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  • chris kline
    Greetings 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
    Message 1 of 11 , Jul 1, 2006
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      Greetings 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.

      chris


      If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.
      Chris Kline
      Senior Instructional Specialist
      Boyce Thompson Arboretum
      37615 U.S. Highway 60
      Superior, Arizona 85273
      (520) 689-2723

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    • chris kline
      Greetings, Had Ann Johnson and Jim Bangma drop by today and look for bugs. I always enjoy when bug people swing by to visit and chat. Way cool! Well
      Message 2 of 11 , Aug 3, 2006
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        Greetings,

        Had Ann Johnson and Jim Bangma drop by today and look for bugs. I always enjoy when bug people swing by to visit and chat. Way cool! Well anyways, below is their list of what they saw including two definite new species for us and possibly a third.

        Flame Skimmer
        Neon Skimmer
        *Orange-bellied Skimmer or Roseate Skimmer
        Red Rock-skimmer
        Blue Dasher
        *Western Pondhawk
        Black Saddlebags
        Mexican Amberwing
        Spot-winged Glider
        Wandering Glider
        Pale-faced Club Skimmer
        Straw-colored Sylph
        *Gray Sanddragon
        Blue-eyed Darner
        Giant Darner
        Common Green Darner
        Sooty Dancer
        Arroyo Bluet
        Desert Forktail
        Desert Firetail

        * new species for our checklist. They were unsure about the Roseate vs. Orange-bellied. Our Dragonfly Walk for Saturday has potential to be pretty exciting!

        chris


        If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.
        Chris Kline
        Senior Instructional Specialist
        Boyce Thompson Arboretum
        37615 U.S. Highway 60
        Superior, Arizona 85273
        (520) 689-2723

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      • chris kline
        Greetings, Had a special Sunday Odonate walk today. People-wise had a relatively low turn-out of nine, but that could be because we usually do them on
        Message 3 of 11 , Jul 1, 2007
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          Greetings,

          Had a special Sunday Odonate walk today. People-wise had a relatively low turn-out of nine, but that could be because we usually do them on Saturdays, the fact that its a bazillion degrees out here, or that we had a bird walk about two hours before. But anyways, had a good time od'ing.

          Species list:
          Flame Skimmer - one
          Blue Dasher - many
          Roseate Skimmer - three
          Mexican Amberwing - many, many (on one patch of bulrushes I counted 16!)
          Wandering Glider - many (probably double as many as I saw yesterday at our lake)
          Red Saddlebags - one (new to the BTA checklist, although quite common at Kearny Lake 20 miles south)
          Blue-eyed Darner
          Common Green Darner - many
          Rambur's Forktail - three
          Desert Firetail - three (but I suspect more were tucked in the bushes unseen)

          Since Queen Creek is completely dried up, I didn't even try going there. Hence the reason for so few damsels.

          Another Ode walk this Saturday (July 7) at 9:30 AM. And then Kathy Biggs will be leading the walk on Aug 4. I'm hoping for some good early monsoon rains to get the creek running by August.

          chris


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        • chris kline
          Hi all, Had a tremendous dragonfly walk today. Twenty-seven human participants not counting the crack team of experts leading the walk. I felt like I was
          Message 4 of 11 , Aug 4, 2007
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            Hi all,

            Had a tremendous dragonfly walk today. Twenty-seven human participants not counting the crack team of experts leading the walk. I felt like I was among "Ode-Greatness" with Kathy and Dave Biggs, Rod Miller, Pierre Deviche, and Pete Moulton all in attendance.

            As for the bugs, we had 24 species which may have been a record day. I'll need to look back through my records. Nonetheless, a very good day!

            Flame Skimmer
            Neon Skimmer
            Blue Dasher
            Red Rock-skimmer
            Roseate Skimmer
            Filigree Skimmer
            Black Saddlebags
            Red Saddlebags
            Mexican Amberwing
            Spot-winged Glider
            Wandering Glider
            Blue-eyed Darner
            Common Green Darner
            Giant Darner
            Gray Sanddragon
            Amethyst Dancer
            Lavender/Springwater Dancer - The expert group could not come to concensus!
            Blue-ringed Dancer
            Sooty Dancer
            Arroyo Bluet
            Rambur's Forktail
            Desert Firetail
            Great Spreadwing

            Also had a mystery dragon at the lake which stumped the collective braintrust and proved too elusive to catch.

            Re: the Filigree Skimmer, I think a part of the reason Kathy came out was to see the Filigree Skimmer. The group had momentarily split into two with the front group in Queen Creek, while the back group was still on the main trail about 50 yards behind. The front half saw the Filigree, unfortunately Kathy was in the back half!

            A great time was had by all. Not only did I enjoy seeing all of Odes, but our team of experts were a lot of fun to hang out with and learn from. Ode people are good people!

