A reader recently requested that I write a post on the spreadwings (Lestes) in the region—something I had been thinking about for a while, but I haven’t been able to sit down at the blog machine much lately. So for now, I’ll just present a few words and images of one of the more common Northwest Lestes, and the one which is most expected during the tail end of the season in this region (and I think over much of its range, which is a significant portion of the United States and southern Canada).
Facing a forecast of 60°F and sunny skies on a day off from work, I couldn’t pass up the chance to get out to one of my favorite spots in the region and see what was still flying. I went out to Ice House Lake which is just off the Columbia River in Skamania County, Washington. I wrote about a previous visit here in Recent Outings on the Lower Columbia.