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Maine 2012

6 July - Troy, Marla, Cheyenne, Diana, and I decided to travel to Maine. Troy and I wanted to get several species of dragonflies and damselflies that we had never seen. The girls wanted to see Niagara Falls and the Maine coast. Also, this was a part of the country that none of us had ever seen. The first night was spent at Winding Star campground in southeastern Oklahoma. Diana and I got there late because we had get Juanita on an airplane to Colorado. She stayed with Diana's sister, Becky, for the next three weeks.

7 July - We left Winding Star early (there weren't any Emeralds flying) and headed for Lane Springs Recreation area south of Rolla, Missouri. My pickup had over heating problems going up some of the hills, but I had to wait until Monday to do anything about it. It rained just before we got to Lane Springs RA. Just before dark one of the open areas at the picnic grounds had a lot of dragonflies flying. Troy caught a couple of Clamp-tipped and Mocha Emeralds for photographs. I also set out the bug light to see what would come in.

MISSOURI: Phelps County, Lane Springs Recreation area just before dark.

Below are four of the moth species that we found at our light.

Calledapteryx dryopterata
Adoneta spinuloides
Apoda biguttatua
Polygrammate hebraeicum
8 July - Troy and I got up early and headed over to Kaintock Hollow to check on an area we had scouted back in June. We were looking for Hine's Emerald. No Hine's, but we did see more Clamp-tipped and Mocha Emeralds. A few other odes were seen, but nothing that we hadn't seen before.
Somatochlora linearis (Mocha Emerald)
Somatochlora tenebrosa (Clamp-tipped Emerald)
Speyeria cybele (Great Spangled Fritillary)
Wallengrenia egeremet (Northern Broken-dash Skipper) nectaring on Buttonbush

We left Kaintock Hollow at 11:00 am and then Lane Springs at 11:30 am for Buck Creek State Park in Ohio. We got there about 10:00 pm.

9 July - On the way out of the park, we stopped below the dam (Clarence J. Brown Dam) to look for Emeralds. A couple of things we found here.

Sympetrum semicinctum (Band-winged Meadowhawk)
Somatochlora tenebrosa (Clamp-tipped Emerald)
We finally headed for Buzzard Swamp in Forest County, Pennyslvania at about 11:00 am. Buzzard Swamp was a good stop. I wish we could have stayed longer, but we had reservations at our next campground. Below are a few things we saw at the swamp.
Anatrytone logan (Delaware Skipper)
Euphydryas phaeton (Baltimore Checkerspot)
Nehalennia irene (Sedge Sprite)
Leucorrhinia frigida (Frosted Whiteface)
After driving windy and rough roads through northern Pennyslvania especially through Bradford, we arrived at Willow Bay Recreation Area on Allegheny Lake at 9:30 pm. Troy found a couple of Allegheny Dusky Salamander under rocks in the creek. I set up the bug light, but there were not many bugs.
Clostera strigosa
Nematocampa resistaria
10 July - Before leaving for Niagara Falls, New York, Troy and I looked up and down the creek for awhile.
PENNYSLVANIA: McKean County, Willow Bay Recreation area on Allegheny Lake. Almost packed and ready to go.
PENNYSLVANIA: McKean County, Willow Bay Recreation area on Allegheny Lake. Nice campground.
Polygonia interrogationis (Question Mark)
Desmognathus ochrophaeus (Allegheny Dusky Salamander)
Libellula pulchella (Twelve-spotted Skimmer)
PENNYSLVANIA: McKean County, Allegheny Lake.
Diana enjoying her trip to Niagara Falls.
Troy, Cheyenne, and Marla with their dogs at the falls.
NEW YORK: Niagara County, Niagara Falls. Lots and lots of people from all over the world visiting the falls. If you like big crowds, then this is the place for you. The photos above show various scenes of the falls and surrounding area. Rainbow bridge goes to Canada, but we didn't go over there. After spending a few hours at the falls we headed for our next camp site, Delta Lake State Park, near Rome, New York. The only thing I took a photo of there was a toad.
Anaxyrus americanus (American Toad), NEW YORK: Oneida County, Delta Lake State Park.
11 July - Headed for the Adirondacks. We couldn't resist stopping at the Moose River at NY 28 north of Otter Lake. Didn't see very many odes, but did find a couple of turtles.
Chelydra serpentina (Common Snapping Turtle)
Glyptemys insculpta (Wood Turtle)
The Moose River: the NY 28 bridge, old dam, and looking looking up river. We ate lunch and headed on up NY 28 to NY 3. Our next stop was Grassy Pond in Hamilton County. This was a great place for odes.
Diana on the trail to Grassy Pond.
Grassy Pond, Hamilton County, New York in the Adirondacks. Below are a few things that we saw there. The pond was lined with floating sphagnum that you could walk on without getting too wet.
Dorocordulia libera (Racket-tailed Emerald). My first of the trip.
Lithobates clamitans (Green Frog) A very mottled one.
Leucorrhinia glacialis (Crimson-ringed Whiteface)
Sarracenia purpurea (Purple Pitcher Plant)

