Well, it’s that time of year again! Swarms have already started popping up in the US, even though it’s still pretty early to have them. Here’s the swarms that have been reported since the beginning of the year:
San Diego, CA
Boynton Beach, FL
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Florianopolis, Santa Catarina
And here is the US map for the first three months of 2015:
Red pins are static swarms, yellow pins are migratory. Click the map to enlarge!
Though there haven’t been a huge number of swarms reported yet, there was a little flurry of activity this week in Florida with two static swarms and one migratory swarm reported. I also heard about another Florida swarm on Facebook. The migratory swarm in San Diego was exciting (at least if you’re me!) as it’s fairly unusual to get those sorts of mass migrations in the western US outside of the variegated meadowhawk migration in Washington and Oregon each fall. I was very excited about the reports from Brazil and South Africa as they add two new countries to the list of countries where swarms have been reported and bring the total up close to 30 now. All in all, 2015 is already shaping up to be an interesting year!
I have started seeing a few green darners in North Carolina so far, but nothing else yet. Here’s hoping there will be a lot more dragonflies out and about soon!
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