We asked Sohail Madan of the Bombay Natural History Society BNHS about how one could get started on dragonfly watching. This is what he told us.
- What is the best time to watch dragonflies?
The best time to see dragonflies and damselflies is during monsoon and post monsoon when the water bodies are full of water. The high temperatures and high humidity combined with fullness of water bodies is what makes them emerge.
- What is the best time of day to go dragonfly watching?
Best part of the day to go see dragonflies is in full sunlight. So walks after the sun is shining brightly are recommended.
- Does one need special equipment to watch dragonflies?
No special equipment is required but they make for easy photographic subjects so carrying a camera is always a good idea.
- Where should one go and look for them?
They can be easily spotted around aquatic plants near wetlands and small forest streams. So protecting your local wetlands would be especially rewarding.
- Any special advice for dragonfly walks?
Know their interesting behavior as it will help you find them still at one spot, instead of always catching them in flight. Be patient, keep silent and move slowly while maintaining distance. Brightly coloured clothing could also be avoided. Do not forget to carry a towel to wipe the sweat off your face!
About Sohail Madan
Sohail Madan has been the Centre Manager at Bombay Natural History Society, Delhi for the last 8 years. He has been instrumental in planning and development of the largest butterfly park in North India situated inside Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary. He has also played a crucial role in advising the Department of Forests and Wildlife, Government of NCT of Delhi on implementing restoration projects and biodiversity surveys.
Common Dragonflies of India
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If you want to learn more about dragonflies and damselflies, these will be useful.
If you live in and around Delhi, this book or fold-out poster will be useful.
Image – bio.png – If you want to share what you saw go to https://indiabiodiversity.org/group/Dragonflies_of_India/show
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