Swarm Sunday: 6/28/15 – 7/4/15

Dragonfly Swarm Project logoI’m a bit behind on reports, but a lot of swarms have occurred recently!  Swarms were reported from the following locations over the last four weeks:

USA:

Greenwood, AR
Jacksonville, AR
Jonesboro, AR
Paragould, AR
Searcy, AR
Alhambra, CA
Arleta, CA
Camarillo, CA
Glendale, CA
North Hills, CA
Los Angeles, CA (2 swarms)
Orange, CA
Palomar Mountain, CA
Perris, CA
Poway, CA
Redondo Beach, CA
San Clemente, CA
San Diego, CA (2 swarms)
Santa Barbara, CA (3 swarms)
Simi Valley, CA
Topanga, CA
Ventura, CA (2 swarms)
Woodland Hills, CA
Brighton, CO
Colorado Springs, CO
Denver, CO
Jacksonville, FL
Melbourne Beach, FL
Parrish, FL
Athens, IL (2 swarms)
Belleville, IL (2 swarms)
Bourbonnais, IL
Chapin, IL
Chicago, IL ( 5 swarms)
Evanston, IL (4  swarms)
Fairbury, IL
Fox Lake, IL
Pekin, IL
Princeton, IL
Wadsworth, IL
Warrensburg, IL
Argos, IN
Beverly Shores, IN
Columbus, IN
Martinsville, IN
Roanoke, IN
Veedersburg, IN
Barksdale, LA
Leesville, LA
Springfield, LA
Chester, MA (2 swarms)
Wenham, MA
Grosse Pointe, MI (2 swarms)
Port Sanilac, MI
Comfrey, MN
Duluth, MN
Long Beach, MS
Picayune, MS
Poplar Bluff, MO
Winfield, MO
Louisville, NE
Las Vegas, NV
Bayville, NJ
Brigantine, NJ (3 swarms)
Long Valley, NJ
Ocean City, NJ
Wildwood Crest, NJ
Caswell Beach, NC
Holden Beach, NC (3 swarms)
Murphy, NC
North Topsail Beach, NC (2 swarms)
Oak Island, NC
Washington, NC
Wilson, NC
Fargo, ND
Minot, ND
Marblehead, OH
Oklahoma City, OK
Charleston, SC
Hilton Head Island, SC
Little River, SC
Mount Pleasant, SC
Collierville, TN
Germantown, TN
Piperton, TN
Soddy-Daisy, TN (2 swarms)
Euless, TX
Frost, TX
Laredo, TX
Robstown TX
San Antonio, TX (2 swarms)
Bountiful, UT
Logan, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
Sandy, UT
Richland, WA
Greenfield, WI
Milwaukee, WI
Sheboygan, WI

Canada:

Calgary, AB
Falcon Lake, MB
Kingston, ON
Balgonie, SK

Here are the US maps for last four weeks:

7.5.15 to 7.11.15

7.5.15 to 7.11.15

7.12.15 to 7.18.15

7.12.15 to 7.18.15

7.19.15 to 7.25.15

7.19.15 to 7.25.15

7.26.15 to 8.1.15

7.26.15 to 8.1.15

Click the maps to enlarge!

July started off a little slow, with a few swarms reported in the central part of the country along with a cluster in North Carolina.  For whatever reason, there were several swarms reported in drought-ridden  southern California, an area that normally sees very little swarming activity.  Perhaps these are dragonflies about to move to a better area?  The week of July 12th saw a little more activity in the Midwest, with swarms occurring along the Great Lakes, the Illinois River, and the Mississippi River with a smattering of other swarms across the country.  The week of July 19th saw increased activity along the Illinois and Mississippi, but still little along the western coast of Lake Michigan.  A flurry of activity in that area suggests that the migration season is about to begin, and that flurry started last week, the week of July 26.  That coupled with the sightings along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana suggest that the 2015 Midwest migration may have already begun!  It’s a few weeks earlier than normal, so it will be interesting to see if the dragonflies continue southward over the next few weeks or stay in place for a little while before they start moving at their regular time in mid-August.  The coastal migrations have apparently not yet begun, though I suspect they may start in the next few weeks.

Peak swarm season has begun!  If you see swarms, I’d love to hear from you.  Click on the link below to add your story!

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Have you seen a dragonfly swarm? I am tracking swarms so I can learn more about this interesting behavior.  If you see one, I’d love to hear from you!  Please visit my Report a Dragonfly Swarm page to fill out the official report form.  It only takes a few minutes! Thanks!

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Want more information? Visit my dragonfly swarm information page for my entire collection of posts about dragonfly swarms!

