Successful Telemetry in Dragonflies

Rassim Khelifa

This picture of a blue-eyed darner (Rhionaeschna multicolor) equipped with a very light transmitter represents our successful attempt to track dragonflies at UBC farm. Using a receiver and an antenna, the dragonfly was detected flying, foraging, and fighting on multiple occasions afterward. This device helps us to understand the movement and foraging behavior of this predatory insect. Combined with feces metabarcoding, we will determine whether dragonflies play a key role in pest control.