Terry Tormin will give an illustrated presentation on dragonflies at the next meeting of the Sunshine Coast Natural History Society next Friday, May 2.
Dragonflies are ancient insects, the oldest known fossil of a “proto dragonfly” dating back more than 300 million years ago. Tormin will describe the life history of these amazing insects, from the aquatic nymph stage to the predatory adult. Dragonflies are amazing fliers, being able to propel themselves in six directions: upward, downward, forward, back, and side-to-side. He will also give an overview of the various families and some of the species that might occur in the area, and indicate the appropriate habitat where they can be found. Finally he will relate some of the challenges of photographing dragonflies.
Thormin is a keen naturalist, first working for a private ecological consulting company doing bird work, then for the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton for 23 years. His work was in the invertebrate zoology section, where he ran "The Bug Room.”
The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt. New members are welcome.
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