Swarm Sunday – 2/2012 – 6/17/2012

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The dragonfly swarm season is starting up again!  It’s getting a slow start, but it’s definitely happening.  It seems like a lot of areas of the US had really strange weather over the past year, so it’s going to be interesting to see what happens with the swarming patterns this year.  There could be more, there could be less, there could be no change – who knows?!  But that’s something we’ll be able to explore together this year.

Since my last Swarm Sunday in January, the following swarms have been reported:

USA:

Satellite Beach, FL
Rocky River, OH
Blythewood, SC
Abington, MA
South Salem, NY
Worcester, MA
Stoddard, WI

Mexico:

Cancun (5 reports)

Overall, there haven’t been all that many reports yet, but things are starting to pick up.  One thing that I didn’t hear about, something I expected to crop up in my data at some point and never did, was the swarming season in Australia.  Either it didn’t happen this year or it happened and I didn’t get any reports, but I haven’t gotten a single Australian swarm report this year.  Strange, but interesting.

I also wanted to point out that Bug Girl wrote a blog post about migrations in dragonflies recently and it’s got some good links.  In particular, she beat me to the punch in announcing that the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership is starting to collect data!  If you want to get involved and help us understand dragonfly migration patterns, I encourage you all to join Dragonfly Pond Watch.  It’s easy!  You simply visit the same pond multiple times throughout the year and report any green darners (Anax junius) or black saddlebags (Tramea lacerata) you see.  There are only two species to learn and they’re very distinctive, so I hope many of you will choose to get involved!

In the meantime, start looking out for swarms!  I hope it’s going to be a great season!

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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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2 thoughts on “Swarm Sunday – 2/2012 – 6/17/2012

  1. Your post caused me to look through my dragonfly photos and recall the magical September day I saw dozens of common green darners mating over a shallow pond. Thanks for the reminder.
    Hope you enjoy the south. Get a kayak if you can.

    • Glad I could remind you of a good day! And I would love to get a canoe (I’m not a kayak person), but it’s going to have to wait until we get a house and get out of our apartment. There’s no room here!

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