Dragonfly Survey

Click on this image and you’ll see Mika’s blog on the same thing in Spanish.

The other day Josep and Ricard of Oxygastra came to do a survey of the different species of dragonflies and damselflies. Also a friend of ours, Jesús Ortiz of CEN, also came along.

It was interesting collecting samples of empty nymph skins, and perhaps most fun of all was  going round with nets trying to catch living samples! (I caught two).

In the end nine different species were found in two different places on the land. Here’s a list of the different species and their Latin names.

In the naturalised swimming pool  we found:

Willow Emerald Damselfly (Chalcolestes viridis) – one beautiful damselfly if ever I saw one! Also one I caught myself.

Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) – one I’m sure I’ve seen in England.

Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum canellatum) – another one I caught.

Scarlet Dragonfly (Crocothemis erythraea) – we saw this distinctive red one for a while wondering what it could be.

Common or Southern Darter (Sympetrum striolatum/meridionale) – from what I understood this could be one of two species.

Behind the house is a small stream where we found a few:

Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)

Golden-ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii) – we saw a female laying her eggs. We’d seen their nymphs recently, and what ferocious lookers they are!

Keeled skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens)

Onychogomphus sp. – another that I believe wasn’t properly identified. There are various species of  Onychogomphus.


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