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NParks Dragonfly Watch

Enjoy spotting dragonflies and damselflies, or interested to learn more about them?

Join us for the Dragonfly Watch, organised as part of the NParks Community in Nature Biodiversity Watch series, and contribute to a citizen science study on these amazing flying predators.

You can also learn more about our common dragonflies and damselflies through our interactive e-learning module.

Dragonfly Watch March 2022 is now closed. Please join us again in August!

What is the Dragonfly Watch all about?

The Dragonfly Watch is a citizen science initiative to involve the community in collecting valuable information about dragonflies and damselflies in our parks, gardens and reserves.

With the data collected from survey transects from the various parks around Singapore, we can start piecing together information about where our dragonflies and damselflies are found and in what numbers! This information will contribute towards better park management and conservation measures.

*For simplicity, we are using the broad term of ‘dragonfly’ here to refer to both dragonflies and damselflies unless otherwise specified.

 

Results from 2021 Dragonfly Watch

 

Results from past Dragonfly Watch surveys

2020
2019
2018
2017


How can I participate?

Experienced volunteers aged 12 and above can sign up and volunteer with us.

A training workshop on dragonfly identification and survey techniques will be organised for beginner and intermediate dragonfly-watchers before the survey. You will be given relevant training materials and a recording of the theory workshop to help with your revision. You will be assigned a survey site closer to the date of the survey.

 

What happens after I have signed up?

  1. We will email you the details one week before the Dragonfly Watch, we will send you information about your designated site and locations of waterbodies for your survey.
  2. Head down to your site on any day between 12 to 20 March (from 9 am to 5 pm) and conduct the count at your designated transect. The survey should take no more than three hours and can be conducted anytime from 9 am to 5 pm. The following windows are recommended:
    • 9 am to 12 pm
    • 2 pm to 5 pm
  3. Send the results of your survey to us either using the online survey form or email us a scanned copy of your datasheet!

If you have any questions, please email us at CIN@nparks.gov.sg with “DW_Mar2022” in the email subject.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

  1. I don’t have any dragonfly-watching experience. Can I still participate?

    This run of Dragonfly Watch (12 - 20 Mar 2022) is only open for experienced volunteers. Please look out for the next run in August. 

     

  2. Do I need any special equipment?

    The survey is designed to accommodate surveyors without any specialised equipment such as a camera or a pair of binoculars. All you need is a datasheet and a pen, or a smartphone with the SGBioAtlas app. You are encouraged to bring along a camera and/or a pair of binoculars though!

     

  3. What are the common species?

    Here are the common damselfly and dragonfly species:

    ID

    Common Name

    Scientific Name

    Damselflies

    Family Coenagrionidae

    01

    Variable Wisp

    Agriocnemis femina

    02

    Ornate Coraltail

    Ceriagrion cerinorubellum

    03

    Common Bluetail

    Ischnura senegalensis

    04

    Blue Sprite

    Pseudagrion microcephalum

    Dragonflies

    Family Gomphidae

    05

    Common Flangetail

    Ictinogomphus decoratus

    Family Libellulidae

    06

    Trumpet Tail

    Acisoma panorpoides

    07

    Grenadier

    Agrionoptera insignis

    08

    Blue Dasher

    Brachydiplax chalybea

    09

    Common Amberwing

    Brachythemis contaminata

    10

    Common Scarlet

    Crocothemis servilia

    11

    Common Parasol

    Neurothemis fluctuans

    12

    Spine-tufted Skimmer

    Orthetrum chrysis

    13

    Blue Skimmer

    Orthetrum glaucum

    14

    Variegated Green Skimmer

    Orthetrum sabina

    15

    Scarlet Skimmer

    Orthetrum testaceum

    16

    Wandering Glider

    Pantala flavescens

    17

    Common Chaser

    Potamarcha congener

    18

    Banded Skimmer

    Pseudothemis jorina

    19

    Common Redbolt

    Rhodothemis rufa

    20

    Yellow-barred Flutterer

    Rhyothemis phyllis

    21

    White-barred Duskhawk

    Tholymis tillarga

    22

    Crimson Dropwing

    Trithemis aurora

    23

    Scarlet Basker

    Urothemis signata insignata

     

     

  4. When and where are the training sessions?

    There is no training for Dragonfly Watch (12 - 20 Mar 2022) as it is open to experienced volunteers only. 

  5. Will the Dragonfly Watch be very time consuming?

    The dragonfly survey itself will take no more than three hours, to be conducted on any day between 12 March to 20 March 2022 between 9 am to 5 pm. The following windows are recommended:

    • 9 am to 12 pm
    • 2 pm to 5 pm

    If you volunteer to do counts at more than one site, you may be required to spend more than one day within the stipulated week to carry this out.

     

  6. How will the data I collect help NParks’ park management and conservation efforts?

    The data on the dragonfly species and their distribution collected during the Dragonfly Watch will help establish a baseline from which we can monitor the patterns in dragonfly populations in Singapore. With the counts held annually, we can track changes over time and develop management strategies to sustain or even enhance these populations.

     

  7. Can my school/company/organisation participate in this event? Can you provide a private training session for us?

    Private trainings are currently suspended until further notice. 

     

  8. Can children under the age of 12 participate in this event?

    Children aged 12 years and below can be included in the group of 5 conducting the surveys as long as they are accompanied by their parents or guardian. However, please note that if there is more than one child aged 12 and below and in the group of 5, all children must be from the same household. They can be registered under the 'Children under 12 years old' section in the Dragonfly Watch registration form.

     

Last updated on 11 March 2022

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