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briangooding

Date

July 8, 2019 10:55 AM CDT

Description

Asilid predating lepidopterid

I saw these two while searching the shaded margin of trees exterior to the river.

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Blue-fronted Dancer Argia apicalis

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briangooding

Date

July 8, 2019 10:58 AM CDT

Description

Male Argia apicalis

Astronomically outnumbered by A. moesta but there were some of these hanging around.

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Russet-tipped Clubtail Stylurus plagiatus

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briangooding

Date

July 8, 2019 10:42 AM CDT

Description

Female Stylurus plagiatus

I adjusted the left foot of the tripod and inadvertently let loose a cluster of grass that had been pushed aside.

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Russet-tipped Clubtail Stylurus plagiatus

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briangooding

Date

July 8, 2019 10:52 AM CDT

Description

Male Stylurus plagiatus

The disparity in physical dimensions of adult gomphids at this site is amazing...from the diminutive Erpetogomphus eutainia all the way up to Hagenius brevistylus:

Erpetogomphus eutainia
E. designatus
Stylurus plagiatus
Gomphurus vastus
Aphylla angustifolia (I didn't see but others did the previous day)
Phyllogomphoides albrighti
Hagenius brevistylus

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Green Anole Anolis carolinensis

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briangooding

Date

July 8, 2019 09:39 AM CDT

Description

Anolis carolinensis on a tree along Guadalupe River

While scanning some higher areas for macromiids I saw this beautiful lizard.

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Five-striped Leaftail Phyllogomphoides albrighti

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briangooding

Date

July 8, 2019 09:46 AM CDT

Description

Male Phyllogomphoides albrighti patrols area along Guadalupe River

A few of these guys were hanging out along the river along with an unidentified Macromia sp.

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Russet-tipped Clubtail Stylurus plagiatus

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briangooding

Date

July 8, 2019 09:19 AM CDT

Description

Female Stylurus plagiatus

While photographing this female clubtail I saw what I thought was a wasp out of the corner of my eye so I quickly switched to a higher frame rate and shot a burst as it passed.

The insect swooped down very close to the head of the dragonfly and quickly changed its trajectory upward in a "V"-like shape.

Looking at the images I started laughing as it appeared to be a Diogmites sp. and whether or not it was true, my immediate thoughts were that it abandoned the hopes of the clubtail as prey upon closer inspection.

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Blue-faced Ringtail Erpetogomphus eutainia

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briangooding

Date

July 8, 2019 08:50 AM CDT

Description

Female Erpetogomphus eutainia

I encountered a few E. eutainia while stumbling near the river but they weren't as plentiful or locate-able as the day before. The sunlight kept coming in and out from behind the clouds and it was breezier but other than that the conditions felt similar.

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Clouded Skipper Lerema accius

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briangooding

Date

July 8, 2019 08:44 AM CDT

Description

Hesperiid

When I got out of the car and headed into the field (literally) I saw another person dressed somewhat similar to me, alone, serenely stalking something through the five-foot tall grass.

It immediately occurred to me that this might be what it is like for an outsider who stumbles upon me shooting somewhere. I decided not to bother the person and instead made opposite choices of direction as him, not to interact and burst his "solitary high".

While on that trajectory I found this skipper.

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Blue-faced Ringtail Erpetogomphus eutainia

Observer

briangooding

Date

July 8, 2019 08:48 AM CDT

Description

Male Erpetogomphus eutainia

I was slightly unhappy with the results from the previous trip and decided I would return to Gonzales on Monday in the morning to search for some dragonflies.

When I got there there was already a car in the parking lot which didn't immediately register as a positive in my book...but eventually it worked out to be a delightful surprise.

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Blue-ringed Dancer Argia sedula

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briangooding

Date

July 7, 2019 12:25 PM CDT

Description

Argia sedula in tandem with conspecific onlooker

Aesthetically this wasn't the shot I was searching for but I have been wanting to capture this type of temporary color change with a non-affected male present as a reference for a long time.

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Blue-faced Ringtail Erpetogomphus eutainia

Observer

briangooding

Date

July 7, 2019 10:36 AM CDT

Description

Male Erpetogomphus eutainia

I found this guy along the trees bordering the river. I couldn't get a nice, clean full-body shot but he allowed me to get within inches. I was practically touching him with the lens when he finally decided to relocate.

You can see clearly the gorgeous collection of greens and blues the adult male of this species sports: whitish teal on the face/frons, deep purplish blue eyes, a neon-like teal on the dorsum of the thorax, and a vibrant lime green laterally on the thorax.

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Five-striped Leaftail Phyllogomphoides albrighti

Observer

briangooding

Date

July 7, 2019 09:36 AM CDT

Description

Young male Phyllogomphoides albrighti

For a long time gomphids were the most foreign of the accessible dragonflies in my area.

Spending the morning surrounded by so many interesting species, most of which were somewhat approachable and/or chaseable (ie: not flying up in the trees) was invigorating and I'm very thankful I got to meet up with friends and see so much activity.

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Russet-tipped Clubtail Stylurus plagiatus

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briangooding

Date

July 7, 2019 08:45 AM CDT

Description

Male Stylurus plagiatus

Pretty laid back as far as clubtails go.