            Oops, 'bout forgot, on Friday Jerrell Daigle and Ed Lam reported a Plateau Dragonlet in our Herb Garden. Couldn't find it today unfortunately. THat is a new species for our checklist!

            chris


            If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.
            Chris Kline
            Education Director
            Boyce Thompson Arboretum
            37615 U.S. Highway 60
            Superior, Arizona 85273
            (520) 689-2723
            work schedule: T-Sa 7am - 4pm

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          • chris kline
            Hi all, Sorry for the delay. I left for Portal, AZ about 30 minutes after finishing the dragonfly walk. Had a nice crowd of about 30 people. Did not get a
            Message 5 of 11 , Sep 4, 2007
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              Hi all,

              Sorry for the delay. I left for Portal, AZ about 30 minutes after finishing the dragonfly walk. Had a nice crowd of about 30 people. Did not get a good chance to confer with Pete Moulton who had the other half of the crowd, so Pete chime in if you have ohters to add to the list! Here is what my group saw:

              Flame Skimmer
              Blue Dasher
              Roseate Skimmer
              Mexican Amberwing
              Straw-colored Sylph
              Variegated Meadowhawk
              Blue-eyed Darner
              Common Green Darner
              Sooty Dancer
              Dusky Dancer
              Rambur's Forktail
              Desert Firetail

              Disappointingly absent was the Giant Darner that has been patroling Queen Creek. In the matter of three days the section of Queen Creek that runs through the Arb. has dried up. There are some deeper pools to the east well away from trails. Perhaps the GD was hanging out there.

              chris


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            • chris kline
              We had our first ever BioBlitz on Saturday Sept 15. Rich Bailowitz and Doug Danforth were kind enough to come up to do the butterfly and dragonfly survey.
              Message 6 of 11 , Sep 20, 2007
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                We had our first ever BioBlitz on Saturday Sept 15. Rich Bailowitz and Doug Danforth were kind enough to come up to do the butterfly and dragonfly survey. Below is the Odonate results.

                Black Saddlebags 3
                Red Saddlebags 1
                *Black Setwing 1
                Blue Dasher 2
                Flame Skimmer 20
                Mexican Amberwing 27
                Neon Skimmer 4
                Roseate Skimmer 14
                Variegated Meadowhawk 8
                Straw-colored Sylph 1
                Spot-winged Glider 2
                Pale-faced Clubskimmer 4
                Blue-eyed Darner 2
                Common Green Darner 3
                Giant Darner 1
                Arroyo Bluet 1
                Familiar Bluet 39
                Amethyst Dancer 3
                **California Dancer 7
                Dusky Dancer 30
                Lavender Dancer 10
                Sooty Dancer 5
                Springwater Dancer 20
                Desert Firetail 8
                Rambur's Forktail 8

                * new to BTA checklist
                ** confirmation of previous observation
                25 species, 224 individuals

                chris


                "Who knew simply being content was the dream come true!" - John Reuben
                Chris Kline
                Education Director
                Boyce Thompson Arboretum
                37615 U.S. Highway 60
                Superior, Arizona 85273
                (520) 689-2723
                work schedule: T-Sa 7am - 4pm

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              • chris kline
                Greetings, Had our final dragonfly walk of the season this morning. Initially it appeared it was going to be a total bust! At the start of the walk it was 60
                Message 7 of 11 , Oct 6, 2007
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                  Greetings,

                  Had our final dragonfly walk of the season this morning. Initially it appeared it was going to be a total bust! At the start of the walk it was 60 degrees and cloudy. The first half of the walk netted us 2 Common Green Darners. Period.

                  However, by the time we got to the lake, the sun had come out and the temp was up to about 70 and the odes were a flyin'! So the list below reflects what we saw after 11am from the lake down the main trail to the demonstration garden.

                  Flame Skimmer - a few
                  Neon Skimmer - one in the butterfly garden
                  Blue Dasher - a few at the lake
                  Red Rock-skimmer - one in the rocks above Queen Creek
                  Roseate Skimmer - a few at the lake
                  Mexican Amberwing - a few at the lake, one in the Demonstration Gdn.
                  Spot-winged Glider - one patroling the Demonstration Gdn
                  Variegated Meadowhawk - a bunch everywhere! The most common ode on the walk.
                  Blue-eyed Darner - several at the lake
                  Common Green Darner - several at lake and two in Queen Creek
                  Familiar Bluet - one at lake

                  Also had a mystery forktail at the lake. I didn't have my camera but several walk participants did so I'm hoping someone will send me a pic. Am leaning towards a Black-fronted Forktail. Didn't look right for Rambur's or Desert.

                  chris



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                • chris kline
                  Greetings all,   Had our dragonfly walk last Saturday.  I was actually rather pleased.  I was quite concerned after my Weds. recon mission
                  Message 8 of 11 , Jun 10, 2008
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                    Greetings all,
                     
                    Had our dragonfly walk last Saturday.  I was actually rather pleased.  I was quite concerned after my Weds. recon mission turned up only five species and about 10 individuals!  Had 17 human individuals, inc. four youngsters, turn-out for Saturday.
                     
                    Here is Saturday's list, all at Ayer Lake except the firetails, which were at our mini-oasis in the demonstration garden, and the springwater which was at the little pretend creek in the demo garden.
                     
