Swarm Sunday: 9/27/15 – 12/20/15

Dragonfly Swarm Project logoThanks to work, I haven’t had much time to blog recently, but I wanted to get the remaining swarms reported from 2015 up before the end of the year.  Swarms were reported from the following locations since early October, the normal end of the season:

USA:

Santa Monica, CA
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Holmes Beach, FL
Indian Shores, FL
Lakeland, FL
Miami, FL
Naples, FL
Panama City Beach, FL
Pompano Beach, FL
Santa Rosa Beach, FL (2 swarms)
Sarasota, FL (2 swarms)
Sunrise, FL
Wichita, KS
Somerset, KY
Vineland, NJ
Austin, TX
Gilchrist, TX

India:

Bangalore (2 swarms)

Mexico:

Cancun

Belize:

Dangriga

Here is the US map for the fall flights:

10.4.15 to 12.19.15

 

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The end of the swarm season was interesting this year!  It lasted quite a lot longer into October than usual and a couple American swarms were reported in November.  The past 5 years, a very few swarm reports have been submitted the first two weeks in October, so the late swarms this year were a good 2-6 weeks later than normal.  The season started a few weeks late this year, too, and it stayed warm a lot longer into the fall in the east than typical, so there was a lot potentially coming into play here.  What’s really odd about this map is that there are three swarms reported from areas fairly far north much later in the season than I would expect them.  Most of the swarms should be much further south by early October, so it’s very strange to see a swarm as far north as New Jersey that late in the year.

There have been a few winter reports made from closer to the equator, from Belize and southern Mexico.  These are normal, but it’s always exciting to see activity further south.  Are the dragonflies they’re seeing the same dragonflies we saw in the fall?  It’s impossible to tell with the way I collect data, but it’s fun to think that they might be.

I totally dropped the ball reporting the annual findings last year, but I’m almost ready to post the findings from 2015.  Look for the first post next weekend most likely!  It’s been an interesting year.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Dragonfly Swarm Project in 2015!  I’ve got some exciting new opportunities coming up next year that I’ll share soon and I’m looking forward to the next season.  In the meantime, if you see any swarms, I hope you’ll report them!  This is a slow time of year, but I get a lot of very interesting reports from many sites across the world in the winter.  I’ll gladly take reports!

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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: 9/27/15 – 10/3/15

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The swarming season is definitely slowing down, though there were two areas this week that saw a fair bit of activity.  Swarms were reported from the following locations in the last week:

USA:

Miami Beach, FL
Miami Shores, FL
Pompano Beach, FL

Yorktown, IN
Omaha, NE (8 swarms)

Here is the US map for last week:

9.27.15 to 10.3.15

 

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There’s been a big event in Omaha and/or Lincoln, Nebraska each year since I started this project and it took place last week.  A big migration moved through the Omaha area and several people reported it.  There were also a handful of swarms reported from southern Florida (and there have been others reported since then too), so it looks like some of our eastern dragonflies might be headed across the ocean to Central or South America soon!

I’ll post again next week since I’ve already gotten some reports this week, but the season is definitely winding down.  Here’s hoping we’ll see one more big burst in activity before the dragonflies disappear for the 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 (on Monday): 9/20/15 – 9/26/15

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Thanks to attending a conference with very limited internet connection this weekend, this is a day late.  However, we’re transitioning into fall, so the swarm activity is way down this week – not a lot to report anyway!  Swarms were reported from the following locations in the last week:

USA:

Phoenix, AZ
Panama City Beach, FL
Port St. Joe, FL
Sarasota, FL
St. Petersburg, FL
Blackshear, GA
Council Grove, KS
Kansas City, KS
Ludington, MI
Kansas City, MO
Fort Worth, TX

Here is the US map for last week:

 

9.20.15 to 9.26.15

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A bit of an odd arrangement of reports this week!  A few in the south, where I’d expect them to be, but there is still a small amount of activity in the upper and central Midwest.  Odd!  Still no migration in the western US this year, which seems to fit well with the limited migratory reports in the east overall.  With some definite exceptions, cities that had huge migratory events, there hasn’t been a whole lot of movement reported this year.  Very interesting.

