Swarm Sunday (on Monday): 9/20/15 – 9/26/15

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Thanks to attending a conference with very limited internet connection this weekend, this is a day late.  However, we’re transitioning into fall, so the swarm activity is way down this week – not a lot to report anyway!  Swarms were reported from the following locations in the last week:

USA:

Phoenix, AZ
Panama City Beach, FL
Port St. Joe, FL
Sarasota, FL
St. Petersburg, FL
Blackshear, GA
Council Grove, KS
Kansas City, KS
Ludington, MI
Kansas City, MO
Fort Worth, TX

Here is the US map for last week:

 

9.20.15 to 9.26.15

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A bit of an odd arrangement of reports this week!  A few in the south, where I’d expect them to be, but there is still a small amount of activity in the upper and central Midwest.  Odd!  Still no migration in the western US this year, which seems to fit well with the limited migratory reports in the east overall.  With some definite exceptions, cities that had huge migratory events, there hasn’t been a whole lot of movement reported this year.  Very interesting.

I suspect the season is almost over and that I’ll only get a few reports this week.  Hope you’ll take a moment to submit a report if you see a swarm!  Anything this late in the year is exciting.

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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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Unless otherwise stated, all text, images, and video are copyright © C. L. Goforth
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Swarm Sunday: 9/13/15 – 9/19/15

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Well, things have definitely slowed down!  After a big, bright burst of swarming activity over the last three weeks, we’re suddenly headed into fall.  Swarms were reported in the following locations over the last week:

USA:

Marco Island, FL
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Hamburg, IA
Hillsboro, IL
Parkton, MD
Silver Spring, MD
North Topsail, NC (2 swarms)
Oak Island, NC
Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Surf City, NC (2 swarms)
Topsail Beach, NC
Alpine, NJ
Cherry Hill, NJ
Somerdale, NJ
College Point, NY
New York, NY
Mustang, OK
Hawley, PA
Lehighton, PA
West Chester, PA

Here is the US map for last week:

9.13.15 to 9.19.15

 

 

 

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Still not a lot of migratory action being reported, but last week there was a significant migratory movement in my own state of North Carolina.  I heard about this migration through my project, via e mails, and some people even came to tell me all about it after a talk I gave on dragonflies at the museum where I work yesterday.  Otherwise, it was a pretty quiet week!  Little bit of activity along coastal New England, but very little inland.

I’ve gotten over 700 swarm reports so far this year!  Hoping I’ll end up with 800+, which would make this a pretty good year for swarming dragonflies overall.  Keep sending in reports as you see swarms!

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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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Unless otherwise stated, all text, images, and video are copyright © C. L. Goforth

Swarm Sunday (on Monday): 8/30/15 – 9/12/15

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Reporting on two weeks of data once again, but there’s been a lot going on recently! Swarms were reported from the following locations over the last two weeks:

USA:

