Rare Dragonflies confirmed at Moreau

From the New York Natural Heritage Program –  “A population of rare dragonflies at Moreau Lake State Park has been confirmed for the first time in over 20 years! Heritage Zoologists Erin White and Ashley Ballou recently went searching for exuviae (shed exoskeletons) of rare dragonfly species and made some exciting finds. Dragonfly larva are aquatic, and the exuviae left behind when dragonflies emerge from the larval stage can be used to identify which species are using aquatic habitats. Our Zoologists found several species, including two rare dragonflies during this trip – Extra-striped Snaketail (Ophiogomphus anomalus) and the Pygmy Snaketail (Ophiogomphus howei), which hadn’t been confirmed in this stretch of the Hudson River since 1999.”

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