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Chat on "Dragonflies and Damsel Flies" dated February 19, 2017
  • Nazneen: Hi
  • Susan Sharma: Hi let us try once again. There seems to be a tech problem
  • Nazneen: ok
  • Susan Sharma: Start with a brief intro.
  • Susan Sharma: Why are dragon flies important?
  • Susan Sharma: write small sentences
  • Nazneen: Dragonflies are very beautiful and colourful creature, it easly attracts our eye.
  • Nazneen: they are carnivores and faster flyer
  • Susan Sharma: Carnivores? What do they eat?
  • Nazneen: they eat flies / insects and sometimes dragonflies too which may sound like surprise to us...
  • Susan Sharma: How are damsel flies different?
  • Nazneen: so dragonflies are important for ecosystem to control the count of insects/mosquitoes
  • Nazneen: dragonflies and damselflies have two major differences
  • Nazneen: 1. by their eyes (Dragonflies have envelop eyes )
  • Nazneen: damselflies have separate eyes.
  • Nazneen: 2. is by their sitting position
  • Nazneen: dragonflies always sits with open wings
  • Nazneen: whereas damsel always keeps their wings closed while sitting..
  • Susan Sharma: Are damselflies carnivores too?
  • Nazneen: yes both are carnivores
  • Susan Sharma: What got you interested in this?
  • Nazneen: these two are major differences among damsel and dragon
  • Nazneen: i was doing bird photography since last 3& half year.. with my husband
  • Nazneen: as my husband is a bird lover and photographer we use to go-together on weekends...
  • Nazneen: one day i looked a couple dragonflie with wonderful behaviour and slowly got attracted to this...
  • Susan Sharma: How many species are found in India?
  • Nazneen: this happened in remote area of Rajasthan..
  • Susan Sharma: Ok, carry on
  • Nazneen: approx 494 species are found in India..
  • Susan Sharma: These are dragon flies or damselflies?
  • Susan Sharma: Is there any study on these creatures?
  • Nazneen: Dragonflies and damselflies are know as Odonata (and the count is for combination of both)
  • Nazneen: Exactly i was coming to this... there is no proper scientific research / studies done in our country as of now.. however some individuals are working on this kind of studies... soon you will see some good writeups and books
  • Susan Sharma: Hi Alok
  • Nazneen: Hey Alok..
  • Susan Sharma: There are studies abroad?
  • Nazneen: Yes they do
  • Nazneen: specially in London there is a society which does research on insects
  • Alok Kaushik: Hi
  • Susan Sharma: What about our own BNHS? No studies by them?
  • Nazneen: no as of now they don't have any expert on Odonata
  • Nazneen: Odonata are spotted only during summer sessions
  • Susan Sharma: There are many experts on Entomolgy. They cover all insects, I think.
  • Nazneen: True there are experts on Entomolgy but they are not specific to Odonata
  • Susan Sharma: Does entomology cover these insects too?
  • Nazneen: people do generic study or research on insects, specially on butterfly, moth but not on Odonata
  • Susan Sharma: Who are studying Odonata in India?
  • Susan Sharma: Which are the best locations to spot odonata?
  • Nazneen: ZSI have some group of people who are studying on Odonata as of now
  • Susan Sharma: That is the Zoo Authorities?
  • Nazneen: Identification of Odonata is not easy as small / minor change may invent a new species
  • Nazneen: ZSI is Zoological Survey of India
  • Susan Sharma: Ok, thanks.
  • Nazneen: Welcome Mam
  • Susan Sharma: Where can we spot these insects?
  • Nazneen: these can be spotted near to any wetland / water / fresh stream or lake / river etc...
  • Susan Sharma: Do these also undergo metamorphosis like moths and butterflies?
  • Nazneen: yes they do
  • Susan Sharma: Photographing these for identification must be tough
  • Susan Sharma: You need high power macro lenses?
  • Nazneen: yes.. one need good Macro lens and photographing is not easy as they keep humming
  • Susan Sharma: Tell us your experience in photographing them
  • Nazneen: Identifications in itself is a tough call and it's not possible to identify by photographs.. one needs to collect and study in details about the specimens before coming to any conclusions..
  • Susan Sharma: is there proof that odonata can control mosquitoes?
  • Nazneen: in early days clicking dragonfly was a little tough and challenging as the day starts after good sun light and goes till the sunset..
  • Nazneen: yes it is scientifically proofed
  • Susan Sharma: Any publications that you know of?
  • Nazneen: what kind of publications would you like to know..
  • Susan Sharma: Journals?
  • Nazneen: are u refering to some books published on Odonata...?
  • Susan Sharma: No, research articles
  • Nazneen: I have not seen any research article on Odonata as of now...
  • Nazneen: in India only ZSI & BNHS are the two major players in these areas...
  • Susan Sharma: That is Ok. Nazneen thank you for a wonderful chat.
  • Nazneen: ThankYou..
  • Susan Sharma: If Alok has no questions, shall we close the chat room?
  • Susan Sharma: As soon as we close, the unedited transcript will appear on our website.
  • Susan Sharma: Thank you and good night.
  • Alok Kaushik: Thanks. Yes, we can go ahead.
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