Dragons and Damsels (Flies, that is…)
June 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 amFree
On this walk, we will learn about insects in the order Odonata: the marvelous, flying predators that are Dragonflies and Damselflies. Bring your rugged walking shoes as we will visit two or three different ecologic niches, each of which will harbor different species. We’ll learn about their life cycles, mating habits, and predatory strategies. We’ll bring nets to catch some adults and hope to find some larvae in the Vernal Pond. When catching adults, we’ll learn how to hold them without damaging their delicate wings and we’ll learn how to tell a dragonfly from a damselfly. Bring your cameras as photographs will help us identify the species.
The leader, David Reed, is a retired professor who has rekindled his childhood interest in bugs. With a good macro lens and lots of patience, he has photographed and identified countless invertebrates and enjoys sharing his passion for these fascinating creatures that play such a key role in the natural world.
Max of 12 participants. Registration required – no drop-ins.
Photo credit: Louisa Edgerton