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DuPage Forest Preserve to raise endangered dragonflies in Warrenville

Published: Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 3:30 p.m. CDT

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County will be raising endangered Hine's emerald dragonfly larvae thanks to federal funding, according to a news release from the district.

The rare insects will be raised at the Urban Stream Research Center at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville.

The program will minimize the risks associated with transporting the larvae long distances between rearing and release sites. Less than 1 percent of the dragonfly's eggs develop into larvae, and the species is only found in six locations worldwide.

The four-year program, funded by $69,733 in federal funding, will be done in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Genoa National Fish Hatchery and the Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly Working Group.

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