Vermont Dragonfly and Damselfly Atlas – Season Summary: 10,000 Odes and Growing

Highlights from Vermont's year in dragonflies.

By | December 13th, 2017|Dragonflies, Insects|1 Comment

Your Best Field Guides Aren’t Apps

What's true for movies is true for nature apps: the book is better. If you really want to learn nature, anything from bogs to bumblebees, get an actual book. Here's my buyer's guide.

The Shadow of Halloween

A Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina) and its shadow on the beach at Bahia Honda State Park on Big Pine Key, Florida.

By | October 31st, 2017|Dragonflies|8 Comments

A Tiger in Vermont

Congratulations, Vermont. You've got a new dragonfly — and a "new" plant.

By | August 1st, 2017|Botany, Dragonflies|3 Comments

Insect Alerts

News from the frontiers of blue butterflies and burgundy damselflies.

Vermont’s New Damselfly and Dragonfly Atlas

Today we launched the Vermont Damselfly and Dragonfly Atlas, which allows anyone to report, track, study, discover or simply enjoy these charismatic insects.

By | April 21st, 2017|Dragonflies|7 Comments

Happy Vernal Equinox

On this day with roughly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness, I bring you two insects.

By | March 20th, 2017|Dragonflies, Earth and Sky, Tiger Beetles|0 Comments

Red Alert: Color and Sexual Identity in a Dragonfly

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.

By | August 21st, 2016|Dragonflies, Evolution|4 Comments

The Other Fireworks

Bursts of color and flight from the wilds of Maine and here in Montpelier, Vermont.

By | July 10th, 2016|Being Outside, Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Moths|2 Comments

Into the Wild (and Away from the Screen)

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.

By | May 17th, 2016|Being Outside, Birds, Birdwatching, Dragonflies, Moths|4 Comments
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