Monday, May 14, 2012

1st 2012 Odonate Field Trip

Visited Florence Bridge Fishing Access Site for first dedicated 2012 effort to find odonates here in western Montana. Wasn't disappointed as I observed a spreadwing, several American Emerald, several "Nobo" Bluets (abdomenal tip out of focus for identification purposes), two unidentified darners, and a couple of Pacific Forktail. Had great fun in searching and photographing. This fishing access site has an asphalt path for easy wetland access and is small in extant for thorough coverage. Good birding can be had here also. Here a couple of photos:

American Emerald (Cordulia shurtleffii)

Pacific Forktail (Ischnura cervula)

Northern or Boreal Bluet (Enallagma sp.)