Related article: Martin Wikelski’s Travels with Bugs

Crouching Scientist, Hidden Dragonfly

Monitoring insect lifestyles in the air and the mud

Green darner (by btang on Flickr)

“Although dragonflies are among the most familiar of insects, science is just beginning to unravel their complex life stories, which start in water and end in air.”

This article describes approaches taken by different researchers in their studies of dragonflies. I’m particularly interested in Martin Wikelski’s work – radio tracking individual green darner dragonflies in order to learn more about their migration (trickier than it might at first appear thanks to the ultralight transmitters needed).

Attached transmitter
(Image: Christian Ziegler)