Verb for searching for dragonflies and damselflies?

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?

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I propose “dragonhunting”.

If you pursue a Hagenius brevistylus as it forages, you are dragonhunting a dragonhunter that is itself dragonhunting

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in the context of iNaturalist, i think odonatting would be better

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Dramseling!

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I think the term for hunting dragons and damsels is either questing or knighting.

But seriously, odonating sounds correct.

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Odonating sounds good to me

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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!

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My friend has definitely used “oding” before, but I don’t know if it’s widespread

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Given the widespread use of a net while doing it, I’d propose swinging. Or is that taken already :wink:

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Whatever it’s called, if you sing while you’re doing it, you’re odeling. :upside_down_face:

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Ooh, how about “OdiNatting”? A combination of “odonatting” and “iNatting” for when you’re searching for dragonflies and damselflies to document for iNat!

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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?
jane: odonating.
bob: donating what?

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I read “OdiNatting” as making observations at an international cricket match!.. but at a more respectable pace than during a test match :)

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:laughing:

Awesome use of the language – you win the internet today!

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