On the road again through the Adirondack Mountains on our way to northern New Hampshire.The above three shots are along NY 3 headed for Plattsburgh, NY.

Northern Lake Champlain before we crossed over into Vermont. We got to see most of Vermont in the dark.

A Vermont farm house late in the afternoon. Franklin County along VE 105. Arrived at our next campsite after 12:30 am. Deer Mountain camp ground.

12 July - Deer Mountain camp site in Connecticut River State Forest, Coos County, New Hampshire on the Connecticut River. We spent two nights there (only 5 miles from the Canadian border).

Camp site entrance off of US 3 just south of the Canadian border. The upper end of the Connecticut River. Troy and I spent several hours up and down the river looking for odes. The girls hiked, biked, and read. I also set up bug light.
Eurycea bislineata (Northern Two-lined Salamander)
Calopteryx amata (Superb Jewelwing)
Cordulia shurtleffii (American Emerald)
Euchlaena muzaria (Muzaria Euchlaena)
Lanthus parvulus (Northern Pygmy Clubtail)
Lithobates septentrionalis (Mink Frog)
Ophiogomphus carolus (Riffle Snaketail)
Paonias excaecata (Blinded Sphinx)
Hemaris thysbe (Hummingbird Clearwing)
Deer Mountain Lake above our camp ground.
Scott's Bog Lake and Scott's Bog Creek. The most snaketails I had ever seen at one spot.
Cordulegaster diastatops (Delta-spotted Spiketail)
Ophiogomphus carolus (Riffle Snaketail) female
Somatochlora albicincta (Ringed Emerald)
Silene vulgaris (Bladder Champion)
13 July - Packed and headed for Hastings Recreation Area, White Mountains National Forest, Maine. On the way through Dixville, I had to take a photo of Balsom Resort.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Coos County, Dixville, Balsom Resort off of NH 26. How would you like to stay there for a night? We then traveled down a road across and southeast from Umbagog State Park on Lakeside Road. The girls left us here to head for our next campsite. Troy and I stopped at three locations along this road, 2.3 miles (stream) and 3.8 - 4 miles (roadside pond and along road). We found several emeralds and a few other odes.
Amphiagrion saucium (Eastern Red Damsel)
Amphiagrion saucium (Eastern Red Damsel)
Chromagrion conditum (Aurora Damsel)
Leucorrhinia hudsonica (Hudsonian Whiteface)
Lilium canadense (Canadian Lily)
Ophiogomphus aspersus (Brook Snaketail)
Somatochlora forcipata (Forcipate Emerald) posed female
Somatochlora walshii (Brush-tipped Emerald) posed male
We got to Hastings Recreation area at 2:30 pm. Diana and the girls were aready there and had our camp site picked out. No photos of the camp site. I wish I had taken some because it was a nice site. We found a few things before dark.
Cordulegaster diastatops (Delta-spotted Spiketail)
Lithobates palustris (Pickerel Frog)
Boyeria vinsosa (Fawn Darner)
Aeshna umbrosa (Shadow Darner)
Anaxyrus americanus (American Toad) This is one of the coolest toads I have ever seen.
14 July - Got up early and headed for our next camp ground, Mattawamkeag Wilderness camp ground east of Mattawamkeag in northcentral Maine. This was a hot and humid area with millions of mosquitoes. It was a good thing we had electricity.
On the way to Mattawamkeag, Diana and I stopped at a roadside park at Skowhegan on the Kennebec River in Somerset County.
This Eastern Chipmunk was captured with the camera at the roadside park.