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Unless otherwise stated, all text, images, and video are copyright © C. L. Goforth

Swarm Sunday: 6/28/15 – 7/4/15

Dragonfly Swarm Project logoHappy Fourth of July weekend to my American readers – and happy weekend to everyone else!  Let’s take a look at the dragonfly swarming activity of the last week, shall we?  Swarms occurred in the following locations:

USA:

Buckeye, AZ
Santa Barbara, CA
Boulder, CO
Broomfield, CO
Colorado Springs, CO
Denver, CO (2 swarms)
Highlands Ranch, CO
Hudson, CO
Lakewood, CO (2 swarms)
Loveland, CO
Melbourne, FL
Boise, ID
Homedale, ID
Grand Marais, MN
Clayton, NC
Bountiful, UT

Canada:

Thunder Bay, ON

And here is the US map for last week:

6.28.15 to 7.4.15

 

 

 

Click the map to enlarge!

Well, that’s not something you see everyday!  Look how many reports of US dragonfly swarms came from the west!  There is still a lot of action taking place along the Front Range in Colorado, as there was last week, with nearly all contributors reporting severe weather in the area.  There were also reports in Utah, Arizona, and Idaho, all of which rarely see swarms.  The two lone eastern static swarms took place in states bordering the Atlantic and there was a migratory event along the northern edge of Lake Superior recently as well.  Overall, a very odd week, so I can’t wait to see what happens next week!  Will it be another weird week with a lot of western swarms, or will the normal pattern of mostly eastern swarms reassert itself?

We’re heading into the peak season this week or next, so expect to see a larger list of swarms coming soon!

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Have you seen a dragonfly swarm? I am tracking swarms so I can learn more about this interesting behavior.  If you see one, I’d love to hear from you!  Please visit my Report a Dragonfly Swarm page to fill out the official report form.  It only takes a few minutes! Thanks!

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Want more information? Visit my dragonfly swarm information page for my entire collection of posts about dragonfly swarms!

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Unless otherwise stated, all text, images, and video are copyright © C. L. Goforth

Swarm Sunday: 6/21/15 – 6/27/15

Dragonfly Swarm Project logoIt’s Sunday, so time for this week’s swarm report!  Swarms occurred in the following locations over the past week:

USA:

Mobile, AL
Aurora, CO
Boulder, CO
Broomfield, CO (2 swarms)
Centennial, CO
Denver, CO (3 swarms)
Longmont, CO
St. Charles, MO
Long Branch, NJ
Cayce, SC
Spokane, WA

Vietnam:

Hoi An

And here is the US map for last week:

swarm map 6.21.15 to 6.27.15

 

Red pins are static swarms, yellow pins are migratory. Click the map to enlarge!

Clearly there’s something interesting going on in Colorado!  Everyone is reporting flooding and severe storms there, so it looks like a disturbance in the area is stirring up the dragonfly population pretty well.  That seems to happen periodically in Colorado – big storms or fires or floods produce big dragonfly events for a few weeks.  We’ll see if it lasts into next week.  Otherwise, just a few reports scattered across the country, i.e. the normal conditions for this time of year.  Also, a new country for the list where swarms have been reported to date: Vietnam!  That brings the total up to 31 countries, which really highlights the fact that a variety of species do this behavior and it’s not specific to a certain area or group of species.

The season should be picking up soon, so send in reports of any swarms you see!

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Have you seen a dragonfly swarm? I am tracking swarms so I can learn more about this interesting behavior.  If you see one, I’d love to hear from you!  Please visit my Report a Dragonfly Swarm page to fill out the official report form.  It only takes a few minutes! Thanks!

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Want more information? Visit my dragonfly swarm information page for my entire collection of posts about dragonfly swarms!

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Unless otherwise stated, all text, images, and video are copyright © C. L. Goforth

Swarm Sunday: 6/14/15 – 6/20/15

Dragonfly Swarm Project logoThis week was a bit slow swarm-wise, but I thought I’d do a report anyway.  Swarms occurred in the following locations over the past week:

USA:

Boulder, CO
Interlochen, MI
Saint Ignace, MI
Willard, UT

And here is the US map for last week:

Swarm map 6.14.15 to 6.20.15

Red pins are static swarms, yellow pins are migratory. Click the map to enlarge!

Just 4 swarms this week, so not a very exciting week.  Three of the swarms were near big lakes (including one near the Great Salt Lake) and one was quite far from any major bodies of water.  Hard to draw many conclusions from this week’s data apart from the fact that we’re still clearly in the slow part of the year.

If you see a swarm, the link to the report form is below!  I welcome reports of any and all swarms!

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Have you seen a dragonfly swarm? I am tracking swarms so I can learn more about this interesting behavior.  If you see one, I’d love to hear from you!  Please visit my Report a Dragonfly Swarm page to fill out the official report form.  It only takes a few minutes! Thanks!

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Want more information? Visit my dragonfly swarm information page for my entire collection of posts about dragonfly swarms!

