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September 15, 2016 — Polk County

Unity School Forest trailhead, Unity School District. This is located just east of Highway 46 and just south of Rice Creek where it flows into Little Balsam Lake.

Black-tipped Darner (Aeshna tuberculifera)
Photographed
Collection Credit goes to Courtney Allison and Briana Peterson; They spotted two Aeshna species, one of which we netted together. This ended up being a Black-tipped Darner as identified by the all-black 10th abdominal segment, brilliant blue to yellow-green thoracic markings, and bright blue, sparsely patterned spots on the abdomen. We photographed and released the darner.
Photo of Black-tipped Darner
 
Photo of Black-tipped Darner
 
Photo of Black-tipped Darner