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Natural Selections: Dragonflies, part 2

The Japanese trap dragonflies with weighted silk threads, treasuring their association with the virtues of happiness, courage and strength. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley continue their discussion of dragonflies and their habits.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Dragonflies, part 1

Dragonflies, the largest flying insect predators, can be startling, but are not known for biting humans. As Dr. Curt Stager tells Martha Foley, however, one is reported to have killed a hummingbird.  Go to full article
Dragonflier Nick Donnelly searches a Franklin County pond
Dragonflier Nick Donnelly searches a Franklin County pond

Dragonfly devotees swarm for the hunt

Take a paddle or hike along a stream, or spend some time gardening and you'll likely hear the familiar click of wings or glimpse a flying glint of blue or green. Dragonflies are a familiar and favorite sight in the North Country. And now, during the summer months, excitement is high among "dragonfliers" whose calendars are extra full because this is the time of year when dragonflies are most commonly seen. But researchers say there are more questions than answers about dragonflies. This is the fourth summer that the DEC and Nature Conservancy have seriously studied dragonflies and their close relatives, damselflies, in some of the more remote parts of the state. With the help of volunteers, biologists are out to foster public interest in the conservation of the colorful, winged insects and their aquatic habitats. Todd Moe found that, for a hobby that includes searching for large bugs in swampy areas, it has a lot of followers.  Go to full article

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