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Odonata of Essex County
The Ebony Jewelwing frequents ditches with moving water and shade.
Lyre-tipped Spreadwings are often found in meadows and prairie areas quite distant from water.
Eastern Forktail is the most common damselfly at Ojibway.
The Swamp Darner is our largest dragonfly.
Damselflies & Dragonflies of the Ojibway Prairie Complex
Archilestes grandis, Great Spreadwing
The best locations to observe dragonflies in the Ojibway area include the pond in front of the Nature Centre and the ponds at Tallgrass Prairie Heritage Park. The mouth of Turkey Creek at the Detroit River is a good location for stream species. Many odonates wander far from water and can be found in open areas and along trails.
The following fifty-nine species are listed as (C) common to abundant, (U) uncommon, and (R) rare to single occurrence. Common names follow usage by the Dragonfly Society of the Americas . For more information on dragonflies visit the Odonata Information Network and the Michigan Odonata Survey .
Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies by Blair Nikula, Jackie Sones. A Stokes Guide. This is a pocket sized photographic guide to more than 100 species of dragonflies and damselflies commonly found in the USA. Over 80 % of all the species recorded from Ojibway are pictured in this handy guide. Copies are available at the nature centre for $13.95.
MORE REGIONAL LISTS:
Calopterygidae, BROAD-WINGED DAMSELS
- Calopteryx maculata U Ebony Jewelwing
Coenagriidae, POND DAMSELS
- Archilestes grandis R Great Spreadwing (new 2002)
- Lestes congener U Spotted Spreadwing
- Lestes dryas U Emerald Spreadwing
- Lestes forcipatus R Sweetflag Spreadwing (new 2000)
- Lestes rectangularis C Slender Spreadwing
- Lestes unguiculatus U Lyre-tipped Spreadwing
- Coenagrion resolutum R Taiga Bluet (new 2001)
- Enallagma antennatum C Rainbow Bluet
- Enallagma aspersum R Azure Bluet
- Enallagma basidens U Double-striped Bluet
- Enallagma boreale R Boreal Bluet
- Enallagma carunculatum U Tule Bluet
- Enallagma civile C Familiar Bluet
- Enallagma ebrium C Marsh Bluet
- Enallagma exsulans U Stream Bluet
- Enallagma geminatum C Skimming Bluet
- Enallagma hageni U Hagen's Bluet
- Enallagma signatum C Orange Bluet
- Ischnura hastata R Citrine Forktail (new 2000)
- Ischnura posita C Fragile Forktail
- Ischnura verticalis C Eastern Forktail
- Nehalinnia irene U Sedge Sprite
- Aeshna constricta C Lance-tipped Darner
- Aeshna umbrosa C Shadow Darner
- Anax junius C Common Green Darner
- Anax longipes R Comet Darner
- Epiaeschna heros U Swamp Darner
Macromidae, RIVER CRUISERS
- Gomphus graslinellus U Pronghorn Clubtail
- Gomphus vastus R Cobra Clubtail
- Progomphus obscurus R Common Sanddragon
- Stylurus notatus U Elusive Clubtail
- Macromia taeniolata U Royal River Cruiser (new 2004)
- Epitheca cynosura U Common Baskettail
- Epitheca princeps C Prince Baskettail
- Celithemis elisa U Calico Pennant
- Celithemis eponina R Halloween Pennant
- Erythemis simplicicollis C Common Pondhawk
- Leucorrhinia frigida R Frosted Whiteface
- Leucorrhinia intacta C Dot-tailed Whiteface
- Leucorrhinia proxima U Belted Whiteface
- Libellula incesta R Slaty Skimmer (new 2010)
- Libellula luctuosa C Widow Skimmer
- Libellula pulchella C Twelve-spotted Skimmer
- Libellula quadrimaculata U Four-spotted Skimmer
- Libellula semifasciata R Painted Skimmer
- Libellula vibrans R Great Blue Skimmer
- Pachydiplax longipennis C Blue Dasher
- Pantala flavescens U Wandering Glider
- Pantala hymenea C Spot-winged Glider
- Perithemis tenera C Eastern Amberwing
- Plathemis (Libellula) lydia C Common Whitetail
- Sympetrum obtrusum U White-faced Meadowhawk
- Sympetrum rubicundulum C Ruby Meadowhawk
- Sympetrum semicinctum R Band-winged Meadowhawk
- Sympetrum vicinum C Autumn Meadowhawk
- Tramea carolina R Carolina Saddlebags
- Tramea lacerata C Black Saddlebags
- Tramea onusta R Red Saddlebags
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Pratt, Paul D. 2010. Damselflies & Dragonflies of the Ojibway Prairie Complex (Version 12JULY2010). Ojibway Nature Centre Home Page. Department of Parks & Recreation, Windsor, Ontario.
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