Checkered Setwing, Dythemis fugax, in Maricopa Co., AZ: new county record

June 15, 2013

The Checkered Setwing can be common at ponds, mostly in the south and east of Arizona. It is also found in Yavapai County, but had until now not been seen in Maricopa County. On 15 June 2013 five (conservative estimate) individuals were found at a pond along the Verde River, E. of Fountain Hills. Four of these individuals are shown below. The presence of multiple individuals (inc. one immature) suggests local breeding and provides a first record for the species in Maricopa County.

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Checkered Setwing, Male, Pond along Verde River E. of Fountains Hills, Maricopa, AZ, 15 June 2013

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Checkered Setwing, Male, Pond along Verde River E. of Fountains Hills, Maricopa, AZ, 15 June 2013

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Checkered Setwing, Male, Pond along Verde River E. of Fountains Hills, Maricopa, AZ, 15 June 2013

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Checkered Setwing, Pond along Verde River E. of Fountains Hills, Maricopa, AZ, 15 June 2013

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