For easy reference, the following is a list of all the dragonfly swarm posts I’ve done so far, arranged according to post type.
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Want to see the yearly maps? Visit the maps page!
Dragonfly Swarms: Static Feeding Swarms Detailed information about static dragonfly swarms
From the Literature: Mass Migrations in Dragonflies A summary of a scientific paper that focuses on migratory swarms in dragonflies
From the Literature: Tracking Dragonfly Migrations A summary of another scientific paper about migratory dragonfly swarms, this one focusing on using radio transmitters to track their movements precisely
Migratory Dragonfly Species – Common Species A simple identification guide to the most commonly observed species of dragonflies in migratory swarms. Most of these have also been observed forming static swarms.
Migratory Dragonfly Species – Less Common Species Another identification guide for swarming dragonfly species, this time focusing on the less common species. Most of these have also been observed forming static swarms.
My original post on dragonfly swarms, the one that resulted in this project. I wrote a second post that focused on the dragonfly species in the swarm that is available here: Dragonflies from the swarm.
Dragonfly Swarms Revisited
A post discussing some of the characteristics of the two types of dragonfly swarms, static (feeding) and migratory, based on my first month or so of data collection
After each year of data collection, I will make a report that includes the distribution data, information about the dataset, and the conclusions I’ve made for the year.
2012 Year End Report, Part 1
Includes facts about the dataset, including demographics information and some basic geographic information.
2012 Dragonfly Swarm Project Year-End Report: Distribution of Swarms
Distribution data and maps for the 2012 season.
2012 Dragonfly Swarm Project Year-End Report: Conclusions
Conclusions for the 2012 season.
2012 Dragonfly Swarm Project Year-End Report: What the Data Suggest So Far
A summary of the patterns in the data that help explain how and why dragonflies swarms as well as how they benefit people.
2011 Year-End Report, Part 1
Includes Facts about the dataset, including demographic information and some basic geographic information.
2011 Year-End Report, Part 2
Distribution data and maps for the 2011 season.
2011 Year-End Report, Part 3
Conclusions for the 2011 season
2011 Year-End Report, Part 4
Other observations, project success, and future goals
Using publicly collected data to study dragonfly swarms: Part 1 Includes facts about the dataset, links to news articles and other blog posts about swarms, and other background information.
Using publicly collected data to study dragonfly swarms: Part 2 Includes distribution of swarming activity and the 2010 swarm map.
Using publicly collected data to study dragonfly swarms: Part 3 Includes conclusions from 2010 data.
Swarm Sunday is a weekly feature that I run during the dragonfly swarming season. Each week, I’ll post a list of the locations of all the dragonfly swarms that occurred during the previous week so that everyone can see where dragonfly swarming activity is occurring
2/2012 – 6/17/2012
6/18/2012 – 6/23/2012
6/24/2012 – 6/30/2012
7/1/2012 – 7/7/2012
7/8/2012 – 7/14/2012
7/15/2012 – 7/21/2012
7/22/2012 – 7/28/2012
7/29/2012 – 8/4/2012
8/5/2012 – 8/11/2012
8/12/2012 – 8/18/2012
8/19/2012 – 8/25/2012
8/26/2012 – 9/1/2012
9/2/2012 – 9/8/2012
9/9/2012 – 9/15/2012
9/16/2012 – 9/22/2012
9/23/2012 – 9/29/2012
9/30/2012 – 10/6/2012
10/7/2012 – end of season
1/1/2011 – 6/18/2011
6/19/2011 – 6/25/2011
6/26/2011 – 7/2/2011
7/3/2011 – 7/9/2011
7/10/2011 – 7/16/2011
7/17/2011 – 7/23/2011
7/24/2011 – 7/30/2011
7/31/2011 – 8/6/2011
8/7/2011 – 8/13/2011
8/14/2011 – 8/20/2011
8/21/2011 – 8/27/2011
8/28/2011 – 9/3/2011
9/4/2011 – 9/10/2011
9/11/2011 – 9/17/2011
9/18/2011 – 9/24/2011
9/26/2011 – 10/1/2011
10/2/2011 – 10/8/2011
10/9/2011 – 10/15/2011
10/16/2011 – 10/22/2011
10/23/2011 – 10/29/2011
Dragonfly Swarm Videos
Want to see what a dragonfly swarm looks like? Several people (including me) have put videos of swarms they’ve witnessed on YouTube, so I made a playlist:
There are about 100 videos linked so far, so enjoy!
NOTE: some of the videos have colorful and/or offensive commentary. If you wish to share these with kids, it would be a good idea to preview them first to be sure they’re not going to hear something distasteful.
My project has been featured on other websites. Check out the following links for more information about the origin of the project and how you can get involved!
The Dragonfly Swarm Project is on SciStarter.com! It was the number 5 citizen science project on SciStarter in 2011 too.
A blog post on my ScienceForCitizens.net blog (so far, this is the only post): Why citizen science works for studying dragonfly swarms.
Studying Dragonfly Swarms with Citizen Science, this time on the Science Friday blog.
Science writer Amy Dusto interviewed me and wrote a piece about my project. You can see it online here!
The DSP was featured on the Scientific American Citizen Science page!
The DSP was briefly mentioned on a list of 14 fun facts about dragonflies presented by the Smithsonian.
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!
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