Author: Rachel Davies

Male Broad-bodied Chaser. Photographer: Charles J Sharp

National Dragonfly Week 2017

Welcome to National Dragonfly Week 2017! This year it’s running from Saturday 15th July until Sunday 23rd July. There is a lot going on to celebrate these wonderful insects, including guided walks, identification...

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In the Spotlight- the European Mole

  The European mole, Tapla europaea, is an often over-looked species here in Britain. Many people will walk past a mole hill on a weekly basis and many children will be able to...

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A Quick Guide to- the Common Cockchafer

  The common cockchafer, Melolontha melolontha, is a rather large beetle that flies about noisily, emitting a loud whirring noise. It is more commonly known as the May Bug and it gets this...

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A Quick Guide to- the Goldenrod Crab Spider

The goldenrod crab spider, also known as the flower crab spider, Misumena vatia, captured my attention when I learnt of its colour changing ability. Such an unusual trait for a British spider, I...

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Great news in the War on Waste!

2015 saw a huge development in the war on waste. All over the world people were coming together to combat a sickening reality- so many countries waste an astonishing amount of food every...

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Great News in Plastics!

In recent years plastics have been in the news consistently due to the damage they are causing to our environments worldwide.  Plastics are a problem as they don’t decompose easily, with estimates stating ...

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A Dragonfly a Day- White-faced Darter

Originally published 10/07/2015.   The White-faced Darter, Leucorrhinia dubia, is the dragonfly that sparked my interest in this fascinating group of insects and so it seems only fitting to finish ‘A Dragonfly a Day’...

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A Dragonfly a Day- Blue-tailed Damselfly

Originally published 09/07/2015.   The Blue-tailed Damselfly, Ischnura elegans, is another species that is fairly easy to identify, making it another good damselfly for beginners. The females of this species have several colour...

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A Dragonfly a Day- Four-spotted Chaser

Originally published 08/07/2015.   The Four-spotted Chaser, Libellula quadrimaculata, is a magnificent dragonfly to watch! They live up to their name by often chasing away intruders from their territories and will often stop...

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A Dragonfly a Day- Large Red Damselfly

Originally published 07/07/2015. The Large Red Damselfly, Pyrrhosoma nymphula, is very common and widespread in the UK and is therefore a very common damselfly to be spotted. It also emerges earliest in the...

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