Volunteers find dragonflies 18,000 times - including the ringed boghaunter
Posted by David Brooks | Friday, May 11, 2012
Last October I wrote about the nearly finished New Hampshire Dragonfly Survey, a citizen-science project in which volunteers gamboled through the state's woods, fields and riverbeds, carrying bug-catching nets and counting the types of dragonflies they snagged or spotted.
Now the survey is finished, reports New Hampshire Fish & Game. Roughly 100 volunteers collected "more than 18,000 records" of insects of the order Odonata, which means dragonflies and damselflies. They found 157 of thw 162 species known to live in the state.
They aren't finished, said Fish and Game in a press release: "two volunteers kicked of the season in style by finding emerging Hudsonian Whitefaces in southeastern New Hampshire on April 4 – fully 10 days earlier than any previous record of any dragonfly in the state. By the end of April, 10 species had been recorded including the state-endangered ringed boghaunter."
Ringed boghaunter! How can you not like dragonflies?