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Upland Habitats

Occasionally dragonflies will be seen visiting dry land habitats, this generally occurs when the newly developed odonate leaves the water and begins to mature into an adult.  At other times, odonates will frequent these habitats for feeding and mating.  Below are just a few descriptions of these commonly known areas.

Forest EdgeFOREST EDGES

A forest edge is the meeting place between two different landscape types.  For instance, a meadow or field encompassed by a hardwood forest, or wetland area such as a stream, pond, or marsh.  Under story trees and shrubs grow taller here because they get more light.  Unfortunately, the process of fragmentation entails the creation of a forest edge where there was no edge previously.  There is usually an increase in insect abundance and diversity at the forest edge usually of smaller insects with larger insects feeding on them.  species within the Darner Family (Aeshnidae)and Emerald Family (Corduliidae) frequent these areas in swarms to feed. 

Hedgerows HEDGEROWS

Hedgerows are living fences.  Hedgerows can consist of a single row of trees and shrubs or a pyramid of plant heights, from low grasses and flowers to very high trees separating one area of land from another.  They are mainly found in fields, and are a good way of telling where one field stops and another starts.  Hedgerows are essentially man-made.

Power Line Cut POWER LINE CUTS

Although not considered a "type" of habitat, it is an area where odonates seem to be observed in feeding swarms.  Power line cuts are areas cut through forests specifically for the accommodations of power line towers.  They can be a rather narrow or wide cut through valleys, mountain ranges and ridges.

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