May. 16, 2012

Cultural Entomology: Dragonflies

by The Bug Chicks

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Dragonflies and damselflies are in the Order Odonata.  These insects date back to prehistoric times and have influenced human culture, especially Japanese society.  This video, created for a course called Insects and Human Society at Texas A&M University, explores the biology and morphology of these animals and takes a fascinating look at these insects through the lens of cultural entomology.  Also, we explain mating and courtship behaviors dressed up as giant dragonflies.  What’s not to like?
We hope you enjoy the video and we can’t wait for you to see them all.  It really speaks volumes that the Department of Entomology would commission such a fun project!
Learn how you can help scientists with dragonfly research: Studying Dragonfly Swarms with Citizen Science


About The Bug Chicks

Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker are The Bug Chicks. They each have Masters Degrees in Entomology and love to teach people about insects and spiders.

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