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OHIO DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES:
Ohio hosts a great diversity of Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies); to date, 163 species have been recorded, and many
of them are common. This is perhaps the most fascinating and easily observed group of insects, and birders and others
interested in natural history are increasingly turning their binoculars to the Odonata. Not only are most species brilliantly
colored in hues of red, yellow, blue, green, and everything in between, but their behavior is the equal of any animal group in
terms of excitement and action.
Dragonflies are carnivorous and voracious predators. Many of them catch their prey on the wing, and to do so they depend
on incredible powers of flight, putting even hummingbirds to shame. They can fly in any direction and in amazingly speedy
bursts, and depending on the size of the species, take prey up to the size of swallowtail butterflies.
The Odonata are also excellent environmental barometers, as many species are dependent upon unpolluted waters to
successfully reproduce. Dragonflies are an important group of organisms to encourage people to study and monitor.
FIELD TRIP PHOTOS:
SPEAKERS BIOS: All photos credit: Cheryl Harner
Bob Glotzhober. Bob is curator of Natural History for the Ohio Historical Society, and one of the Midwestâ€™s leading experts on the Odonata
(damselflies and dragonflies).
Dave McShaffrey. Dave is a biology professor at Marietta College, and has mastered the art of using digital photography to capture their beauty.
Dennis Paulson (KEYNOTE). Dennis is an authority on both birds and dragonflies. Dennis has spent countless hours observing these fascinating
insects all over the globe, and has been spending more of his time educating the public about the natural world through his writings and speaking.
Larry Rosche. Larry is one of Ohioâ€™s preeminent authorities on dragonflies, and and has found many new populations of rare species during his
field studies. He is author of Dragonflies and Damselflies of Northeastern Ohio
| Dr. Dennis Paulson, keynote speaker
while teaching in the field.
|Bob Glotzhober tells about nymphs
while filming an Ohio Wild episode .
| Ohio Dragonfly Conference
Saturday, July 21- Field trips July 22, 2007
Sponsored by Ohio Div. of Wildlife, Ohio Odonata Society,
Ohio Historical Society and GMAS
| Dr. David McShaffrey hits the field
with plenty of gear.
Larry Rosche displays his award.
|Judy Semroc and Larry Rosche
|Jim Sloan and Susan Madura,
enjoying the trip. (above)
|Linda Gilbert, out-standing in the field :)
|Judy Semroc, Dennis Paulson, Jim McCormac and
Steve McKee hopefully scouting for Tiger
|Rusty Snaketail, Ophiogomphus carolus
in wheel (below)
|Warren Uxley and Guy Denny
|The enthusiatic crowd of Dragon-o-philes
gathered at OARDC in Wooster, Ohio.
|Rusty Snaketail, (above)