Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Plains Clubtail

Erika and I flushed several Plains Clubtails from the Carleton Arboretum prairie paths in early August (the same day we found the Cobra Clubtail). Look for this species in July and August along sandy or muddy streams that have some current. Plains Clubtails are widespread, but can be picky about exactly where they are found.  According to Wikipedia, they "will often occur only in certain stretches of a particular river..." Plains Clubtails, however, are common in Iowa along large streams, and especially the Mississippi (Iowades.com). Wikipedia claims this species does not tolerate cool weather, even rarely flying on cloudy days. 

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