We have birding for birds, herping for reptiles and amphibians, mothing for moths… What do you call it when you look for dragonflies and damselflies? Oding? Dragonflying? Something else?
I propose “dragonhunting”.
If you pursue a Hagenius brevistylus as it forages, you are dragonhunting a dragonhunter that is itself dragonhunting
in the context of iNaturalist, i think odonatting would be better
I think the term for hunting dragons and damsels is either questing or knighting.
But seriously, odonating sounds correct.
Odonating sounds good to me
I am seeing quite a few Google hits for “odonating”, and several in agreement here, so that sounds good to me!
Haha, I like it!
I have totally called it “dragonhunting” before for fun :)
Thanks everyone for the quick responses!
My friend has definitely used “oding” before, but I don’t know if it’s widespread
Given the widespread use of a net while doing it, I’d propose swinging. Or is that taken already
Whatever it’s called, if you sing while you’re doing it, you’re odeling.
Ooh, how about “OdiNatting”? A combination of “odonatting” and “iNatting” for when you’re searching for dragonflies and damselflies to document for iNat!
when i read this aloud in my mind, i imagine someone looking for dragonflies falling into a pond and drowning or getting pulled under by an alligator
this must be correct, but in regarding what it sounds like:
bob: what are you doing today?
bob: donating what?
I read “OdiNatting” as making observations at an international cricket match!.. but at a more respectable pace than during a test match :)
Awesome use of the language – you win the internet today!
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