Konza Prairie Invertebrates - 15 July 2006
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Last updated 17 January 2007
Photographs of various critters seen during or just after a dragonfly walk
with the Konza Docents.
Right: A female Eastern Forktail damselfly [Odonata: Zygoptera:
Coenagrionidae: Ischnura verticalis]. We also saw males.
Below: A male Twelvespot Skimmer dragonfly [Odonata: Anisoptera:
Libellulidae: Libellula pulchella]. Two males were chasing one
another and a Common Whitetail male around a small pool. Here he is taking
a well-deserved rest.
Below right: A dung beetle [Coleoptera: Scarabeidae] manipulating a ball of
Below left: A Study In Green: A female Eastern Pondhawk [Odonata: Anisoptera:
Below right: A male Dusky Dancer damselfly [Odonata: Zygoptera:
Coenagrionidae: Argia translata]. This species is restricted in
Kansas to the Flint Hills, as it prefers clear water and rocky stream bottoms,
which don't occur very widely in Kansas except in the Flint Hills.
Below left: A male Springwater Dancer [Odonata: Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae:
Argia plana]. This damselfly is a spring specialist that may be
found across the state in appropriate habitats.
Below right: Another dancer damselfly, the Powdered Dancer [Odonata:
Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae: Argia moesta]. This is a very common
damselfly on streams across Kansas.
Below left: A beautiful robber fly - these flies are visual predators that
sit perched watching for prey. The large raptorial legs, "beard", and
elongated abdomen are features of these interesting insects [Diptera: Asilidae:
Asilinae: Apocleini: Triorla interrupta (Male)].
A complete list of Odonata seen today would include the following additional
damselflies: The Ebony Jewelwing [Calopteryx maculata].
And the following additional dragonflies: The Widow Skimmer [or Pied Skimmer
- Libellula luctuosa]; The Common Whitetail [Libellula lydia or
Plathemis lydia]; The Blue Dasher [Pachydiplax longipennis].
I saw while walking the stream along the nature trail by myself a Cruiser
dragonfly, either an Illinois River Cruiser or a Gilded River Cruiser - I didn't
get a good enough look to be sure, so we'll call it Macromia species
[Odonata: Anisoptera: Corduliidae: Macromiinae]..