When a Bluet Isn’t Blue: Vermont’s “Newest” Damselfly
August 07, 2018
Congratulations, Vermont. You’ve got a new damselfly. Its name is sort of an oxymoron. You know the bluets, right? Those little blue and black damselflies we’re seeing at water’s edge? Yeah, bluets are blue … except when they’re not. Like when they’re red — and the aptly named Scarlet Bluet (Enallagma pictum). Nick Block found one at a pond in southern Vermont on July 4, 2018 (a happy Independence Day, indeed). It becomes Vermont’s 45th known damselfly species (along with 101 known dragonfly species).
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Dragonfly Workshop: June 17 in Montpelier
May 20, 2017
Join us for a free workshop on the discovery and identification of damselflies and dragonflies. Whether you’re already an expert or just learning, you’ll learn skills for contributing to this atlas. Better yet, we’ll all enjoy catching, releasing, observing, photographing, or simply watching dragonflies do their thing. The workshop runs 10AM to 2PM at North Branch Nature Center (NBNC) in Montpelier. Pack a lunch. Bring your binoculars and camera. Pack sandals or water shoes or other footwear for wading (which will be optional). Bring a net if you have one (we’ve got extras). To register please send an email to Bryan Pfeiffer. In that way, we can also alert you to any changes owing to foul weather.
Vermont Launches Damselfly and Dragonfly Atlas
April 21, 2017
The Vermont Center for Ecostudies today launched an online atlas of damselflies and dragonflies, allowing anyone to report, track, study, discover or simply enjoy the charismatic insects. The Vermont Damselfly and Dragonfly Atlas presents vivid photos, real-time distribution maps and written profiles for 143 species found everywhere from backyard ponds to remote bogs and swamps.
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Damselfly and Dragonfly Field Course Offered in Maine
March 01, 2017
Pick any scene from the drama of life on earth: birth, growth, beauty, courtship, reproduction, betrayal, murder. Find them all expressed in the lives of dragonflies. And now you can join the drama this summer in Maine with Bryan Pfeiffer at Eagle Hill Institute. This seminar will emphasize practical field skills for locating and identifying members of the order Odonata. Morning lectures will feature biology, taxonomy, and ecology. In the field, you’ll practice visual identification, net technique, and (for those interested) photography.
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