I am on a roll. A second new county record in as many days. Yesterday Erika and I made a quick stop at the Carpenter Nature Center and photographed this Amber-winged Spreadwing. According to Odonata Central, our record is the first for Washington County, Minnesota.
The amber-washed wings and the long “pinchers” at the end of the abdomen are diagnostic for this species. This male is my first. Previously we photographed a female in Erika’s garden. Amber-winged Spreadwings are found across northeastern North America, west to Minnesota, Iowa, and eastern Kansas and Oklahoma.