August 22, 2016 — Vilas County
Little John Junior Lake, Northern Highlands American Legion State Forest
15-20 seen, several caught and released. Warmer day. Many Darners flying.
Common Green Darner (Anax junius)
Lake Darner (Aeshna eremita)
Netted and released
1 caught. A few flying.
Caught 2 males. Several more seen patrolling along weed bed. Different flight pattern than A. canadensis and A. eremita. A. canadensis patrols small area and stops and hovers regularly - usually at edge of emergent weeds and sometimes over them. A. eremita flies slow but directional patrol along edge of emergent vegetation or even farther out over lilies. A. clepsydra flies a slow but directional pattern at edge of emergent vegetation with many pauses and/or reductions in speed (about walking pace). Identifiable in flight by lighter blue color and overall more blue than dark brown.
Williamson's Emerald (Somatochlora williamsoni)
1 male flying over weed bed
Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum)
dozens / hundreds along shore
Calico Pennant (Celithemis elisa)
Several males and a couple ovipositing pairs
Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella)
White-faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum obtrusum)
Eastern Forktail (Ischnura verticalis)
Northern Spreadwing (Lestes disjunctus)
Slender Spreadwing (Lestes rectangularis)
Swamp Spreadwing (Lestes vigilax)