                    Flame Skimmer
                    Blue Dasher
                    Mexican Amberwing
                    Red Saddlebag
                    Bue-eyed Darner
                    Amethyst Dancer
                    Springwater Dancer
                    Arroyo Bluet
                    Mexican Forktail - female.  Had a male forktail in hand as well but I am now not confident what it was.  The shoulder stripe was very thin, about the same color as the rest of the thorax (sort of turquoise color).
                    Desert Firetail
                     
                    All in all, a good outing.
                     
                    chris
                     
                    Who knew simply being content was the dream come true! - John Reuben
                    Chris Kline
                    Education Director
                    Boyce Thompson Arboretum
                    37615 U.S. Highway 60
                    Superior, Arizona 85273
                    (520) 689-2723
                    work schedule: T-Sa 7am - 4pm

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                  • chris kline
                    Greetings,   This morning s dragonfly walk went well.  18 human participants.  Sunny, temps in the 90 s.  Overall a good outing!   Flame Skimmer Blue
                    Message 9 of 11 , Jul 5, 2008
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                      Greetings,
                       
                      This morning's dragonfly walk went well.  18 human participants.  Sunny, temps in the 90's.  Overall a good outing!
                       
                      Flame Skimmer
                      Blue Dasher (many!)
                      Filigree Skimmer (one at legume Garden pool)
                      Black Saddlebags
                      Mexican Amberwing (many!)
                      Wandering Glider
                      *Spot-winged Glider
                      Blue-eyed Darner
                      Common Green Darner
                      Sooty Dancer
                      Dusky Dancer
                      Rambur's Forktail
                      Desert Firetail
                       
                      * Found this guy stuck in the skylights.  Initially we were not sure if it was alive, but when we pulled him out of the sky light he fell into three pieces.  Did not know if I could legally count him or not!?!
                       
                      Also, as we entered the Demonstration Garden a LARGE (Darner-size) ode flew overhead, about twenty feet above us at a high rate of speed.  I thought I saw a "club-tail" on it, so I'm not convinced it was a Giant Darner, but it was certainly large enough to be one.
                       
                      chris
                       


                      "Who knew simply being content was the dream come true!" - John Reuben
                      Chris Kline
                      Education Director
                      Boyce Thompson Arboretum
                      37615 U.S. Highway 60
                      Superior, Arizona 85273
                      (520) 689-2723
                      work schedule: T-Sa 7am - 4pm

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                    • chris kline
                      Greetings,   Pete Spino was visiting from San Diego yesterday and left me a list of the odes and leps that he saw.  BTW, Pierre Deviche will be leading the
                      Message 10 of 11 , Sep 3, 2008
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                        Greetings,
                         
                        Pete Spino was visiting from San Diego yesterday and left me a list of the odes and leps that he saw.  BTW, Pierre Deviche will be leading the dragonfly walk this Saturday, 9:30AM.   As you can see from the list, odes are finally picking up here so it should be a good walk!
                         
                        Flame Skimmer
                        Neon Skimmer
                        Mexican Amberwing
                        Black Saddlebags
                        Red Saddlebags
                        Desert Whitetail
                        Filigree Skimmer
                        Blue Dasher
                        Wandering GLider
                        Common Green Darner
                        Giant Darner
                        Familiar Bluet
                        Arroyo Bluet
                        Variable Dancer
                        Dusky Dancer
                        Desert Firetail
                        Rambur's Forktail
                         
                        chris

                        "Who knew simply being content was the dream come true!" - John Reuben
                        Chris Kline
                        Education Director
                        Boyce Thompson Arboretum
                        37615 U.S. Highway 60
                        Superior, Arizona 85273
                        (520) 689-2723
                        work schedule: T-Sa 7am - 4pm

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                      • chris kline
                        Good morning,   Had our final dragonfly walk of the season last Saturday.  Sorry for the delay getting this out, have been out of town.  All in all, a
                        Message 11 of 11 , Oct 8, 2008
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                          Good morning,
                           
                          Had our final dragonfly walk of the season last Saturday.  Sorry for the delay getting this out, have been out of town.  All in all, a good morning of ode-ing.  Will pick it up again in either May or June.  I'm leaning towards June.  May was pretty slim pickins this year.
                           
                          Flame Skimmer
                          Neon Skimmer
                          Blue Dasher
                          Variegated Meadowhawk
                          Red Saddlebags
                          Mexican Amberwing
                          Pale-faced Clubskimmer
                          Blue-eyed Darner
                          Common Green Darner
                          Springwater Dancer
                          Familiar Bluet
                          Arroyo Bluet
                          Rambur's Forktail
                          Desert Forktail
                          Desert Firetail
                          Canyon Rubyspot
                           
                          chris

                          "Who knew simply being content was the dream come true!" - John Reuben
                          Chris Kline
                          Education Director
                          Boyce Thompson Arboretum
                          37615 U.S. Highway 60
                          Superior, Arizona 85273
                          (520) 689-2723
                          work schedule: T-Sa 7am - 4pm

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