El Cajon, CA
Foresthill, CA
Studio City, CA
Ventura, CA
Branford, CT
Clinton, CT
East Haven, CT
Middletown, CT
Redding, CT
Daytona Beach, FL
Britt, IA
Council Bluffs, IA (2 swarms)
Davenport, IA
Dubuque, IA
Grinnell, IA
Osceola, IA
Oskaloosa, IA
Sergeant Bluff, IA
Sioux City, IA
Traer, IA
Waukee, IA
Arlington Heights, IL
Beardstown, IL
Beecher IL
Bensenville, IL
Bloomington, IL
Crestwood, IL (2 swarms)
Dawson, IL
Dekalb, IL
Downs, IL
Geneva, IL
Germantown Hills, IL
Gurnee, IL
Homewood, IL (2 swarms)
Jacksonville, IL
Lawrenceville, IL
Liberty, IL
Mackinaw, IL
Midlothian, IL
Monmouth, IL
Oak Forest, IL
Oak Park, IL
Oakwood, IL
Philo, IL
Silvis, IL
St. Joseph, IL (3 swarms)
Sterling, IL
Sycamore, IL
Tinley Park, IL (2 swarms)
Urbana, IL (2 swarms)
Western Springs, IL
Wilmette, IL
Arcadia, IN
Centerville, IN
Cowan, IN
Fowlerton, IN (2 swarms)
Frankfort, IN
Laporte, IN
Lebanon, IN
Milton, IN
Rushville, IN
South Bend, IN
Terre Haute, IN
Tipton, IN
Vevay, IN
Atchison, KS
Bonner Springs, KS
Burrton, KS
Girard, KS
Goddard, KS
Newton, KS
Overland Park, KS
Ashland, KY (2 swarms)
Brooksville, KY
London, KY
Shelbyville, KY
Amesbury, MA
Dighton, MA
Huntington, MA
Ipswich, MA (2 swarms)
Newbury, MA
Newburyport, MA
Clarksburg, MD
Baroda, MI
Dowling, MI
East Tawas, MI
Lasalle , MI
Roseville, MI
Apple Valley, MN
Butterfield, MN
Dennison, MN (2 swarms)
Lakeville, MI
Blue Springs, MO
Cameron, MO
Clinton, MO
Edina, MO
Holt, MO
Kansas City, MO (3 swarms)
Kirksville, MO
Lee’s Summit, MO
Memphis, MO
Odessa, MO
Platte City, MO
Plattsburg, MO
Richland, MO
Richmond, MO
Troy, MO
Warrensburg, MO
Asheville, NC
Bismarck, ND
Eagle, NE
Firth, NE
Omaha, NE
Exeter, NH
Hampton, NH
Kensington, NH (3 swarms)
Moultonborough, NH
South Hampton, NH
Alloway Township, NJ
Livingston , NJ
Long Valley, NJ
Paramus, NJ
Ringoes, NJ
Somerset, NJ
Trenton, NJ
West Caldwell, NJ
Woolwich Township, NJ
Bayside, NY
Cleveland, NY
Cutchogue, NY
Greenburgh, NY
Lacona, NY
Warners, NY
Brookville, OH
Butler, OH
Chauncey, OH
Cincinnati, OH (3 swarms)
Columbus, OH (8 swarms)
Convoy, OH
Covington, OH
Cumberland, OH
Dayton, OH (3 swarms)
Delaware, OH (2 swarms)
Derby, OH
Dublin, OH (4 swarms)
Dunkirk, OH
Enon, OH
Fostoria, OH
Frankfort, OH
Galloway, OH (2 swarms)
Hartford, OH
Lancaster, OH
Lewis Center, OH (2 swarms)
Lynchburg, OH
Madeira, OH
Mount Victory, OH
New Holland, OH
New Madison, OH
New Richmond, OH
Plain City, OH
Sylvania, OH
Tontogany, OH
Upper Sandusky, OH
Utica, OH
Wilmington, OH
Milford. OH
Allentown, PA
Avondale, PA
Huntingdon Valley, PA
Knoxville, PA
Macungie, PA
Willisport, PA
Simpsonville. SC
Chattanooga, TN
Mountain City, TN
Georgetown, TX
Port Allen, TX
Batesville, VA
Big Stone Gap, VA
Fairfax, VA
Lebanon, VA
Bellows Falls, VT
Granton, WI
Madison, WI
Milwaukee, WI
Monroe, WI
Huntington, WV

Canada:

Burlington, ON
Oakville, ON
St. George, ON
Toronto, ON (2 swarms)

And here are the US maps for the last two weeks:

8.30.15 to 9.5.15

9.6.15 to 9.12.15

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We’re still a little light on migratory swarm reports this year, but the dragonflies do at least appear to be shifting southward finally.  Last week, the swarms went from being quite abundant in the Great Lakes region and upper New England to the upper midwest, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  There have been very few reports from the southern states at all this year, but people in the Mid-Atlantic state, the Deep South, Arkansas, and Texas are likely to start seeing a lot more dragonflies over the next week to two weeks as the dragonflies from the northern part of the country start making their way further south.

Still no western migration!  Could start any day.  I’ve been keeping a close eye on all of the northwestern dragonfly listservs and online groups in addition to what’s reported here and there’s so far nothing to report from that area.