Mattawamkeag Wilderness Park is bordered by the Penobscot River and the Mattawamkeag River. Our granddaughter, Cheyenne, in the foreground.
Calopteryx aequabilis (River Jewelwing) male and female
Leucorrhinia intacta (Dot-tailed Whiteface)
Ladona julia (Chalk-fronted Corporal)
Leucorrhinia proxima (Belted Whiteface)
Lithobates sylvatica (Wood Frog)
15 July - Steve Collins met up with us to look for odes with us. This day we went to the 1000 acre Heath by way of Engstrom and Weir Roads south of Lee, Penobscot County, Maine. At one spot on Engstrom Road we had over a 100 Emeralds swarming, most were Clamp-tipped Emeralds.
The top photo is of Weir Road sometimes called the "Somatochlora Road". We found more on the road than we did on the Heath. This was a very fascinating area. Below are a few of the plants and animals we saw either on the road or on the Heath.
Aeshna canadensis (Canada Darner)
Cordulia shurtleffii (American Emerald) female
Dorocordulia libera (Racket-tailed Emerald) female
Enallagma ebrium (Marsh Bluet)
Gomphus borealis (Beaverpond Clubtail) female
Lycaena epixanthe (Bog Copper)
Platanthera psycodes (Lesser Purple-fringed Orchid)
Sarracenia purpurea (Purple Picture Plant)
Somatochlora forcipata (Forcipate Emerald) posed
Somatochlora incurvata (Incurvate Emerald) female posed
Somatochlora incurvata (Incurvate Emerald) female
Somatochlora walshii (Brush-tipped Emerald)
Satyrodes eurydice (Eyed Brown)
Enallagma minusculum (Little Bluet)
16 July - We tried to go to Baxter State Park for the day, but they did not allow dogs, so we went to the Gulf Hagus area instead (part of the North Woods, Jo Mary Forest). Our first stop was Katadin Ironworks ruins off of ME 11 south of Millinocket in Piscataquis County, Maine.
Red Squirrel
Thamnophis sirtalis (Common Gartersnake)
On the trail to Augus Falls crossing the Pleasant River, Gulf Hagus, Jo Mary Forest which is a part of the Maine North Woods.
Cheyenne and Diana in front of the falls.
Platanthera psycodes (Lesser Purple-fringed Orchid)
17 July - It was cloudy and rainy all day on our way to the next camping spot, Machias River on ME 9 in Washington County. There wasn't much out and about when we got there.
B.vinosa
S.elongata
18 July - We split up today. The girls decided to head on down to the coast and see a few sites and work their way to Acadia National Park and meet Troy and me at our next campground, Seawall, in the park. Troy and I stayed at the Machias River and West Branch Creek all morning and then went down and met them later in the afternoon. We were trying to get Pygmy Snaketail and Extra-striped Snaketail. Troy got a Extra-striped early, but it wasn't still there when went to look for it. We are pretty sure we say a few Pygmy's, but could not catch one.
The Machias River at ME 9. Troy looking for Pygmy Snaketails.
Chelydra serpentina (Common Snapping Turtle)
Calopteryx aequabilis (River Jewelwing)
Gomphus adelphus (Mustached Clubtail)
Hagenius brevistylus (Dragonhunter)
Ophiogomphus aspersus (Brook Snaketail)
Ophiogomphus mainensis (Maine Snaketail)
We met the girls at Sullivan Tidal Falls Preserve in Hancock County on the Maine coast.

The falls, a seastar, and Marla and Cheyenne.

19 July - We looked at various areas in Acadia National Park. Troy, Marla, and Cheyenne hiked some and Diana and I drove around and then met them at Fabbi Picnic area for lunch. We looked at Bass Harbor Lighthouse, Jordan Pond,Visitor Center, Eagle Pond, and Cadillac Mountain.

