Sunday, November 18, 2007

ENV: Exciting Day at Big Springs

Lots of cool stuff today at the Ranch, at least once the densest fog i can remember cleared.

Let's start here . . . as i was driving in a nice little seven-point buck crashed across the road right in front me, flew downhill and ended up in the creek. He, not quietly, waded downstream about 20 yards, then turned back and waded back upstream. I lost track of him soon after that.

You can click on any picture below for an enlarged version.









The rest of today's excitement came from finding good numbers of butterflies at the few remaining patches of Cowpen Daisy, and finding a sweet array of damselflies and dragonflies, several of them likely new U.S. late season records. Here's a summary, and pictures of the ones i documented.

Coppery Dancer, Argia cuprea
probable new U.S. late date of 18 November 2007
published late date of 4 September
my specimen in UT collection of 24 October 2003
filmed a male on 13 November 2007


Springwater Dancer, Argia plana
probable new U.S. late date of 18 November 2007
published late date of 10 November







Ivory-striped Sylph, Macrothemis imitans leucozona
probable new U.S. late date of 18 November 2007
published late date of 24 October



Pale-faced Clubskimmer, Brechmorhoga mendax
probable new U.S. late date of 18 November 2007
published late date of 11 November


Jade-striped Sylph, Macrothemis inequiunguis
travertine cascade pool where oviposition taking place
18 November 2007

And a cool new Orthopteran for the ranch
Broad-tipped Conehead, Neoconocephalus triops

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