In these last two years we've seen 265 splash-dunk events. Each event consists of 1 to 8 separate splash-dunks, with an average number of splash-dunks per event of 2.31. The case of 8 splash-dunks, seen just once this year, is an interesting case in its own right. A later post titled "The Case Of The Constipated Darner" will tell that story in detail. Here's the link:
The drop off in the number of splash-dunks in an event is roughly exponential, indicating that splash-dunks are approximately independent of one another. Roughly speaking, each time a dragonfly dunks there is about a 67% chance it will splash-dunk again.
Most of the splash-dunks were performed by Happy-face Darners (Paddle-tailed Darner). Here's one of them that was at Cranberry Lake just a few days ago:
|A male Happy-face Darner (Paddle-tailed Darner) at Cranberry Lake recently. What a treat to go to the lake and see these wonderful creatures.|