Re: [SoWestOdes] 09/14 and /15: Q Ranch, Gila Co., AZ.
- Perhaps a small sample size, yet a report from southeastern CA listed A. junius as abundant and breeding and only a single S. corruptum. My fascination with migrants makes me think this difference is significant, and I am always looking for both similarities and differences between these two abundant migratory species. They both seem to have broad habitat tolerance and seem to live in very similar places, so a difference like this points to differences in migratory routes and/or seasonality.Dennis PaulsonSeattle, WA
Merrilee Edwards, Ken Furtado, and I spent this past weekend (09/14 and /15) at the Q Ranch in Gila Co., where we visited two cattle tanks, Bottle Springs, and Gentry and Walnut Cr. We found 17 species as follows:
- Great Spreadwing, Archilestes grandis: common along creeks and at Bottle Springs
- Aztec Dancer, Argia nahuana: 2 males, Walnut Creek
- Springwater Dancer, Argia plana: common along creeks
- Tonto Dancer, Argia tonto: 1 male, Walnut Creek
- Familiar Bluet, Enallagma civile: common at tanks
- Arroyo Bluet, Enallagma praevarum: same
- Painted Damsel, Hesperagrion heterodoxum: widespread along creeks
- Plains Forktail, Ischnura damula: common at tanks
- Mexican Forktail, Ischnura demorsa: same; few along creeks
- Desert Firetail, Telebasis salva: 6 males at one tank
- Common Green Darner, Argia junius: 1 female, Gentry Creek
- Persephone’s Darner, Aeshna persephone: ~5 at Walnut Creek; 10-15, including 1 blue morph and 2 green morph females, at Gentry Creek
- Western Pondhawk, Erythemis collocata: 1 male at tank
- Flame Skimmer, Libellula saturata: 2 at tank
- Spot-winged Glider, Pantala hymenaea: 15-20 (all teneral) at one tank
- Common Whitetail, Plathemis lydia: 8 males at tanks
- Variegated Meadowhawk, Sympetrum corruptum: widespread at tanks; pairs ovipositing.
Pierre Deviche, Phoenix, AZ.