Litchfield Co. Connecticut, June 16-17, 2007
The morning was sunny. Ovenbird calls rang out in the woods as we made an early start to look for the Harpoon Clubtail, Gomphus descriptus. We were to look for a cornfield by the Hollenbeck River off of Rte. 63. However we found no corn and all the promising-looking fields were "Posted," private property. We eventually pulled off 63 where Brown Brook crossed under the street and checked along the roadside. A dragonfly suddenly popped up and landed in a bush. Steve got a few pictures of the male Harpoon Clubtail then I netted it. We didn't see any others in the immediate area by the stream crossing. I worked down along the road until I was fortunate enough to spot a female so despite very limited habitat access, I managed to collect a pair.
Several Brook Snaketail males perched on the rocks above and below the riffles. They were fairly wary but I managed to catch a couple. I also caught a Maine Snaketail, Ophiogomphus mainensis, darker-patterned than the Brook and confirmed its presence on the river. I only saw a couple of Mustached Clubtails and like the Brook Snaketails, saw only males throughout the day despite extensively searching for females both on and off the water.
Numerous along the banks were both Ebony and River Jewelwings, Calopteryx maculata and aequabilis, Sedge Sprite, Nehalennia irene, and Four-spotted Skimmers, Libellula quadrimaculata. I saw three spiketails, Twin-spotted, Delta-spotted, and Arrowhead, Cordulegaster maculata, diastatops, obliqua, Stream Cruiser, Didymops transversa, and Springtime Darner, Basiaeschna janata. Ashy and Lancet Clubtails, Gomphus lividus and exilis, were along the river edge.There were a few American and Racket-tailed Emeralds, Cordulia shurtleffii and Dorocordulia libera, flying around the river, and a few Hudsonian Whitefaces, Leucorrhinia hudsonica in the garden, adding a distinctly northern flavor.
Thanks to Kristine Wallstrom and Steve Walter for all the great fun and assistance.
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