Thursday, July 31, 2014

Variegated Meadowhawk

During a long and relatively unproductive hike through Santa Anna National Wildlife Refuge on 23 February 2014, we did come upon this gorgeous Variegated Meadowhawk along the Spring Lake Trail. I have posted about this dragonfly on a number of occasions in this blog. Readers may recall that this species is highly migratory, often appearing in the northland well before other species of emerged from their aquatic winter abodes. Their migration can be spectacular. Paulson writes that, along the American Pacific Ocean, “maximum numbers [can be in the] thousands or even tens of thousands, passing coastal points at rates of up to 500/min."

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