Adult Programs

Advanced Dragonfly and Damselfly ID (online)

Join us for an interactive online workshop as we delve into the development, classification, ecology, and morphology of the insect order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies).

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Join us for an interactive online workshop as we delve into the development, classification, ecology, and morphology of the insect order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies). 

Ever wonder what happens after a dragonfly lays her eggs, what goes on beneath the water, that time between egg positioning and emergence? This significant period of a dragonfly’s life cycle is also the longest, ranging from six weeks to six years. This workshop begins with an image intensive introduction to the growth and development of dragonflies including video of dragonfly eggs hatching, nymphs feeding, respiring and more.  

We’ll examine dragonfly nymphs, applying the axiom “form follows function” and understanding specific aquatic habitat selection and preference. By the end of this class, you’ll be able to identify dragonfly nymphs to family and many to genus. We’ll also study several difficult-to-distinguish groups of adult dragonflies in microscopic detail and learn detailed diagnostic characters for them. 

Automated captioning is provided for this program.

Please check out Beginning Dragonfly and Damselfly ID (online) if you are a beginner.

How do I access the program?

  • Your link to join the program will be included in the order summary email you receive after registering. Keep this email handy!
  • Click on the link at the scheduled date and time. 

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  • This program will take place on Zoom. You will need access to the internet to participate.
  • Registrants will receive a Zoom link by email. Click on the link to join the program at the scheduled date and time.
  • To ensure you receive the link, please add education@mortonarb.org to your address book.
  • New to Zoom? Watch this short video to learn how to join a Zoom meeting.
  • Limit 50

 Marla Garrison, biologist

Marla Garrison is a biology faculty member at McHenry County College. She sat on the executive council of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas for six years, was the principal investigator on a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Section 6 grant for the federally endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly, and is the author of Damselflies of Chicagoland, a local area field guide available online as a free download through Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. She is currently completing her second field guide, Dragonfly Nymphs of Northern Illinois, and she conducts field studies and surveys in McHenry County and throughout the state of Illinois. 

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