May 27, 2015 — Chippewa County
Private grassland 5 miles west of Chippewa Falls
Common Green Darner (Anax junius)
Not as common as earlier in May
This was early evening, about 6pm, still warm, clear skies. Dragonflies appeared to be tucking in for the night, seeking to roost at the head of a woodland trail in some short scrub oak. Within 4 sq feet there were 2 springtime darners, a stream cruiser and a dot-tail whiteface. A whitetail landed on an oak trunk several feet away.
on grassy road in field.
Female netted, photographed, and released. Male observed on perch.
Common Baskettail (Epitheca cynosura)
Baskettails the dominant ode, absolutely everywhere. Assume most were common but did not confirm. Some in wheels.
Again, appeared to be coming in to roost. Vertically perching on oak trunk. Photographed from same exact spot as stream cruiser, springtime darner, etc.
Just one, in field.