Swarm Sunday – 10/2/2011 – 10/8/2011

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And, just like that, it looks like the swarming season is largely over!  As you can see from the list this week, the activity is way down compared to the last few months – and almost all the reports were from the south.  I expect to get a few scattered reports over the next few weeks, but it’s unlikely that I’ll hear about any major events happening again until next summer.  Swarms occurred in the following locations over the last week:


Jekyll Island, GA
Avon, NC
Viera, FL
Prather, CA
Nashville, TN
Emerald Isle, NC
Cincinnati, OH
Beaufort, NC
Franklin, NC
Boonville, IN

I didn’t come across any articles or news reports about dragonfly swarm this week either!  However, last weekend I was interviewed by a science writer, Amy Dusto, who recently started a blog for “science stories” that she gathers.  She shares science with the masses, but she’s also interested in what makes scientists tick.  She saw my project on the Scientific American Citizen Science page and contacted me – and now there’s a whole write-up about my project on her blog!  I’m pretty excited about it.  The Dragonfly Swarm Project was also mentioned on a Smithsonian page this week, included on a list of 14 fun facts about dragonflies.  All the publicity is great!  I’ve gotten just under 1100 reports this year and that will only improve as the project is shared by some of the big names in popular science.

I’ll probably have a few more Swarm Sunday reports and then I’ll start summing up this year’s findings in November.  It has been a very interesting year!


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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2 thoughts on “Swarm Sunday – 10/2/2011 – 10/8/2011

  1. Jekyll Island! That’s where I lived until June! I wonder if I know the person who reported the swarm? I think the bird banding station is going right now, it could have been them…

    • The person who reported the swarm said she was on vacation there and didn’t live in the area, so I doubt it was anyone you know. Funny though – when I got the report, it made me think of you! I’d never even heard of Jekyll Island until I started reading your blog, so apparently I now associate it with you. :)

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