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Unless otherwise stated, all text, images, and video are copyright © C. L. Goforth

Swarm Sunday: 3/29/2015 – 6/13/15

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The swarm activity has been rather slow over the last few months, so I’m combining a lot of dates into one report here rather than reporting just one or two swarms each week.  The following swarms have occurred between the end of May and today:

USA:

Goldstream, AK
Boulder, CO (2 swarms)
Homosassa, FL
Lexington, GA
Crystal Lake, IL
Bossier City, LA
Brownville, ME
Hugo, MN
St. Paul, MN
Spicer, MN
White Bear Township, MN
Bloomfield, MI
Bernardsville, NJ
Morris Plains, NJ
Greenville, NC
Lake Waccamaw, NC
Charleston, SC
Port Aransas, TX
Sheboygan, WI
Waupaca, WI

Thailand:

Sritanu, Ko Phangan

And here is the US map for the last month and a half:

3.30.15 to 6.13.15

Red pins are static swarms, yellow pins are migratory. Click the map to enlarge!

Most of the early activity, as in past years, has been static swarming.  Looks like most of the swarms have taken place near bodies of water so far this year, near large lakes and along coastal areas and largely east of the Mississippi River.  It will be interesting to see if more swarms occur inland once the season really starts to pick up, as has happened in past years, or if everything is different this year.  I suspect we’ll see more swarms inland over the next few months, the usual pattern, but only time will tell.

Now that the swarm season has really begun, I’ll start posting more often.  In the meantime, keep sending in those swarm reports!  Every one matters and helps explain what’s going on just a little more.

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Have you seen a dragonfly swarm? I am tracking swarms so I can learn more about this interesting behavior.  If you see one, I’d love to hear from you!  Please visit my Report a Dragonfly Swarm page to fill out the official report form.  It only takes a few minutes! Thanks!

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Want more information? Visit my dragonfly swarm information page for my entire collection of posts about dragonfly swarms!

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Unless otherwise stated, all text, images, and video are copyright © C. L. Goforth

Swarm Sunday: 3/29/2015 – 4/4/2015

Dragonfly Swarm Project logo

 

Not surprisingly, given how early in the year it still is, there weren’t very many swarms reported last week:

USA:

Daytona Beach, FL
Lakeland, FL

And here is the US map:

 

3.29.15 to 4.4.15

Red pins are static swarms, yellow pins are migratory. Click the map to enlarge.

I am not used to getting US reports this early in the year, so it’s exciting to see something different!  I hope I will keep getting reports of dragonflies over the next few months, though this little flurry of activity may stop before the main season resumes in June as usual.  Regardless, this is a great way to start the season and I can’t wait to see what else happens this year!

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Have you seen a dragonfly swarm? I am tracking swarms so I can learn more about this interesting behavior.  If you see one, I’d love to hear from you!  Please visit my Report a Dragonfly Swarm page to fill out the official report form.  It only takes a few minutes! Thanks!

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Want more information? Visit my dragonfly swarm information page for my entire collection of posts about dragonfly swarms!

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Unless otherwise stated, all text, images, and video are copyright © C. L. Goforth

Swarm Sunday: 1/1/2015 – 3/28/2015

Dragonfly Swarm Project logo

 

Well, it’s that time of year again!  Swarms have already started popping up in the US, even though it’s still pretty early to have them.  Here’s the swarms that have been reported since the beginning of the year:

USA:

San Diego, CA
Boynton Beach, FL
Brandon, FL
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Brazil:

Florianopolis, Santa Catarina

South Africa:

Secunda, Mpumalanga

And here is the US map for the first three months of 2015:

1.1.15 to 3.28.15

 

Red pins are static swarms, yellow pins are migratory. Click the map to enlarge!

Though there haven’t been a huge number of swarms reported yet, there was a little flurry of activity this week in Florida with two static swarms and one migratory swarm reported.  I also heard about another Florida swarm on Facebook.  The migratory swarm in San Diego was exciting (at least if you’re me!) as it’s fairly unusual to get those sorts of mass migrations in the western US outside of the variegated meadowhawk migration in Washington and Oregon each fall.  I was very excited about the reports from Brazil and South Africa as they add two new countries to the list of countries where swarms have been reported and bring the total up close to 30 now.  All in all, 2015 is already shaping up to be an interesting year!

I have started seeing a few green darners in North Carolina so far, but nothing else yet.  Here’s hoping there will be a lot more dragonflies out and about soon!

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Have you seen a dragonfly swarm? I am tracking swarms so I can learn more about this interesting behavior.  If you see one, I’d love to hear from you!  Please visit my Report a Dragonfly Swarm page to fill out the official report form.  It only takes a few minutes! Thanks!

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Want more information? Visit my dragonfly swarm information page for my entire collection of posts about dragonfly swarms!

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Unless otherwise stated, all text, images, and video are copyright © C. L. Goforth