Given the big number of reports over the last two weeks, I think the season has peaked and we’re headed into the fall slump this week or next week.  Still, keep an eye out for swarms!  You never know when and where you might see one, and I hope you’ll report any you see.

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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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Swarm Sunday (on Monday): 8/16/15 – 8/29/15

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Reporting on two weeks of data again – and a day later than I’d like – but here’s the latest update!  Swarms were reported from the following locations over the last two weeks:

USA:

Napa, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Erie, CO
Ansonia, CT
Branford, CT
Colebrook, CT
East Hartland , CT
Guilford, CT
Norfolk, CT (2 swarms)
Woodbury, CT
Ellijay, GA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Davenport, IA
Muscatine, IA
Springdale, IA
Swisher, IA
Waukon, IA
Galesburg, IL
Skokie, IL
Bloomfield, IN
Hamilton, IN
Terre Haute, IN
Olathe, KS
Burlington, KY
Colrain, MA
Ipswich, MA
Manchester, MA
North Adams, MA
Pittsfield, MA
Plymouth, MA
Raynham, MA
Rowley, MA
Sandisfield, MA
Scituate, MA
West Brookfield, MA (2 swarms)
Williamsburg, MA
Winchendon, MA
Lebanon, ME
Portland, ME
Waldoboro, ME
Ann Arbor Township, MI
Twin Lake, MI
Troy, MO
Webb City, MO
New Bern, NC
Oak Island, NC
Elk City, NE
Omaha, NE (2 swarms)
Amherst, NH
Portsmouth, NH
Asbury Park, NJ
Voorhees, NJ
Bearsville, NY
Brooklyn, NY
Gouverneur, NY
Hancock, NY
Napanoch, NY
New York, NY
Waterloo, NY
Woodstock, NY
Chillicothe, OH
Poland, OH
Quincy, OH
Downingtown, PA
Shinglehouse, PA
Susquehanna, PA
East Greenwich, RI
Warwick, RI
Austin, TX
Kingsville, TX
Seminole, TX
Colchester, VT
South Newfane, VT
Black Earth, WI
Brookfield, WI
Burlington, WI

Canada:

Tatamagouche, NS
Dwight, ON
Hamilton, ON
Hamilton, ON

Germany:

Dresden, Saxony

And this one didn’t happen in this two-week period, but I can’t help but post it anyway because I’m really excited about this one:

Kazakhstan:

Astana

And here are the US maps for the last two weeks:

8.16.15 to 8.22.15

8.23.15 to 8.29.15

Click the maps to enlarge!

Not many migratory events have been reported yet, but I think that’s coming soon, sometime in the next week or two.  The activity over the past few weeks is the sort of conditions we normally see right before the migration of the common green darners – lots of reports from the Great Lakes region, a few in Nebraska (that’s always a good indicator for some reason!), and dragonflies massing in New England.  Next week or the week after, I’d expect those masses to start shifting southward so that we’ll see a lot more activity in Virginia, the Carolinas, Missouri, and Arkansas as the dragonflies start following the eastern coast and the midwestern rivers toward the Gulf of Mexico.

No indication that the western migration has begun at all yet!  I start looking for reports of dragonflies swarming in Montana, Idaho, and southern Canada and you’ll usually see the Washington-Oregon migration of the variegated meadowhawks shortly afterwards.  No sign of anything so far this year though!

All this means that we’re heading into the prime swarming season very soon.  If you see a swarm, please report it.  We can follow the big swarms down the coasts and rivers if people report the swarms they see!

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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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Unless otherwise stated, all text, images, and video are copyright © C. L. Goforth

Swarm Sunday: 8/1/15 – 8/15/15

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I’m a week behind again, but determined to get caught up!  Swarms were reported from the following locations over the last two weeks:

USA:

