Roseate Skimmer, Gila River, 1 Sep 03

   
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Dragonflies of Yuma County
Summer of 2003
- narrated by Henry Detwiler

Here are some suggested areas to look for dragonflies in Yuma County, and a record of the species we've seen so far.  Click on the blue links for maps & area descriptions.


Click on thumbnail pictures for full-sized shots.

Even though Yuma is in the heart of the Colorado Desert, there is a lot of water around.  The Gila and Colorado River flow through it, although the Gila is dry in most areas, there are some spots with slowly moving or standing water.  The Colorado River has numerous backwaters and associated lakes.  
  


 Blue Dasher, June 03

Other spots in the county to look for odes are farm ponds and shrimp ponds. 
   


Mexican Amberwing, Phoenix 
    

In early summer we found the following dragonflies along the Colorado River west of town:
- Blue Dasher
- Western Pondhawk
- Mexican Amberwing

Along the west side of Hwy 95, at a state quarry across from Tanner Construction Company, we found:
- Red-tailed Pennant (colony)
- Common Green darner
  


Red-tailed Pennant, 1 Sep 03 
  


Powdered Dancer, 24 Aug 03
   
On a September visit to the Gila River at the Hwy 95 bridge we saw:
- Western Pondhawk
- Common Green Darner
- Black Saddlebags
- Powdered Dancer
There is a grove along the Gila River off of Ave 7E.  Along the river itself and along the levee road we have seen:
- Rambur's Forktail
- Blue-winged Dancer
- Familiar Bluet
- Black Saddlebags
- Common Green Darner
- Blue Dasher
- Blue-eyed Darner 
- Wandering Glider
- Roseate Skimmer
- Spot-winged Glider

Wandering Glider, 1 Sep 03


 Rambur's Forktail, 1 Sep 03

  


Marl Pennants (male & female), Desert Forktail and Common Green Darner  Exuviae, 13 Sep 03


Common Green Darners
24 Aug 2003

Six miles north of Dateland are a series of shrimp farms that have a wonderful array of odes & birds.  
- Marl Pennant
- Common Green Darner
- Desert Forktail
- Powdered Dancer
- Familiar Bluet  

 
Desert Forktail, 24 Aug 2003

We live at the western edge of Yuma on 1 acre about three miles est of the Colorado River.  Over the course of the late summer we've spotted the following species:
- Familiar Bluet
- Powdered Dancer
- Red Saddlebags
- Common Green Darner
- Blue-eyed Darner
- Variegated Meadowhawk (once)
- Roseate Skimmer
- Widowhawk (once)
- Western Pondhawk
- White-belted Ringtail (once)
- Russet-tipped Clubtail (once)

   
White-belted Ringtail, 16 Aug 03


Russet-tipped Clubtail, 30 Aug 03


Widow Skimmer, Aug 03
   


Black Saddlebags, 13 Sep 03


Blue-eyed Darner, 19 Sep 03

Both Mittry Lake & West Pond have very accessible cattail marshes and lots of productive ode-hunting areas.  Over the past months we've seen:
- Red-tailed Pennant
- Black Saddlebags
- Common Green Darner
- Blue-eyed Darner
- Blue Dasher
- Western Pondhawk
- Mexican Amberwing
- Roseate Skimmer
- Powdered Dancer
- Western Pondhawk
- Mexican Amberwing
- Flame Skimmer

Photos Henry D. Detwiler