PACIFIC SPIKETAIL  Cardulegaster dorsalis

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It is not much of a creek at all just a spring-fed rivulet through oak savanna along the trail to Wagon Caves in The Indians section of Los Padres National Forest. I was looking at bluets and dancers, and searching for my elusive Monterey County Walker's Darner on 9 Sep 2006, when a big black-and-yellow dragon zipped past me at this spot. I snapped this shot (right) to show the habitat. A few moments later in came downstream and suddenly landed in the brown weeds you can see. I took some photos (below) and later found it, or another, a few hundred yards upstream as well. Hard to say whether this was one or two spiketails, as both were males.
 
I don't really know what is going on with this stuff. Before the last few days I had despaired of ever getting photos of this always-in-flight dragonfly. Perhaps they are getting a bit worn out and tired at the end of the day near the end of their flight season . . . .

 
Literature reviewed:
Manolis, T. 2003. Dragonflies and Damselflies of California. Calif. Natural Hist. Guide 72. Univ. of Calif., Berkeley, CA.
PHOTOS: All photos are © 2006 Don Roberson; all rights reserved.

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