Friday, July 9, 2021

Pale Snaketail

On 6 July 2021, Erika and I searched the lower reaches of the Black River for Grappletails, a distinctive but somewhat uncommon western dragonfly. Our quest was unsuccessful. We were greeted by several Pale Snaketails at a boat launch along Highway 12 in adjacent Grays Harbor County. This is only the second time we’ve seen these snaketails, the first being once several miles west on the highway—so a good consolation prize. Our snaketails perched on the wet stream-sides on the mud and on rocks and made repeated forays low over the river—only to return close to where they had first launched.

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