Cibolo Nature Center Bioblitz

Yesterday I participated in a Texas Nature Trackers Bioblitz at the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne, TX. I led a small group looking for odonates (dragonflies and damselflies). We were very fortunate to have the extremely knowledgable Terry Hibbitts in our group, and we learned a lot from him about odonates and other varied nature topics. What a treat!

Highlights for me included finding a lifer dragonfly, a Pale-faced Clubskimmer. These are not particularly uncommon, but they are inconspicuous and rarely land. I've seen dragonflies I suspected were this species before, but none of them ever landed so I could photograph it and confirm its species. Here's the photo:

Pale-faced Clubskimmer

Another highlight was finding a robber fly with a Blue-ringed Dancer damselfly in its clutches!

Robberfly with Blue-ringed Dancer

We found 17 species of odonates and were able to photograph 14 of them for iNaturalist observations. Unfortunately even though we observed many Common Green Darners, Black Saddlebags, and a few Wandering Gliders, we were unable to photograph any of them since they were constantly in flight. Here's our list:

Dragonflies
Common Green Darner
Black Saddlebags
Wandering Glider
Blue Dasher
Eastern Pondhawk
Variegated Meadowhawk
Pale-faced Clubskimmer

Damselflies
Blue-ringed Dancer
Powdered Dancer
Kiowa Dancer
American Rubyspot
Smoky Rubyspot
Southern Spreadwing
Double-striped Bluet
Dusky Dancer
Variable Dancer
Springwater Dancer

In addition to the fun we had finding and photographing wildlife, it was also fun teaching folks how to use the iNaturalist app:

Lee Photographing Grasshopper

All of the observations I made during the bioblitz are attached to this post. Here are the photos by themselves on Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikael_behrens/albums/72157659305591379

What a fun morning!

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, October 11, 2015 20:55

Observations

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Domestic Cat Felis catus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 09:57 AM CDT

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Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 09:31 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 09:43 AM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Spotless Lady Beetle Cycloneda sanguinea

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 09:48 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 09:50 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 09:51 AM CDT

Description

Male. Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Southern Yellowjacket Vespula squamosa

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 10:01 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Beelzebub Bee-Killer Mallophora leschenaulti

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 10:12 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Monarch Danaus plexippus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 10:21 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Eastern Pondhawk Erythemis simplicicollis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 10:26 AM CDT

Description

Male. Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Blue Dasher Pachydiplax longipennis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 10:27 AM CDT

Description

Male. Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Striped Sweat Bees Genus Agapostemon

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 10:31 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 10:36 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Maximilian Sunflower Helianthus maximiliani

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 10:36 AM CDT

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Fiery Skipper Hylephila phyleus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 10:45 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 10:47 AM CDT

Description

It looks like this individual has a full crop! Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Blue-ringed Dancer Argia sedula

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 10:59 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Powdered Dancer Argia moesta

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 11:05 AM CDT

Description

Female. Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Powdered Dancer Argia moesta

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 11:09 AM CDT

Description

Male. Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Dusky Dancer Argia translata

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 11:16 AM CDT

Description

Male. Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Blue-ringed Dancer Argia sedula

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 11:16 AM CDT

Description

Male. Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Smoky Rubyspot Hetaerina titia

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 11:17 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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American Rubyspot Hetaerina americana

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 11:31 AM CDT

Description

Both males, the American Rubyspot is on the left, the Dusky Dancer on the right. Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Dusky Dancer Argia translata

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 11:31 AM CDT

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Swift Setwing Dythemis velox

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 11:36 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Dickcissel Spiza americana

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 11:46 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 11:54 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Blue-ringed Dancer Argia sedula

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 11:54 AM CDT

Description

This observation is for the damselfly that the robber fly is eating.

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Pale-faced Clubskimmer Brechmorhoga mendax

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 11:59 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

I was excited to find what I suspected was a Pale-faced Clubskimmer flying in a patch of woods. I was even more excited to see it land, which this species rarely does. It landed long enough for me to get this so-so photo. This was a lifer for me!

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Dusky Dancer Argia translata

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 02:02 PM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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American Rubyspot Hetaerina americana

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 02:14 PM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Variable Dancer Argia fumipennis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 02:15 PM CDT

Description

Male. Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Blue-ringed Dancer Argia sedula

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 02:19 PM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

This Green Anole was finishing up swallowing a damselfly (probably a Blue-ringed Dancer).

This observation is for the damselfly.

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Springwater Dancer Argia plana

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 02:44 PM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Springwater Dancer Argia plana

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 02:45 PM CDT

Description

Male. Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

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Green Anole Anolis carolinensis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 10, 2015 02:19 PM CDT

Description

Taken during the Cibolo Bioblitz on 10/10/2015. This was the last day of their twice-per-year week-long Wildlife Field Research Week.

This Green Anole was finishing up swallowing a damselfly (probably a Blue-ringed Dancer).

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Spectacular! :)

Posted by sambiology over 4 years ago (Flag)

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