Odonates (Odes-Miniblitz)

Odonates are members of the insect order Odonata, comprising dragonflies and damselflies.  This fascinating group of animals holds much the same appeal with nature lovers as birds and butterflies (i.e. diverse and conspicuous, aesthetically pleasing, ecologically interesting), and with the 2003 release of Tim Manolis' fantastic identification guide, Dragonflies and Damselflies of California, the group became that much more accessible to anyone with a pair of binoculars or a camera (although a net is still handy for some identifications!).

Every year, a group of California odonate enthusiasts (CalOdes) converges for a long weekend somewhere in the state for an Odes-Blitz, wherein they attempt to document new species for state or county lists. TINS sponsors, instead, an Odes-Miniblitz, and our goals are threefold:  to (1) document the odonate fauna of the Tahoe region, (2) identify locations with high odonate diversity or hosting unique or rare species, and (3) have fun!

Timing of the event varies from year to year.  2010 Odes-Miniblitz photos can be found HERE.  2011 photos are HERE.

Anyone interested in participating in future mini-blitzes is encouraged to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.




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