La Mesa, CA
Mission Hills, CA
San Diego, CA
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Iowa City, IA (2 swarms)
Iowa City, IA
Lisbon, IA
Mount Vernon, IA
West Liberty, IA
Athens, IL
Bement, IL
Chicago, IL (14 swarms)
Evanston, IL (2 swarms)
Galena, IL
Glenview, IL (2 swarms)
Ingleside, IN
Sterling, IL
Villa Grove, IL
Albion, IN
Bloomington, IN (2 swarms)
Carmel, IN
Fort Eayne, IN
Gary, IN
Huntington, IN
Vincennes, IN
Whitestown, IN
Crittenden, KY
Marshfield, MA (2 swarms)
North Brookfield, MA
Pepperell, MA
Princeton, MA
Scituate, MA
Fairfield, ME
Falmouth, ME
Portland, ME
Columbus, MI (2 swarms)
Gladwin, MI
Lakeport, MI
Livonia, MI
Newberry, MI
Ray, MI
Willis, MI
Chatfield, MN
Chesterfield, MO (2 swarms)
Holt, MO
Sibley, MO
St Louis, MO
Lucedale, MS
Woodville, MS
Holden Beach, NC
Grafton, NE
Hampstead, NH
Kensington, NH
North Haverhill, NH
Buffalo, NY
Claverack, NY
Grafton, NY
Greene, NY
Peru, NY
Troy, NY
South Vienna, OH
Twinsburg, OH
Vermilion, OH
Fields, OR
Pen Argyl, PA
Tunkhannock, PA
Bacliff, TX (2 swarms)
Corpus Christi, TX
Denton, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Rose City, TX
Virginia Beach, VA
Charlotte, VT
Stockbridge, VT
Holmen, WI
Janesville, WI
Kenosha, WI
Middelton, WI
Milwaukee, WI (3 swarms)
Casper, WY

Canada:

Bancroft, ON
Bracebridge, ON
Dwight, ON
Haliburton, ON
Mississauga, ON
Orrville, ON

Guatemala:

Momostenango, Totonicapan

And here are the US maps for the last two weeks:

8.2.15 to 8.8.15

8.9.15 to 8.15.15

 

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Lots of activity reported from the northeastern US, including the areas around the upper Midwest and New England.  Starting to look a lot more like the migration season is upon us!  Next week I expect to start seeing increased reporting in the mid-Atlantic states and perhaps a few more in Nebraska, Arkansas, and Missouri.

This is the prime season for swarms, so be on the lookout in your area!  If you’re along the east coast or any of the rivers in the Midwest, you’re likely to see swarms over the next few weeks.  Hope you’ll report any you see!

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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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Unless otherwise stated, all text, images, and video are copyright © C. L. Goforth

Swarm Sunday: 6/28/15 – 8/1/15

Dragonfly Swarm Project logoI’m a bit behind on reports, but a lot of swarms have occurred recently!  Swarms were reported from the following locations over the last four weeks:

USA:

Greenwood, AR
Jacksonville, AR
Jonesboro, AR
Paragould, AR
Searcy, AR
Alhambra, CA
Arleta, CA
Camarillo, CA
Glendale, CA
North Hills, CA
Los Angeles, CA (2 swarms)
Orange, CA
Palomar Mountain, CA
Perris, CA
Poway, CA
Redondo Beach, CA
San Clemente, CA
San Diego, CA (2 swarms)
Santa Barbara, CA (3 swarms)
Simi Valley, CA
Topanga, CA
Ventura, CA (2 swarms)
Woodland Hills, CA
Brighton, CO
Colorado Springs, CO
Denver, CO
Jacksonville, FL
Melbourne Beach, FL
Parrish, FL
Athens, IL (2 swarms)
Belleville, IL (2 swarms)
Bourbonnais, IL
Chapin, IL
Chicago, IL ( 5 swarms)
Evanston, IL (4  swarms)
Fairbury, IL
Fox Lake, IL
Pekin, IL
Princeton, IL
Wadsworth, IL
Warrensburg, IL
Argos, IN
Beverly Shores, IN
Columbus, IN
Martinsville, IN
Roanoke, IN
Veedersburg, IN
Barksdale, LA
Leesville, LA
Springfield, LA
Chester, MA (2 swarms)
Wenham, MA
Grosse Pointe, MI (2 swarms)
Port Sanilac, MI
Comfrey, MN
Duluth, MN
Long Beach, MS
Picayune, MS
Poplar Bluff, MO
Winfield, MO
Louisville, NE
Las Vegas, NV
Bayville, NJ
Brigantine, NJ (3 swarms)
Long Valley, NJ
Ocean City, NJ
Wildwood Crest, NJ
Caswell Beach, NC
Holden Beach, NC (3 swarms)
Murphy, NC
North Topsail Beach, NC (2 swarms)
Oak Island, NC
Washington, NC
Wilson, NC
Fargo, ND
Minot, ND
Marblehead, OH
Oklahoma City, OK
Charleston, SC
Hilton Head Island, SC
Little River, SC
Mount Pleasant, SC
Collierville, TN
Germantown, TN
Piperton, TN
Soddy-Daisy, TN (2 swarms)
Euless, TX
Frost, TX
Laredo, TX
Robstown TX
San Antonio, TX (2 swarms)
Bountiful, UT
Logan, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
Sandy, UT
Richland, WA
Greenfield, WI
Milwaukee, WI
Sheboygan, WI

