Welcome to the Institute of Dragonfly Natural History!
The Institute of Dragonfly Natural History is an independent researh institute founded in Sakura-ku, Saitama-city, Saitama prefecture, Japan.
The mission of the Institute of Dragonfly Natural History is to study
the natural history (life history, behavior, ecology, evolution) of the
order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) of the world, especially of
Japan and to contribute to the advancement and dissemination of odonate
biology and to the activity for the conservation of dragonflies and their
Dr. Hidenori Ubukata (Director of the institute)
The institute was established in August, 2014, and has been managed since
then by Dr. Hidenori Ubukata (Professor Emeritus of Hokkaido University
He started researches on odonate ecology/behavior since early 1970s and
was granted a degree of Doctor of Science by Hokkaido University in 1979
Throughout his academic carrier in Hokkaido University of Education from
1979 to 2013, he continued researches and education in odonatology.
In 1993 he convened six specialists of dragonfly conservation and four
active dragonfly investigators to the International Symposium on the Conservation
of Dragonflies and Their Habitats from UK, Germany, USA, South Africa ,
Australia and Japan. The Proceedings of it were edited by him and his friends,
P. S. Corbet and S. W. Dunkle, which appeared in 1995.
From the start of the Worldwide Dragonfly Association (WDA), he actively
supported this new international organization of odonatology, especially
through the setting up of the Japanese Group of the association. From 1999
he served the association as a member of the Board of Trustees for ten
For the fiscal year of 2007-2008, he took charge of President of WDA. and
helped to hold the 2009 International Congress of Odonatology in Namibia,
which was the first such a meeting that was held in Africa.
Recently he contributed to successful holding of the 2012 International
Congress of Odonatology at Odawara, Japan, as the secretary of the organizing