Our guest on July 22 was Dr. Tim Manolis, author of “Dragonflies and Damselflies of California.”  He told us about their life history, mating customs, the bizarre lower jaws of their larvae, how they hunt, what they eat, and many other fascinating things about these carnivorous insets. Complete show available for listening or download here.

We even learned that some species undergo large migrations, between Mexico and Canada, alternating generations – much as Monarch Butterflies do – though very little is actually know about this phenomenon.  There is a citizen-science research effort hosted by The Xerces Society (thanks to Chris Bing for directing us to this) – click here for information.

Dr. Manolis also illustrated the “Field Guide to Spiders of California and the Pacific Coast States” and does research on Jumping Spiders, and we hope to have him return for a discussion of these wonderful creatures.


About Tim

Host for Oak and Thorn on the first and third Sundays of every month, and The Ecology Hour on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Oak & Thorn aims to present the widest possible spectrum of Celtic music, from traditional to contemporary styles, along with information about history and culture. The Ecology Hour- Science Edition (co-hosted with Bob Spies) presents recent scientific findings about the natural world and our place in it. My other interests include brewing, gardening, birding, cooking, woodworking, and history. I live on Middle Ridge in Albion, California, among wonderful neighbors.
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