Today we launched the Vermont Damselfly and Dragonfly Atlas, which allows anyone to report, track, study, discover or simply enjoy these charismatic insects.
On this day with roughly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness, I bring you two insects.
When a male dragonfly changes color — going from yellow to red — it's a scene in a racy drama worthy of Shakespeare or a soap opera. It turns out that sometimes a male might get along better in life by impersonating a female.
Bursts of color and flight from the wilds of Maine and here in Montpelier, Vermont.
I now get to go outside and play — er, I mean work. My field season, as a consulting biologist and educator, launches like migrating warblers this week, which means you'll find me less often here on the blog.
My "Summer School" for nature features three courses this year. We begin with Better Birdwatching in May, continue with Butterflies and Moths in June, and wrap up the semester with Dragonflies and Damselflies before Independence Day.
Here along the Rio Grande, wildlife knows no international borders. Here's a damselfly, a butterfly and a bird with Mexican roots (and namesakes).
2015 is so almost over. It's nearly history. So rather than offering you the predictable year-in-review, here's 2016 in Preview — some of the life in flight that I expect to see in the new year. You might see it as well if you join me outside for a field trip or a seminar.
Here in the Chihuahuan Desert, where water is scarce and sacred, I encounter an ancient dragonfly. But what dragonfly species is it? Is it even a dragonfly? I report; you decide.
Long after we're gone, when insects rule the world, dragonflies will rule all insects. In the meantime, here's your new manual to dragonflies of Vermont. I'm coauthor with my pal and colleague Dr. Mike Blust.