I am all kinds of behind on my weekly swarm reports, but I’m trying to get caught up! Rather than bombard you all with a bunch of swarm posts all at once, today I am going to focus only on the swarms that have been reported so far this month. I’ll post the other weeks as weekly swarm posts, but I am going to backdate them so that they fit in where they should have earlier this summer. Once I get them posted, I’ll make another post here that includes links to all of these new posts containing the data from August and September. Then because the season is mostly over now, I’ll start my yearly wrap-up posts. Getting caught up! Woo!
Swarm reports came from the following locations in October:
Orange Beach, AL
Chaloklum, Koh Phagnan
And here is the map for the month:
Red pins are static swarms, yellow pins are migratory. Click the map to enlarge!
Most of the activity that has taken place this month has, unsurprisingly, taken place in the southern US, with one notable American exception in northern California and a foreign swarm in Thailand (new country, and brings the total up to 26!). Swarm reports have slowed way down, as expected at this time of year, but I did receive a report of a swarm that took place today. That is quite late for a dragonfly swarm in the US and supports my idea that the swarm season would be shifted a few weeks later this year. Normally the last report trickles in around mid-October, but there were several reports submitted at that time and a few more reported after that date. Interesting!
The Dragonfly Swarm Project is still going strong, even if I haven’t been able to get the data online in a timely manner recently, so please keep sending in your reports if you see swarms. These late season swarms are quite interesting, so keep an eye out for unseasonable swarming in your area!
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!
Want more information? Visit my dragonfly swarm information page for my entire collection of posts about dragonfly swarms!
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