I snuck away from a family gathering for about an hour this afternoon to drive to Hickory Glen Park in Oakland County to see if I could find anything interesting - I was thinking primarily of dragonflies. I haven't seen many dragonflies at all this year, but was rewarded with a new one today.
Above and five below: Female Spangled Skimmer (Libellula cyanea).
I think this is a really pretty little dragonfly. I was excited to see it. When I saw the white stigmas and dark-tipped wings I knew it was one I had not seen before.
It was a flyer and a percher, but mostly a percher and overall quite cooperative.
Above: Slaty Skimmer (Libellula incesta), not new for me, but the first one seen this year.
I also saw Common Whitetails, male, female and immature, and a female Halloween Pennant. I tried for photos of the pennant but it was windy and the spindly little grass it preferred to perch on was waving all over the place. Every one was out-of-focus.
In bright sunny and sandy areas, clumps of butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) were scattered around the woodland trails.