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Dragonflies of Florida

  • Prairie Creek Lodge 7204 SE County Road 234 Gainesville United States (map)

Dragonflies and Damselflies are fascinating and conspicuous components of our insect fauna. There are 169 species recorded from Florida and 116 species have been found in Alachua County.

This talk will cover basic biological facts about the group, including anatomy, life cycle, reproduction, behavior, habitats, and feeding. The non-technical discussion will be illustrated with photographs of many local species.

We will also walk around the fields and wetlands of the preserve and try to find these fast-flyers.

Dr. Franklin “Buck” Snelson is leading this talk/walk, and he is a research associate at the Florida Museum of Natural History.


Be sure to wear hiking shoes (boots preferred - you never know how wet parts of the trail might be) and long pants. If you have binoculars, please bring them too. You can also bring water and snacks.


Saturday, October 5

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Meet at:

Prairie Creek Lodge
7204 SE CR 234
Gainesville, FL 32641


Prairie Creek Preserve and the surrounding 1,150 acres were purchased by Alachua Conservation Trust from 2005 to 2017. Over 500 acres of the property have been added to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, and the remainder comprises Prairie Creek Preserve, a 606-acre nature preserve that is adjacent to Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery, a natural burial ground that also conserves land.


Contact Alachua Conservation Trust by phone: (352) 373-1078 or email:

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