September 2017 iNaturalist Vermont Photo-Observation of the Month

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The first Incurvate Emerald found in Vermont just taken from the net. Click on the image to see the report on iNaturalist Vermont. / © Josh Lincoln

Congratulations to Josh Lincoln for winning the September 2017 iNaturalist Vermont photo-observation of the month contest. His image of an Incurvate Emerald (Somatochlora incurvata was the most popular photo-observation as measured by clicked ‘favs’, and for a good reason. This was the first record for the species in Vermont.

The iridescent green of their eyes is captivating. There are 11 species of striped emerald dragonflies in the Northeast, but the rarest one, the Incurvate Emerald (Somatochlora incurvata), had never been found in Vermont. But Josh Lincoln and Mike Blust took an epic journey deep into Victory Bog where they suspected it might be found. After hours of bushwhacking, they had found their insect. Read all about their adventure on the VCE Blog.

Every dragonfly and damselfly counts — from the common to the rare. Even if you lack experience with these insects, you can contribute to the Vermont Damselfly and Dragonfly Atlas. Report your sightings to either iNaturalist Vermont or Odonata Central. Learn more at the Vermont Damselfly and Dragonfly Atlas at the Vermont Atlas of Life.

Visit iNaturalist Vermont and you can vote for the winner this month by clicking ‘fav’ on your favorite photo-observation. Make sure you get outdoors and record the biodiversity around you, then submit your discoveries and you could be a winner!

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