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Russet-tipped Clubtail Stylurus plagiatus

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briangooding

Date

July 7, 2019 09:57 AM CDT

Description

Female Stylurus plagiatus

This was the most numerous anisopteran species I saw on my trip to Gonzales.

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Giant Prairie Robber Fly Microstylum morosum

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briangooding

Date

July 7, 2019 12:33 PM CDT

Description

Microstylum morosum

Flew by my head while I was pausing to rest from the heat and scared the hell out of me.

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Mayflies Order Ephemeroptera

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briangooding

Date

July 7, 2019 12:41 PM CDT

Description

Ephemeropteran predated by arachnid

A beautiful mayfly fulfilling its ultimate purpose.

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Bordered Patch Chlosyne lacinia

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briangooding

Date

July 7, 2019 12:45 PM CDT

Description

Lepidopteran

I found this interesting butterfly while looking for ringtails.

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Eastern Ringtail Erpetogomphus designatus

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briangooding

Date

July 7, 2019 12:43 PM CDT

Description

Male Erpetogomphus designatus obelisking

I was glad to get a few shots of these ringtails and then call it a day.

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Eastern Ringtail Erpetogomphus designatus

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briangooding

Date

July 7, 2019 12:47 PM CDT

Description

Female Erpetogomphus designatus obelisking

I was jealous of their obelisking abilities...the heat was oppressive. This was the only species of anisopteran that I saw readily out the open, away from water. I saw two males and this female, all understandably obelisking in a small patch of vegetation low to the ground.

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Blue-faced Ringtail Erpetogomphus eutainia

Observer

briangooding

Date

July 7, 2019 09:22 AM CDT

Description

Male Erpetogomphus designatus tracking object overhead

Stunning specimen...hard to walk away from these guys.

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Blue-faced Ringtail Erpetogomphus eutainia

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briangooding

Date

July 7, 2019 09:10 AM CDT

Description

Female Erpetogomphus eutainia tracking object overhead

Very good turn out of people and clubtails.

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Blue-faced Ringtail Erpetogomphus eutainia

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briangooding

Date

July 7, 2019 09:18 AM CDT

Description

Male Erpetogomphus eutainia grooming eyes

I had a great time seeing everybody and hanging out on such a cool, pleasant day.

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Great Pondhawk Erythemis vesiculosa

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briangooding

Date

July 7, 2019 10:44 AM CDT

Description

Male Erythemis vesiculosa

As I was trying to track a male Gomphurus vastus flying by me this dragonfly flew by simultaneously and I followed the wrong one by mistake. Still a nice sighting as I hadn't seen one yet during this visit.

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Owlflies Subfamily Ascalaphinae

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briangooding

Date

July 7, 2019 09:14 AM CDT

Description

Owlfly

Found this one while searching for some clubtails along the river.

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Non-biting Midges Family Chironomidae

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briangooding

Date

June 19, 2019 01:53 PM CDT

Description

Male Chironomid

Much larger here than actual physical dimensions.

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Prince Baskettail Epitheca princeps

Observer

briangooding

Date

June 19, 2019 02:08 PM CDT

Description

Male Epitheca princeps

I took a walk after lunch to search for Macromia illinoiensis (and hopefully M. taeniolata). I didn't see any until the last quarter mile on the way back, and then only two, both sub-adults.

However, I did see an abundance of this species, more than 25 hung up amongst both sides of a 0.75 mile stretch along the Trinity River.

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briangooding

Date

June 19, 2019 02:48 PM CDT

Description

Male asilid

I don't recall seeing this species before--the shape of the terminal appendages looked more elaborate than what I usually see.

He was tucked away a bit with some leaves in front and I was unable to get an unobstructed lateral view. I also saw Laphria macquartii but did not see any of the Promachus bastardii that I saw the other day at Colleyville Nature Center..

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Jade Clubtail Arigomphus submedianus

Observer

briangooding

Date

June 18, 2019 12:15 PM CDT

Description

Arigomphus submedianus in copula

I unknowingly walked right by these two and scared them which caused them to flee, in turn scaring the hell out of me as they almost clipped my head. Thankfully I was able to catch up with them for a little while.

I went back and forth between photographing them and other nearby insects for 15 minutes or so and the entire time the male appeared to be removing sperm. Unfortunately for him, I also scared them again by getting too close and they separated. So unless he caught up with her later he essentially helped with easing the propagation of another male's DNA.

I felt really bad as an accidental participant in this sequence of events.

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Prince Baskettail Epitheca princeps

Observer

briangooding

Date

June 18, 2019 12:34 PM CDT

Description

Female Epitheca princeps (with part of exuvial labial mask still present)

I took a walk on lunch and saw this baskettail and at the time thought she must've been stunned/killed while ovipositing by a fish or duck. I took a few shots but didn't investigate further as nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

Upon closer inspection it seems the dragonfly has retained part of the exuviae on its face (see second photo). I returned in the late afternoon when I got a chance hoping to pick her up out of the water and see if more of the exuviae was present/she didn't totally complete ecdysis. Unfortunately the dragonfly was gone and I as I walked around the entire pond I suspected a duck had plucked her up, forever sealing this as one of the great mysteries of all time. ;)

It would've made more sense if some emerging complication rendered this mostly externally physically sound more likely to expire early. She could've also just gotten trapped in the water and died of exhaustion or overheating.

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