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Damsel in Distress

Saturday, June 2nd 2012

Keith Gittens, local dragonfly recorder for the British Dragonfly Society, gave a dragonfly identification talk to staff and volunteers. In spite of the cold weather for the time of year, the group went out after lunch to look for dragonflies and damselflies.

Dragonfly Identification

Several Blue-tailed and Large red damselflies were found sheltering amongst the marginal vegetation. In addition, a large number of exuvia (empty larval cases) were discovered. The one pictured here is from an emerged Large red.

Large red exuvia

Going in for a closer look, June got more than she bargained for!

Damsel in Distress

Thank you to Keith and June for giving up their Saturday and sharing their knowledge.

For more information on these fascinating insects that have inhabited the planet for over two million years see the Yorkshire Branch of the British Dragonfly Society website www.yorkshiredragonflies.org.uk

Or why not become a member of The British Dragonfly Society


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