New Life List additions in 2020

The anticipation of the hunt and the thrill of discovery — the adrenalin rush from finding the target species is ever more elusive as one gains experience and expertise. Accordingly, the number of additions to my Life List is fewer year after year.

Both species were discovered on the same day when Mike Powell and I were exploring a new location for hunting odonates in Northern Virginia. In fact, both dragonflies were found relatively close to each other, roosting in waist-high vegetation.

Umber Shadowdragon (Neurocordulia obsoleta) [observed only]

Mike discovered this one. Mike called to me and I worked my way to his location as quickly as I could, braving stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) and thorny vegetation. I got there in time to see the dragonfly from the side. Regrettably, it flew away before I could shoot some photos. See Mike’s photo of this uncommon species in a post he entitled “Umber Shadowdragon.”

Splendid Clubtail (Gomphurus lineatifrons)

It’s good to be wrong! What? Initially I misidentified this individual as a Cobra Clubtail dragonfly (Gomphurus vastus). Sincere thanks to Rick Cheicante and Mike Boatwright for setting the record straight!

26 MAY 2020 | Fairfax County, VA | Splendid Clubtail (female)

26 MAY 2020 | Fairfax County, VA | Splendid Clubtail (female)

Related Resource: Splendid Clubtail (Gomphurus lineatifrons).

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3 Responses to “New Life List additions in 2020”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    That was quite a memorable day, Walter. Here’s looking forward to similar ones in 2021.

  2. Wally Jones Says:

    Any addition of a species to one’s life list is truly special. The ability to get out in Nature and simply observe is also special and I am very guilty of taking that ability for granted.

    Hopefully, in this coming New Year, I will be more humble and thankful for what life offers.

    One nice thing about this year has been the discovery of a wonderful new blog, where I have marveled at beauty and learned so much!

    Thank you, Walter!

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