Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Amber-winged Spreadwing

Because every record is vetted by experts, not just the rare ones, Odonata Central is more rigorous than eBird. Of course, birds are better known by citizen scientists than are dragonflies—and far more bird records are submitted to eBird than dragonfly records go to Odonata Central.

My record of an Amber-winged Spreadwing took a long time to be vetted. I submitted the record from Erika’s garden on 7 August 2013 and it was not vetted until 20 September. I assumed that the script-like thorax markings and the brown-banded abdomen were diagnostic. The wings are not particularly honey-colored, but Paulson writes that this color is not always obvious. No other spreadwing has dark bands across bright yellow sides, although admittedly, the sides of my damselfly are not particularly bright.

Odonata Central shows this species’ range to be northeastern North America, west to Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri. Only four records come from southeastern Minnesota; mine is the second from Rice County. The species is to be expected near a variety of wetlands.

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