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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Dragonfly identification

Heart of the Levels Wildlife Group

A member has emailed me to tell me that my dragonfly shown above and in the photo in my last post is:

"a female Broadbodied Chaser (Libellula depressa). It is one of the earliest species to emerge (normally early May) and numbers tail off through July and August.
L. depressa is mainly found by small ponds and is often the first species to colonise a newly created water body. The males have a blue abdomen when mature, but when young look like this female."

Its a prompt that I will have to start planning my next garden project- a pond!

Its very encouraging that the blog provides an ideal way for us all to share our wildlife knowledge and experiences.

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