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Cibola Springs Odes

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  • Robert Larsen
    Catherine Erbaugh brought me some dragonfly exuviae she and Francis Fikany had collected from Cibola Spring on July 20, 2005. Catherine had visited the
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 7, 2005
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      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
      tank.

      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
      USA


      Phone: 1-505-623-5548
      Regular e-mail: roblrsn@...



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