03-11-14_MG_3704 First of the year for me and about a month late compared to last year I seen at least 15 of these today.
03-11-14_MG_3726 This species is normally with us all year but winter this year was hard and finding these the last 2.5 months was tough.
Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella) photo = Skimmer,12-spotted_MAC_©DaveSpier_D047094iN
male Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) photos = Whitetail,Common_MAC_©DaveSpier_D031332iN + D031333iN
immature male Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) on cattails; photo = Skimmer,Widow_MAC_©DaveSpier_D031327iN2
young female Eastern Forktail (Ischnura verticalis) photos = Forktail,Eastern(fem)_MAC_©DaveSpier_D031316iN + D031323iN + D031324iN (with prey, probably some sort of fly, but too hard to tell)
female Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) photos: Pondhawk,Eastern(female)_MAC_©DaveSpier_D031274iN, 31279, 31280, 31284
Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) female during Allegany Nature Pilgrimage; photo ref.: Whitetail,Common_ANP_©DaveSpier_D081185iN
Common Baskettail (Epitheca cynosure) identified by the trip leader, Jeremy Martin, on the Odonata walk at Red House Lake during the annual Allegany Nature Pilgrimage in Allegany State Park, NY. This species is found in the eastern U.S. and southeastern Canada, but is nealy identical to Mantled Baskettail of the southeast U.S. Habitat includes lakes and ponds. Photo ref.: Baskettail,Common_ANP_©DaveSpier_D046896iN + D046905iN + D046906iN
possible ID's include Springtime Darner (Basiaeschna janata) and Spatterdock Darner (Rhionaeschna mutata), both peaking mid-June; possibly an immature; Blue-eyed Darner (Aeshna multicolor) is nearly identical to Spatterdock but western in range. Shadow Darner (Aeshna umbrosa) is similar but a summer flier. Of the 39 darner species in N. Am., with ~7 genera in the NE, most are summer or late-summer fliers. Darners are characterized by large eyes that meet in a seam along the top of the head. Photo ref.: darner_ANP_©DaveSpier_D046904iN