31 Species Ode Extravaganza - 9 May 2009

My brother Toby got the opportunity to survey a wetland property 4.5 mi SSE of Cleaveland, Liberty County, Texas, for reptiles & amphibians.  He invited me along, and I spent most of the day photographing Odes.  Ended up with a 31 species list, mostly of Dragonflies.

Only 1 species seen

Ebony Jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata)

only 1 species seen

Swamp Spreadwing (Lestes vigilax) - adult and teneral female

2 species of bluet, 3 species of forktail, 1 sprite, and 1 dancer

Turquoise Bluet (Enallagma divagans) - Male

Orange Bluet (Enallagma signatum) - several seen late in afternoon

Rambur's Forktail (Ischnura ramburii) - Male

Citrine Forktail (Ischnura hastata) - very abundant

Fragile Forktail (Ischnura posita)

Southern Sprite (Nehalennia integricollis) - Males & Teneral

Blue-tipped Dancer (Argia tibialis) - teneral male & blue phase female


Saw 3 species of Aeshnids - Swamp Darner, Comet Darner, and Common Green Darner, but was only able to find Common Green Darners perched for photographs and didn't bring a net to catch and pose the other two.

Common Green Darner (Anax junius) - I believe these to be juvenile males

I found 3 species of clubtail - the Bayou, Stillwater, and Ashy Clubtail

Ashy Clubtail (Gomphus lividus) - Female

Bayou Clubtail (Arigomphus maxwellii) - I saw lots of males

Stillwater Clubtail (Arigomphus lentulus) - 2 males seen


I was very excited to find one Arrowhead Spiketail - a very seldom-encountered species here in East Texas.

Arrowhead Spiketail (Cordulegaster obliqua), Male


I had 16 species (possibly 17) in 10 different genera

Small Pennants

Calico Pennant (Celithemis elisa) - Male & 2 Females

Faded Pennant (Celithemis ornata) - male . . . also saw a single Amanda's Pennant (Celithemis amanda) but didn't get photos

Halloween Pennants (Celithemis eponina)


Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) - immature male color changing (these were everywhere)


Little Blue Dragonlet (Erythrodiplax miniscula) - Male & Female (also very common)

King Skimmers

Golden-winged Skimmer (Libellula auripennis) - many males seen, only a single female

Slaty Skimmer (Libellula incesta) - only a single male seen

Painted Skimmer (Libellula semifasciata) - males & 1 female

Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans) - Males & Female

I may have seen (but cannot conclusively say that I saw) a single Hyacinth Glider

Tropical Skimmers

Roseate Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea) - juvenile male, only 1 seen

Blue Dasher

Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) - Males & Females

I also saw but was unable to photograph a single Eastern Amberwing


Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) - Males & Female

Saddlebags Gliders

Carolina Saddlebags (Tramea carolina) - Males, Females, & Tenerals