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|Comments Off on Happy Vernal Equinox

Red Alert: Color and Sex 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

Learn Birds and Insects in my Spring and Summer Field Seminars

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.

By | February 23rd, 2016|Birds, Birdwatching, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Moths, Photography|Comments Off on Learn Birds and Insects in my Spring and Summer Field Seminars

“Mexicans” Across the Border

Here along the Rio Grande, wildlife knows no international borders. Here's a damselfly, a butterfly and a bird with Mexican roots (and namesakes).

By | January 8th, 2016|Birds, Butterflies, Dragonflies|4 Comments

The Year in Flight

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.

By | December 31st, 2015|Being Outside, Birds, Botany, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Insects|3 Comments

A Thousand-Year-Old Dragonfly

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.

By | December 7th, 2015|Dragonflies|10 Comments
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