Cape May in Cape May County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Swarms of Dragonﬂies
—Wildlife Migration —
These harmless insects become more concentrated at peninsulas and other coastal locations after cold fronts. Most dragonfly migration swarms follow geographical features in the landscape, such as coastlines, lake shores, and even the Garden State Parkway.
There is still much to learn about their migration. Researchers are trying to determine their origin, their destination, and the distance that they travel. Fat deposits in the abdomens suggest they may migrate long distances. Where do you think they are going?
Erected by State of New Jersey – Division of Parks & Forestry.
Location. 38° 55.933′ N, 74° 57.569′ W. Marker is in Cape May, New Jersey, in Cape May County. Marker can be reached from Lighthouse Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in Cape May Point State Park, near the museum at the south end of the parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Cape May Point NJ 08212, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fragile Flyers (a few steps from this marker); Flipper and Friends (within shouting distance of this marker); What is it? (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); All Shapes, Sizes and Materials (about 400 feet away); Lighthouse Keepers' Homes & Gardens (about 400 feet away); Cape May Lighthouse (about 400 feet away); Shorebirds Galore (about 400 feet away); Oil House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape May.
More about this marker. Photographs of five different species of dragonflies appear at the bottom of the marker. Photographs by Mike May, Ken Soltenz and Patricia Sutton. They have the following captions:
“The green darner (Anax junius) is the most common migrant in the Northeast. They arrive in April or May and lay eggs, which hatch in August before the southward migration.”
“Black saddlebags (Tramea lacerate) are very common migrants that also form large swarms.”
“Carolina saddlebags (Tramea Carolina) usually migrate with black saddlebags.”
“The wandering glider (Pantala flavescens) is a vagrant that tends to migrate all over the world, following tropical weather systems.”
Also see . . . New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. National Park Service website. (Submitted on June 30, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 851 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 30, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.