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Jul 7, 2024 09:15:42   #
nutz4fish Loc: Colchester, CT
 
Hey Stagers, I gotta question. Has anyone here ever seen a fish, or a bird, be successful trying to catch a dragonfly? I've been watching for a long time, and haven't ever seen one pull it off yet. Watched one LM try to grab one or splash it into the water off of a stump numerous times and fail, but kept it up until it was so tired it couldn't clear the water. Seems to me that one of them musta got really lucky, but boy, do those critters have some moves, or what ?

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Jul 7, 2024 09:35:09   #
Grizzly 17 Loc: South central Pa
 
nutz4fish wrote:
Hey Stagers, I gotta question. Has anyone here ever seen a fish, or a bird, be successful trying to catch a dragonfly? I've been watching for a long time, and haven't ever seen one pull it off yet. Watched one LM try to grab one or splash it into the water off of a stump numerous times and fail, but kept it up until it was so tired it couldn't clear the water. Seems to me that one of them musta got really lucky, but boy, do those critters have some moves, or what ?


Wow rarely see a dragonfly anymore
Saw them all the time when I was a kid šŸ‘šŸ¤”

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Jul 7, 2024 09:49:43   #
nutz4fish Loc: Colchester, CT
 
Grizzly 17 wrote:
Wow rarely see a dragonfly anymore
Saw them all the time when I was a kid šŸ‘šŸ¤”


Grizz, they're doing fine in my area, pretty much the same as 60 years ago, except for those big white,black & gray ones that used to be so numerous here. They still might be doing well in my old haunts, but I'm uncertain about that. We've lost most of our agriculture here, so that may be a factor? Or perhaps they're more susceptible to home weed killers or insect controls.

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Jul 7, 2024 10:02:11   #
Gordon Loc: Charleston South Carolina
 
nutz4fish wrote:
Hey Stagers, I gotta question. Has anyone here ever seen a fish, or a bird, be successful trying to catch a dragonfly? I've been watching for a long time, and haven't ever seen one pull it off yet. Watched one LM try to grab one or splash it into the water off of a stump numerous times and fail, but kept it up until it was so tired it couldn't clear the water. Seems to me that one of them musta got really lucky, but boy, do those critters have some moves, or what ?


Purple Martins are aerial insectivores, consuming insects during flight. Dragonflies are a favorite



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Jul 7, 2024 10:05:30   #
nutz4fish Loc: Colchester, CT
 
Gordon wrote:
Purple Martins are aerial insectivores, consuming insects during flight. Dragonflies are a favorite


Thanx Gordon, for the information & the great photo. I'll try to keep my eyes open a little better.

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Jul 7, 2024 10:13:55   #
Gordon Loc: Charleston South Carolina
 
Down here people put up Purple Martin houses to controll the mosquitoe population. After looking into it the Martin only eats 2% of the mosquitoes. They love the dragonflies who eat hundreds of mosquitoes each day. Something is wrong with this picture. LOL

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Jul 7, 2024 10:30:36   #
nutz4fish Loc: Colchester, CT
 
Gordon wrote:
Down here people put up Purple Martin houses to controll the mosquitoe population. After looking into it the Martin only eats 2% of the mosquitoes. They love the dragonflies who eat hundreds of mosquitoes each day. Something is wrong with this picture. LOL


Whoops ! Just about every small town nature preserve in my area has those Purple Martin nests too, for the same rationale. Sometimes it's not so good to try to upset the predator/prey balance. The presence of invasive species notwithstanding , it may be best to let Mother take care of herself in many cases.
The other popular thing here is Wood Duck houses. They install them in shoreline areas of fresh water lakes and ponds, located close together. I wonder, now that you pointed out the drawbacks of the Martin houses, if there's a problem with these, as well ?

