Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Common Baskettail

The Common Baskettail is found in eastern North America.  They are often seen patrolling ponds and lakes, as is in the photograph above taken in June 2011 in the Carleton College Arboretum (the lower photo is from Erika's garden in 2010). Baskettail identification tends to be tricky, so I am indebted to Scott King for his help with these photographs. According to (Mead 2003), the dark patches on the bases of the hind wings of the individual below cinches its identification.

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