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Removing Dragonflies from Mist Nets

Authors:
John A. Gregoire, Sue Gregoire
Journal:
North American Bird Bander
Volume:
31
Issue:
1
Year:
2006
Pages:
1-4
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ABSTRACT

Increasing awareness and interest in the insect order Odonata {dragonflies and damselflies) has prompted a desire within the ornithological community to contribute to a relatively young and unexplored science. Bird banders are uniquely positioned to add to the discipline by monitoring and reporting odonates mist netted incidental to banding. Dragonfly anatomy poses challenges to the bander who wishes to maintain the structural integrity of the insect caught in a mist net. Safe extraction techniques and associated anatomy are presented.

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