Dragonfly watching in the USA

This is a video about damselflies and dragonflies.

From the San Marcos Record in the USA:

Dragonfly watching continues to soar in popularity

By Jerry Hall

Wimberley — I can’t tell a Wandering Glider from a Blue-faced Darner, or a Halloween Pennant from a Black Saddlebags.

Those are all dragonflies and I’ll admit to a depth of ignorance about them equaled only by my mystification at logarithmic equations and differential calculus.

But help is on the way. At 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 20, in the Wimberley community center, I will attend a presentation on “The Amazing World of Odonates,” given by Dr. John Abbott, an entomologist at the University of Texas at Austin.

He’s the guest speaker at the quarterly Wimberley Birding Society meeting and his PowerPoint show is open to the public.

Come join me to learn all about dragonflies and damselflies, a couple of winged wonders in the scientific order of Odonata.

I’m told dragonfly-watching is increasingly popular these days, just behind bird-watching and butterfly-watching.

And it must be true, because there is now an annual festival devoted to dragonflies — Dragonfly Days held each May in the Rio Grande Valley city of Weslaco.

It’s a three-day event that attracts both amateur and professional dragonfly-watchers and is the first such festival in North America.

Dr. Abbott spoke at last year’s Dragonfly Days and noted that Texas has more species of odonates — 213 — than any other state.

There are about 440 species in the U.S. and Canada.

Damselfly picture: here.

From the Google cache of Dear Kitty ModBlog, from 6/22/05:

After gay penguins, a National Geographic article says: Homosexuality has been recorded in a wide range of animals, including beetles, sheep, fruit bats, dolphins, and monkeys.

The article is about recent research on gay blue-tailed damselflies.

Let’s hope for the damselflies’ sake that George W. Bush and the “God hates fags” crowd won’t find out about them, because, as usually, they don’t read science.

Green darner migration monitored with small transmitters: here.

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