We’re still moving along fairly slowly this year. In the past week, I received reports from the following locations:
Los Angeles, CA
Madison, CT (2 reports)
Long Beach, NY
Port Washington, WI
And here is the map:
Red pins are static swarms, yellow pins are migratory. Click the map to enlarge!
The few swarms reported this week were spread all over everywhere, so it’s hard to even say anything that will wrap up the week. Here’s my summary of last week’s data: there were some swarms. :)
The Dragonfly Swarm Project has been selected as one of the Projects of the Day on SciStarter.com this week and next! In case you all aren’t familiar with SciStarter, it’s an awesome citizen science project aggregator that anyone can use to find citizen science projects that interest them. Apparently the blog post I wrote for them in 2011 is the all time most popular blog post on their site, so they’re helping me build up some buzz about dragonfly swarms this summer. It’s always nice to get some help!
We should be headed into the peak season for swarms here shortly, so be sure to report any you see! I’m hoping it’s going to get really exciting soon.
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!
5 thoughts on “Swarm Sunday: 7/20/14 – 7/26/14”
I’m on my phone, so I can’t read the info about swarms. How many makes a swarm? There were a bunch of them flying around in a grassy area by a creek as I was driving to work this morning. They were circling and as the sun was behind them, I could only see sizes. They were all the same size. I live in Arlington, Texas.
I tend to say a dozen or more, but there’s no hard and fast rule. Did you see that many?
It was probably a couple dozen. I was on my way to work and didn’t have time to stop and enjoy or count.
Swarms continue daily. Between 300 to 500, my location is Bulterville, Arkansas, not Alaska,
Thanks for pointing that out. Stupid typo, but makes a big difference!