We have posted an update on the actual first state record for Dusky Dancer, Argia translata.
Plains Emerald, Somatochlora ensigera, has been added to the Michigan list based on nymphs collected in Menominee County. Read the blog post here and our article published in the October issue of Argia here.
Darrin O’Brien and I are now Adjunct Curators at the Albert J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection at Michigan State University. We will be working to grow and improve their Odonata collection, including contributing to the DNA and phylogeny work on the genus Somatochlora.
We’ve been hard at work adding many new records to the Michigan database from collections around the state and country, as well as borrowing specimens from various collections to confirm identifications. We are approaching 37,000 records in the database identified to species.
Urban Dragon Hunters has an update on the Band-winged Dragonlet in Michigan, this time in Lenawee Co. Other southern species species seem to be appearing in the north this year. Read the blog post here.
Hine’s Emerald — the only federally-endangered dragonfly — was discovered in new location in Michigan, and the genetics are fascinating. Read about our new paper at Urban Dragon Hunters.
Craves, J.A., A.I. Cognato, D. O’Brien, and M.J. Mahoney. 2022. A new locality and unexpected haplotypes of the federally-endangered Hine’s Emerald dragonfly, Somatochlora hineana (Odonata: Corduliidae). Bulletin of American Odonatology 13(2): 7-17.
The Entomological Society of America published a nice write-up of the research on their blog.