Southwest Dragonfly Blitz 2015

Southwest Dragonfly Blitz 2015 is a 4 day event (August 27-August 30) in City of Rocks State Park Group Campsite, New Mexico. This location is in close driving distance to many great odonate sites. Daily field trips are planned, guests are welcome to stay for some or all of the event.

Advance reservation is required. Must bring your own food, drinks, camping supplies, etc.

Location: Southwest New Mexico, City of Rocks State Park Group Campsite

Price:

Guided Tour with Roger Racut at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Start Time:
8:30am

Dragonfly enthusiast and photographer Roger Racut guides this once-a-month odonate excursion. This interpreted walking tour takes visitors to Ayer Lake and garden water features -- a chance to learn about these beautiful, fascinating insects.

Note: Pierre Deviche will be traveling and unable to attend this event.

Price: $10 for Adults, $5 for Ages 5-12

For more details, visit:
Boyce Thompson Arboretum Events

Guided Tour with Roger Racut at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Start Time:
8:30am

Dragonfly enthusiast and photographer Roger Racut guides this once-a-month odonate excursion. This interpreted walking tour takes visitors to Ayer Lake and garden water features -- a chance to learn about these beautiful, fascinating insects.

Note: Pierre Deviche will be traveling and unable to attend this event.

Price: $10 for Adults, $5 for Ages 5-12

For more details, visit:
Boyce Thompson Arboretum Events

White-tailed Sylph, Macrothemis pseudimitans, in Santa Cruz Co. AZ: Third state record and fourth national record.

The White-tailed Sylph in the US is a rare species with only three previous records: two from Arizona (2007 and 2012 and one from Texas (2014). All these records are from September and October. On 4 April 2015 a male (photos below) was found at the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area, downstream of Patagonia L., Santa Cruz, AZ. This observation provides a fourth national record as well as a new early flight date for the species nationwide.

Early Giant Darner, Anax walsinghami, in Maricopa Co., AZ

A male Giant Darner was flying on 15 March 2015 at the Jewel of the Creek Preserve, Maricopa Co. - see photos below. Along with a record of the species on the same date in 2013, this is the earliest that this darner has been found in the state.

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