS at all!
      Clubtail sp. – over the meadows just west of LML. Unusual! Flying low…..a mystery, 2-3 seen. Grappletails??
      Emerald sp.- 100s on the wing and thousands of exuviae, Mountain Emerald possible as found once before there.
      American Emerald – abundant, one in hand
      Crimson-winged Whiteface – all teneral; a few damaged tenerals collected
      Eight-spotted Skimmer – 1 female ovipositing
      Striped Meadowhawk – some
      Red-veined Meadowhawk – one photographed
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