I suspect the season is almost over and that I’ll only get a few reports this week.  Hope you’ll take a moment to submit a report if you see a swarm!  Anything this late in the year is exciting.

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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: 9/13/15 – 9/19/15

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Well, things have definitely slowed down!  After a big, bright burst of swarming activity over the last three weeks, we’re suddenly headed into fall.  Swarms were reported in the following locations over the last week:

USA:

Marco Island, FL
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Hamburg, IA
Hillsboro, IL
Parkton, MD
Silver Spring, MD
North Topsail, NC (2 swarms)
Oak Island, NC
Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Surf City, NC (2 swarms)
Topsail Beach, NC
Alpine, NJ
Cherry Hill, NJ
Somerdale, NJ
College Point, NY
New York, NY
Mustang, OK
Hawley, PA
Lehighton, PA
West Chester, PA

Here is the US map for last week:

9.13.15 to 9.19.15

 

 

 

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Still not a lot of migratory action being reported, but last week there was a significant migratory movement in my own state of North Carolina.  I heard about this migration through my project, via e mails, and some people even came to tell me all about it after a talk I gave on dragonflies at the museum where I work yesterday.  Otherwise, it was a pretty quiet week!  Little bit of activity along coastal New England, but very little inland.

I’ve gotten over 700 swarm reports so far this year!  Hoping I’ll end up with 800+, which would make this a pretty good year for swarming dragonflies overall.  Keep sending in reports as you see 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 (on Monday): 8/30/15 – 9/12/15

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Reporting on two weeks of data once again, but there’s been a lot going on recently! Swarms were reported from the following locations over the last two weeks:

USA:

