Swarm Sunday – 7/1/2012 – 7/7/2012

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What a great week for dragonflies!  Swarms occurred in the following locations:


Gulf Shores, AL
Berryville, AR
Mountain View, AR
Bellvue, CO
Eldorado Springs, CO
Guffey, CO
Littleton, CO
Guilford, CT
Madison, CT
West Haven, CT (2 reports)
Glen Ellyn, IL
La Grange, IL
Oak Park, IL
Riverside, IL
Indianapolis, IN
Springport, IN
Mayfield, KY
Murray, KY
Lafayette, LA
Plaquemine, LA
Fort Leonard Wood, MO
Fredericktown, MO
Marshfield, MO
Ozark, MO
Park Hills, MO
Potosi, MO
St. Robert, MO
Springfield, MO
St Clair Shores, MI
Sea Isle City, NJ
Ventnor City, NJ (2 reports)
Brooklyn, NY
Long Island, NY
New York City, NY
Queens, NY
Staten Island, NY
Corolla, NC
Duck, NC (5 reports)
Alliance, OH
Hamilton, OH
Corryton, TN
Sewanee, TN
Lubbock, TX
San Antonio, TX
New Church, VA

That’s a pretty long list, especially for this time of year, and brings the total number of swarms reported for the US up to 100 already.  Things seem to be heating up a bit early this year, almost a month early compared to last year.  I like it!  The swarming in the midwestern US got going this week, and there were several reports from the southeastern US.  In fact, there was a major event not three hours from where I live in North Carolina!  I was absolutely dying to dash out to the coast to see it, but alas I had to work.  Oh well.  I’m likely to catch a static swarm at work and the annual southward migration lasts for several days in the fall.  Hopefully see my first migratory swarm this year, now that I live in a place that has them!

Most excitingly (that’s a word, right?), there were swarms reported in Texas this week.  The drought was so bad last year that I only got a small handful of reports from the state, so it’s nice to see activity there again.  Hopefully that means they got some rain!

As for dragonfly swarms online, I give you one swarm report in a blog post by writer Amy Dusto.  She interviewed me for her blog last year, so I was thrilled to hear she actually got to see a swarm!  If you’d like to read about her idyllic Fourth of July that ended with a dragonfly swarm sighting, head on over to her blog, Not a Lion.  Sounds like a perfect way to spend the Fourth to me!


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