Sunday, November 6, 2016

Paddle-tailed Darner and Eight-spotted Skimmer.

Actually the “best” critter we listed during our 20 September 2016 Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge hike was this Paddle-tailed Darner. Not that this dragonfly is rare. This species is the common, late-season darner in western Washington. But it was a new one for my list. Paddle-tailed Darners are found from Alaska to southern California, east to South Dakota and Nebraska.

The Eight-spotted Skimmer has a similar, although less northern range.  The skimmer, also common, usually flies earlier in the season. Dennis Paulson, who wrote Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West, wrote me that his last one this year was in Seattle two days later.  Erika and I previously listed this dragonfly last July, also in Nisqually, and elsewhere in the West

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