El Cajon, CA
Foresthill, CA
Studio City, CA
Ventura, CA
Branford, CT
Clinton, CT
East Haven, CT
Middletown, CT
Redding, CT
Daytona Beach, FL
Britt, IA
Council Bluffs, IA (2 swarms)
Davenport, IA
Dubuque, IA
Grinnell, IA
Osceola, IA
Oskaloosa, IA
Sergeant Bluff, IA
Sioux City, IA
Traer, IA
Waukee, IA
Arlington Heights, IL
Beardstown, IL
Beecher IL
Bensenville, IL
Bloomington, IL
Crestwood, IL (2 swarms)
Dawson, IL
Dekalb, IL
Downs, IL
Geneva, IL
Germantown Hills, IL
Gurnee, IL
Homewood, IL (2 swarms)
Jacksonville, IL
Lawrenceville, IL
Liberty, IL
Mackinaw, IL
Midlothian, IL
Monmouth, IL
Oak Forest, IL
Oak Park, IL
Oakwood, IL
Philo, IL
Silvis, IL
St. Joseph, IL (3 swarms)
Sterling, IL
Sycamore, IL
Tinley Park, IL (2 swarms)
Urbana, IL (2 swarms)
Western Springs, IL
Wilmette, IL
Arcadia, IN
Centerville, IN
Cowan, IN
Fowlerton, IN (2 swarms)
Frankfort, IN
Laporte, IN
Lebanon, IN
Milton, IN
Rushville, IN
South Bend, IN
Terre Haute, IN
Tipton, IN
Vevay, IN
Atchison, KS
Bonner Springs, KS
Burrton, KS
Girard, KS
Goddard, KS
Newton, KS
Overland Park, KS
Ashland, KY (2 swarms)
Brooksville, KY
London, KY
Shelbyville, KY
Amesbury, MA
Dighton, MA
Huntington, MA
Ipswich, MA (2 swarms)
Newbury, MA
Newburyport, MA
Clarksburg, MD
Baroda, MI
Dowling, MI
East Tawas, MI
Lasalle , MI
Roseville, MI
Apple Valley, MN
Butterfield, MN
Dennison, MN (2 swarms)
Lakeville, MI
Blue Springs, MO
Cameron, MO
Clinton, MO
Edina, MO
Holt, MO
Kansas City, MO (3 swarms)
Kirksville, MO
Lee’s Summit, MO
Memphis, MO
Odessa, MO
Platte City, MO
Plattsburg, MO
Richland, MO
Richmond, MO
Troy, MO
Warrensburg, MO
Asheville, NC
Bismarck, ND
Eagle, NE
Firth, NE
Omaha, NE
Exeter, NH
Hampton, NH
Kensington, NH (3 swarms)
Moultonborough, NH
South Hampton, NH
Alloway Township, NJ
Livingston , NJ
Long Valley, NJ
Paramus, NJ
Ringoes, NJ
Somerset, NJ
Trenton, NJ
West Caldwell, NJ
Woolwich Township, NJ
Bayside, NY
Cleveland, NY
Cutchogue, NY
Greenburgh, NY
Lacona, NY
Warners, NY
Brookville, OH
Butler, OH
Chauncey, OH
Cincinnati, OH (3 swarms)
Columbus, OH (8 swarms)
Convoy, OH
Covington, OH
Cumberland, OH
Dayton, OH (3 swarms)
Delaware, OH (2 swarms)
Derby, OH
Dublin, OH (4 swarms)
Dunkirk, OH
Enon, OH
Fostoria, OH
Frankfort, OH
Galloway, OH (2 swarms)
Hartford, OH
Lancaster, OH
Lewis Center, OH (2 swarms)
Lynchburg, OH
Madeira, OH
Mount Victory, OH
New Holland, OH
New Madison, OH
New Richmond, OH
Plain City, OH
Sylvania, OH
Tontogany, OH
Upper Sandusky, OH
Utica, OH
Wilmington, OH
Milford. OH
Allentown, PA
Avondale, PA
Huntingdon Valley, PA
Knoxville, PA
Macungie, PA
Willisport, PA
Simpsonville. SC
Chattanooga, TN
Mountain City, TN
Georgetown, TX
Port Allen, TX
Batesville, VA
Big Stone Gap, VA
Fairfax, VA
Lebanon, VA
Bellows Falls, VT
Granton, WI
Madison, WI
Milwaukee, WI
Monroe, WI
Huntington, WV

Canada:

Burlington, ON
Oakville, ON
St. George, ON
Toronto, ON (2 swarms)

And here are the US maps for the last two weeks:

8.30.15 to 9.5.15

9.6.15 to 9.12.15

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We’re still a little light on migratory swarm reports this year, but the dragonflies do at least appear to be shifting southward finally.  Last week, the swarms went from being quite abundant in the Great Lakes region and upper New England to the upper midwest, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  There have been very few reports from the southern states at all this year, but people in the Mid-Atlantic state, the Deep South, Arkansas, and Texas are likely to start seeing a lot more dragonflies over the next week to two weeks as the dragonflies from the northern part of the country start making their way further south.

Still no western migration!  Could start any day.  I’ve been keeping a close eye on all of the northwestern dragonfly listservs and online groups in addition to what’s reported here and there’s so far nothing to report from that area.

