Saturday, May 26, 2018

Common Baskettail Emergence 2018

A favorite late spring event of mine is the mass emergence of Common Baskettail dragonflies, Epitheca cynosura at Westwood Hills Nature Center.  Sometimes thousands of dragonflies all emerge over a day or two, usually just after a hatch of midges.

I didn't see any Common Baskettails last spring, possibly because of an unusually late cold spell. 

This year's "hatch" seemed a bit on the small side, and seemed to occur over a longer period of time; four days instead of one.