Canada:

Calgary, AB
Falcon Lake, MB
Kingston, ON
Balgonie, SK

Here are the US maps for last four weeks:

7.5.15 to 7.11.15

7.5.15 to 7.11.15

7.12.15 to 7.18.15

7.12.15 to 7.18.15

7.19.15 to 7.25.15

7.19.15 to 7.25.15

7.26.15 to 8.1.15

7.26.15 to 8.1.15

Click the maps to enlarge!

July started off a little slow, with a few swarms reported in the central part of the country along with a cluster in North Carolina.  For whatever reason, there were several swarms reported in drought-ridden  southern California, an area that normally sees very little swarming activity.  Perhaps these are dragonflies about to move to a better area?  The week of July 12th saw a little more activity in the Midwest, with swarms occurring along the Great Lakes, the Illinois River, and the Mississippi River with a smattering of other swarms across the country.  The week of July 19th saw increased activity along the Illinois and Mississippi, but still little along the western coast of Lake Michigan.  A flurry of activity in that area suggests that the migration season is about to begin, and that flurry started last week, the week of July 26.  That coupled with the sightings along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana suggest that the 2015 Midwest migration may have already begun!  It’s a few weeks earlier than normal, so it will be interesting to see if the dragonflies continue southward over the next few weeks or stay in place for a little while before they start moving at their regular time in mid-August.  The coastal migrations have apparently not yet begun, though I suspect they may start in the next few weeks.

Peak swarm season has begun!  If you see swarms, I’d love to hear from you.  Click on the link below to add your story!

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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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Swarm Sunday: 6/28/15 – 7/4/15

Dragonfly Swarm Project logoHappy Fourth of July weekend to my American readers – and happy weekend to everyone else!  Let’s take a look at the dragonfly swarming activity of the last week, shall we?  Swarms occurred in the following locations:

USA:

Buckeye, AZ
Santa Barbara, CA
Boulder, CO
Broomfield, CO
Colorado Springs, CO
Denver, CO (2 swarms)
Highlands Ranch, CO
Hudson, CO
Lakewood, CO (2 swarms)
Loveland, CO
Melbourne, FL
Boise, ID
Homedale, ID
Grand Marais, MN
Clayton, NC
Bountiful, UT

Canada:

Thunder Bay, ON

And here is the US map for last week:

6.28.15 to 7.4.15

 

 

 

Click the map to enlarge!

Well, that’s not something you see everyday!  Look how many reports of US dragonfly swarms came from the west!  There is still a lot of action taking place along the Front Range in Colorado, as there was last week, with nearly all contributors reporting severe weather in the area.  There were also reports in Utah, Arizona, and Idaho, all of which rarely see swarms.  The two lone eastern static swarms took place in states bordering the Atlantic and there was a migratory event along the northern edge of Lake Superior recently as well.  Overall, a very odd week, so I can’t wait to see what happens next week!  Will it be another weird week with a lot of western swarms, or will the normal pattern of mostly eastern swarms reassert itself?

We’re heading into the peak season this week or next, so expect to see a larger list of swarms coming soon!

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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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Unless otherwise stated, all text, images, and video are copyright © C. L. Goforth