Monday, September 13, 2021

Striped Meadowhawk

This photo is of a Striped Meadowhawk from our Olympia backyard on 23 July 2021. Erika and I have listed 11 species of dragonflies and damselflies from this location. Calculating such a report is fairly easy with Odonata Central, a citizen science effort initiated by John Abbott, now of the University of Alabama. Assuming that you submit your records to this site, keeping tabs of your data is no trouble—so far I have 588 records. In my earlier years chasing dragonflies, unfortunately, I only entered my more noteworthy records. Now I am making an effort to submit records from every dragonfly encounter. The result is my being able to generate lists and also to my contributing to our overall understanding of dragonfly distribution—both over time and location.

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