Odonata Odyssey: Nevada’s Dragonfly and Damselfly Diversity

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Galena Creek Visitor Center

18250 Mount Rose Highway · Reno

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The Visitor Center is located 6 miles up (west) on the Mount Rose Highway from Highway 580. There is a brown Visitor Center Sign on the right (north) and a dedicated right turn lane for the Center.

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Odonates, informally known and loved as dragonflies and damselflies, are insects with an aquatic larval stage and a terrestrial adult stage. Arising more than 250 million years ago during the Permian period, odonates have been infused in art and folklore for centuries. In addition to being the inspiration for planetary exploration design, odonates are excellent indicators of water quality here on our home planet. This presentation will focus on the life history of odonates, their diversity over time in Nevada, and threats to habitat. Join Marianne Denton, Environmental Scientist and Aquatic Ecologist, for this fascinating presentation.