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Jul 7, 2024 10:32:30   #
nutz4fish Loc: Colchester, CT
 
nutz4fish wrote:
Whoops ! Just about every small town nature preserve in my area has those Purple Martin nests too, for the same rationale. Sometimes it's not so good to try to upset the predator/prey balance. The presence of invasive species notwithstanding , it may be best to let Mother take care of herself in many cases.
The other popular thing here is Wood Duck houses. They install them in shoreline areas of fresh water lakes and ponds, located close together. I wonder, now that you pointed out the drawbacks of the Martin houses, if there's a problem with these, as well ?
Whoops ! Just about every small town nature preser... (show quote)

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Jul 7, 2024 13:13:32   #
ranger632 Loc: Near Yosemite Park Ca.
 
Gordon wrote:
Down here people put up Purple Martin houses to controll the mosquitoe population. After looking into it the Martin only eats 2% of the mosquitoes. They love the dragonflies who eat hundreds of mosquitoes each day. Something is wrong with this picture. LOL



Kill more dragonflies

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Jul 7, 2024 13:14:44   #
Grizzly 17 Loc: South central Pa
 
nutz4fish wrote:
Grizz, they're doing fine in my area, pretty much the same as 60 years ago, except for those big white,black & gray ones that used to be so numerous here. They still might be doing well in my old haunts, but I'm uncertain about that. We've lost most of our agriculture here, so that may be a factor? Or perhaps they're more susceptible to home weed killers or insect controls.


Same here with agriculture.
100'S acres every day disappearing around my area.

A beautiful big flat field sold.
101 duplexes going in.
Wife pup n I are riding some back roads.
Saw a couple farms for sell.
Farmers can't afford the price anymore.

All the farms are clearing at fence rows
wood lots n rock breaks to gain more ground.
Animals have lost so much habit.
It's a shame šŸ‘

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Jul 7, 2024 13:44:22   #
ranger632 Loc: Near Yosemite Park Ca.
 
Grizzly 17 wrote:
Same here with agriculture.
100'S acres every day disappearing around my area.

A beautiful big flat field sold.
101 duplexes going in.
Wife pup n I are riding some back roads.
Saw a couple farms for sell.
Farmers can't afford the price anymore.

All the farms are clearing at fence rows
wood lots n rock breaks to gain more ground.
Animals have lost so much habit.
It's a shame šŸ‘



Same thing out here with the farms, I think the big problem is the old man dies and the kids can't wait to sell the farm to make some big easy money.

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Jul 7, 2024 14:04:16   #
Jarheadfishnfool Loc: Woodlake/ Tulare Ca.
 
ranger632 wrote:
Kill more dragonflies


Kill ,Kill ,and kill more of nature & we will have what we have , pay attention to the Bees,,,,

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Jul 7, 2024 15:03:39   #
USAF Major Loc: Sea Bright, NJ
 
Where I put my killie (baitfish) pots there is a bridge which underneath many pairs of swallows have built mud nests. I can tend to my pots at dusk without too many mosquitos attacking me. I attribute that to the swallows feasting on them.
As an aside, I was attacked as a kid and when I was stationed in Michigan the mosquitos and no see'ums were relentless. Since I came back from Vietnam the first time in '66 I am seldom bitten, maybe 100 times in almost six decades. Was wondering if anyone else had the same experience? Sorry about hijacking this thread.

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Jul 7, 2024 15:53:34   #
Mauwehu Loc: Norwalk Ct
 
ranger632 wrote:
Same thing out here with the farms, I think the big problem is the old man dies and the kids can't wait to sell the farm to make some big easy money.


In the late 1800sā€” 80% of Connecticut was farmland. Thats why you see stonewalls in the woods here surrounded by 100+ year growth trees.

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Jul 7, 2024 16:38:37   #
Jjparadis
 
Once I was walking across an open field towards a pond, I was carrying a pole with a worm dangling. I came to a very small brook and as I jumped across a small bull head jumped about 2 1/2 feet up and grabbed the worm.

I was amazed and released the fish only for it to happen again. I was able to catch three in a minute or two.
Before I left for the pond I saw a dragonfly hovering over the brook.
The amazing thing was how high those fish jumped.

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