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Dragonfly and Damselfly expert shares knowledge with the public

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Dan Jackson, President WI Dragonflies Society Dan Jackson, President WI Dragonflies Society
La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

Dragonflies and their relative, damselflies, are born in the water and emerge in their winged adult form to enhance nature with color.

The public was invited to visit the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Visitor Center on Saturday. 

The event, "Discover Dragonflies and Damselflies," took place from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. 

Dan Jackson, local dragonfly and damselfly expert, shared his findings about the species at the refuge visitor center with special permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Jackson expanded on identification tips, personal photographs, and reflections on the species he's seen. He added that although the insects are small, they have a large impact on the environment. 

"They also are huge predators of other flying insects, especially. So a dragonfly will eat many times its weight in mosquito, deerflies, all those little insects that we don't like very much. So they can be a big help to us, to get rid of some of our pests," said Jackson."

Following Jackson's presentation, those in attendance were able to enjoy a walk to help them identify the insects. 

MORE INFORMATION: Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge 

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