Vermont Odonate Data: Additions, Deletions, Questions

Michael Blust

Green Mountain College



Vermont is the most under-surveyed state in the northeast for Odonates. Information has been scattered and not well organized. In an effort to assimilate this data, we have listed approximately 133 species of Odonata that have been recorded from Vermont . Six of these have been added in the past two years. Evidence indicates there are likely to be at least another 15 species in the state that have yet to be recorded. Some historical records have been removed based on lack of sufficient evidence. Data is being compiled from state level distributions from Needham , Westfall & May, reports to the state Natural Heritage program, dot-map data, recent collecting activity, and museum collections. The summary data is available on an "Odonata of Vermont" website in an effort to encourage more odonatist interest and activity in the state.


Biography: Michael Blust is Professor of Biology at Green Mountain College in Poultney , Vermont . His M.S. Thesis was on the Life History of Stylogomphus albistylus at the Stroud Water Research Center in Pennsylvania . He earned his Ph.D. in Entomology at Kansas State University studying grasshopper - host plant interactions.


Contact Info: Michael Blust, Department of Science and Math, Green Mountain College, One College Circle, Poultney, VT 05764. Email: