Monday Bitter Lake Odes
- I had a chance, yesterday afternoon, to visit the
small saline ponds located in the northeast corner of
Unit 5 on the Bitter Lake National Wildlfie Refuge.
Those two small connected ponds were buzzing with
dragonflies after a night of our first good rain since
last October. The ponds on gypsum soil are filled
with Stonewart and the rim lined with Saltgrass, Sea
Lavender, Pickleweed, and young plants of the Pecos
Puzzle Sunflower. The following flies were noted:
Variegated Meadowhawk - numerous teneral males
Common Green Darner
Bleached Skimmer - many at the pond and east slough
Marl Pennant - numerous teneral males and females
Desert Forktail - large numbers in the Saltgrass
Arroyo Bluet - common on the ponds
A single male Neon Skimmer was observed atop the
antenna of the refuge sedan at refuge headquarters.
Roswell, New Mexico
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