Friday, May 11, 2012

Spiny Baskettail

Thanks to Scott K. for help in identifying this Spiny Baskettail, potentially a new record for Rice County, Minnesota!  Two were in Erika's garden yesterday afternoon. They flew about waist-high across the grassy yard and perched on lilies and garden posts. They prefer open areas near water at woodland edges, habitat that describes Erika's garden. This baskettail is a northern species, found from New England and the Appalachians northwest to northern Alberta and British Columba, then south to northern California along the Pacific states. Identification hinges on the clear hind wings and the downward-pointing spine at the base of the final segment.

Two good dragonfly sources are: Dragonflies of the North Woods and Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East.

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