Given the big number of reports over the last two weeks, I think the season has peaked and we’re headed into the fall slump this week or next week.  Still, keep an eye out for swarms!  You never know when and where you might see one, and I hope you’ll report any 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 (on Monday): 8/16/15 – 8/29/15

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Reporting on two weeks of data again – and a day later than I’d like – but here’s the latest update!  Swarms were reported from the following locations over the last two weeks:

USA:

Napa, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Erie, CO
Ansonia, CT
Branford, CT
Colebrook, CT
East Hartland , CT
Guilford, CT
Norfolk, CT (2 swarms)
Woodbury, CT
Ellijay, GA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Davenport, IA
Muscatine, IA
Springdale, IA
Swisher, IA
Waukon, IA
Galesburg, IL
Skokie, IL
Bloomfield, IN
Hamilton, IN
Terre Haute, IN
Olathe, KS
Burlington, KY
Colrain, MA
Ipswich, MA
Manchester, MA
North Adams, MA
Pittsfield, MA
Plymouth, MA
Raynham, MA
Rowley, MA
Sandisfield, MA
Scituate, MA
West Brookfield, MA (2 swarms)
Williamsburg, MA
Winchendon, MA
Lebanon, ME
Portland, ME
Waldoboro, ME
Ann Arbor Township, MI
Twin Lake, MI
Troy, MO
Webb City, MO
New Bern, NC
Oak Island, NC
Elk City, NE
Omaha, NE (2 swarms)
Amherst, NH
Portsmouth, NH
Asbury Park, NJ
Voorhees, NJ
Bearsville, NY
Brooklyn, NY
Gouverneur, NY
Hancock, NY
Napanoch, NY
New York, NY
Waterloo, NY
Woodstock, NY
Chillicothe, OH
Poland, OH
Quincy, OH
Downingtown, PA
Shinglehouse, PA
Susquehanna, PA
East Greenwich, RI
Warwick, RI
Austin, TX
Kingsville, TX
Seminole, TX
Colchester, VT
South Newfane, VT
Black Earth, WI
Brookfield, WI
Burlington, WI

Canada:

Tatamagouche, NS
Dwight, ON
Hamilton, ON
Hamilton, ON

Germany:

Dresden, Saxony

And this one didn’t happen in this two-week period, but I can’t help but post it anyway because I’m really excited about this one:

Kazakhstan:

Astana

And here are the US maps for the last two weeks:

8.16.15 to 8.22.15

8.23.15 to 8.29.15

Click the maps to enlarge!

Not many migratory events have been reported yet, but I think that’s coming soon, sometime in the next week or two.  The activity over the past few weeks is the sort of conditions we normally see right before the migration of the common green darners – lots of reports from the Great Lakes region, a few in Nebraska (that’s always a good indicator for some reason!), and dragonflies massing in New England.  Next week or the week after, I’d expect those masses to start shifting southward so that we’ll see a lot more activity in Virginia, the Carolinas, Missouri, and Arkansas as the dragonflies start following the eastern coast and the midwestern rivers toward the Gulf of Mexico.

No indication that the western migration has begun at all yet!  I start looking for reports of dragonflies swarming in Montana, Idaho, and southern Canada and you’ll usually see the Washington-Oregon migration of the variegated meadowhawks shortly afterwards.  No sign of anything so far this year though!

All this means that we’re heading into the prime swarming season very soon.  If you see a swarm, please report it.  We can follow the big swarms down the coasts and rivers if people report the swarms they 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

What Visited My Blacklight Last Week (Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday)

I am part of a grant that is bringing together science and writing by partnering science museums, like the one where I work, with local chapters of the National Writing Project to create K-12 educational programs.  I’ll share more specifics about the activities we’re offering later (they’ll be online, so you can participate too!), but the activity that my team is developing and rolling out to the public next month explores nocturnal insects.  As my team’s science museum representative, it falls to me to create the science-related content that supports our activities – field guides, photos, videos, etc.  One of the things the English teachers and poets on my team really wanted was a time-lapse video of my blacklight sheet.  So, I took a camera out a few nights ago, snapped 2700 photos of my sheet, and this is the result:

Now, what I get on my blacklighting sheet in North Carolina is nothing compared to what I used to see in Arizona, but it’s still interesting to see what came to the light.  My favorite part: the damsel bug that shows up in about the last 30 seconds and starts eating other insects on the sheet.  :)

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy a glimpse at the insects I’ve been seeing at my backyard blacklight recently!

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