Dragonfly and Damselfly BioBlitz 2019

Citizen Scientists pose in front of Pinehurst School.

Citizen Scientists pose in front of Pinehurst School.

More than 50 registered citizen-scientists convened for the 5th Annual BioBlitz hosted by the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument on August 3, 2019. The survey focus was Odonates, carnivorous insects including dragonflies and damselflies.

Teams were assembled, nets in hand, to survey sixteen different sites throughout the Monument. In just a few hours, 47 different species of dragonflies and damselflies were recorded. Six of these species were previously unknown to exist in the Monument. Each team was led by an expert leader.

Leader Dr. Dennis Paulson, an author of three Odonata books and dozens of papers, said of the event “It was a pleasure to educate others about dragonflies and damselflies and to collectively learn more about the diversity of these species within Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.”

Lincoln Pond had the greatest diversity with 21 species followed by Little Hyatt Lake and Sky King Cole with 20 species each.

Striped Meadowhawk was seen at 12 of the 16 sites we visited making it the most widely scattered species. While White-faced Meadowhawk was seen at only 3 sites, literally hundreds were seen at Tunnel Creek, making it the most abundant species. Full list of species below.

 
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DRAGONFLIES

Survey sites and expert leaders.

Survey sites and expert leaders.

Aeshna interrupta, Variable Darner

Aeshna walkeri, Walker’s Darner

Anax junius, Common Green Darner

Rhionaeschna californica, California Darner

Rhionaeschna multicolor, Blue-eyed Darner

Ophiogomphus severus, Pale Snaketail

Somatochlora semicircularis, Mountain Emerald

Leucorrhinia intacta, Dot-tailed Whiteface

Libellula forensis, Eight-spotted Skimmer

Libellula nodisticta, Hoary Skimmer

Libellula pulchella, Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Libellula quadrimaculata, Four-spotted Skimmer

Libellula luctuosa, Widow Skimmer

Libellula saturata, Flame Skimmer

Pachydiplax longipennis, Blue Dasher

Plathemis lydia, Common Whitetail

Sympetrum illotum, Cardinal Meadowhawk

Sympetrum madidum, Red-veined Meadowhawk

Sympetrum obtrusum, White-faced Meadowhawk

Sympetrum pallipes, Striped Meadowhawk

Sympetrum vicinum, Autumn Meadowhawk

Tramea lacerate, Black Saddlebags

DAMSELFLIES

Lestes congener, Spotted Spreadwing

Lestes disjunctus, Northern Spreadwing

Lestes dryas, Emerald Spreadwing

Lestes unguiculatus, Lyre-tipped Spreadwing

Calopteryx aequabilis, River Jewelwing

Amphiagrion abbreviatum, Western Red Damsel

Argia vivida, Vivid Dancer

Argia agrioides, California Dancer

Enallagma carunculatum, Tule Bluet

Enallagma annexum, Northern Bluet