338Boyce Thompson Arboretum - central AZ
- Jul 1, 2006Greetings Odesters!
Before I give the list (a short one at that) of today's sightings, it seems to me that this year has been a slow year for Odonates. Being relatively new to Odonates I don't know if this is reality or just my perception. I know butterflies this year have been much less impressive than recent years.
But for example, some odes that we were seeing relatively commonly last year have been virtual no shows this year such as: Red Rock-skimmer, Spot-winged Glider, Filigree Skimmer. Is it slow everywhere, or just here in beautiful Superior, Arizona?!
Todays sightings - 9:30-11:00, temps 90-100 (start to finish), sunny:
Flame Skimmer - a few
Blue Dasher - Most common bug of the day!
Mexican Amberwing - a few
Blue-eyed Darner - two
Springwater Dancer - two
Desert Firetail - several
The Firetails were actually quite interesting and we concluded the walk with them. Had tandem pairs, females laying eggs, adults emerging from their exuvia (is there a fancy name for that?), males and females posing on the reeds for pics. Great way to end an otherwise kinda slow walk.
If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.
Senior Instructional Specialist
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
37615 U.S. Highway 60
Superior, Arizona 85273
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