Coastal areas of Acadia National Park.
Some inland areas and Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park.
View of Acadia National Park from the top Cadillac Mountain.
Coming down from the top of Cadillac Mountain late in the afternoon. Below are a few things we saw on our sight seeing trip around the park.
Catbird at Bass Harbor lighthouse
Celithemis elisa (Calico Pennant) at Jordan Pond
Enallagma minusculum (Little Bluet) at Jordan Pond
Pantala humenaea (Spot-winged Glider) at the visitor center

20 July - We left early for southern New Hampshire, Greenfield State Park in Hillsborough County. It took all day to get there. Diana and I stopped at Cass Pond near Epsom in Merrimack County. I saw several pond species of dragonflies and damselflies.

Libellula cyanea (Spangled Skimmer)
Polites origenes (Crossline Skipper)
I set up the bug light when we got to Greenfield State Park. Below are a couple of moths that we observed.
Deprana arcuata (Arched Hooktip)
Mesoleuca ruficillata (White-ribboned Carpet)
21 July - Troy and I searched in the morning in the park (Greenfield State Park) for odes. There were several ponds and a lake with different habitats. In the afternoon, we went to the Merrimack River and Head's Pond trail near Hooksett. Later in the day we traveled over to Kingston to check out the ball fields for Emeralds. Marla and Cheyenne rode their bicycles on trails near the campsite. Diana read her book and babysat the dogs.
Aeshna tuberculifera (Black-tipped Darner)
Boloria selene (Silver-bordered Fritillary)
Limenitis arthemis (Red-spotted Purple)
Nehalennia gracilis (Sphagnum Sprite)
Argia apicalis (Blue-fronted Dancer)
Celithemis martha (Martha's Pennant)
Enallagma pictum (Scarlet Bluet)
Ischnura kellicotti (Lilypad Forktail)
Opheodrys vernalis (Smooth Green Snake)
22 July - Packed up early and headed south through Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, and into northern Pennyslvania to Salt Springs State Park, PA. It was a very small park, but we had a good spot to spend the night.
The top photo is on the road in western Massachusetts and the lower one is on I-88 south of Albany New York.
Troy, Cheyenne, and Marla with a blurry dog at Salt Springs State Park in northern Pennyslvania.
23 July - Another big travel day. We did stop by Gettysburg National Military Park. Diana and I looked at the free stuff. Troy, Marla, and Cheyenne went through the museum. Our next stop was Spruce Knob camp ground in northeastern West Virginia.
We had to stop to talk with Abe about the world problems but he didn't have any advice (at least that he told us).
24 July - Spruce Knob Camp ground. My pickup gave us trouble all the way up from Virginia into West Virginia. Before we could go any farther, I had to replace the fan clutch. Once I got it loose, the repair was no problem. Before we left Spruce Knob, Troy showed me where the Spruce Knob Salamanders had been found. We found 4 - 5 on the way up to the top of Spruce Knob (the highest point in West Virginia). This is were we split up. Diana and I had to get back earlier than Troy's family, so we went a more direct route home.
View from the top of Spruce Knob.
Desmognathus ochrophaeus (Allegheny Dusky Salamander)
Plethodon nettingi (Netting's or Spruce Knob Salamander)
Thamnophis sirtalis (Common Gartersnake)
On the road again. Along US 33 in eastern West Virginia. Diana and I decided to camp at Fort Boonesboro State Park in Kentucky.
25 July - Before we left Fort Boonesboro, I walked along the Kentucky River for while to see what I could find. Not much was flying.
Chlosyne nycteis (Silvery Checkerspot)
Dromogomphus spoliatus (Flag-tailed Spinylegs)
Poanes zabulon (Zabulon Skipper)
Promachus hinei (Hine's Robberfly)
Cumberland Parkway in south central Kentucky. This is the last photo I have of the trip. Camped at Village Creek State Park in eastern Arkansas.
26 July - Left park early and headed for Toby's house in Millican, Texas.
27 July - Left Toby's for the San Antonio airport to pick up Juanita and Becky. After picking them up, we headed home. 6000+ miles in three weeks.