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Spring Dragonfly Day at Exbury Gardens

Wednesday, 5 April 2023
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Event Category:
Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway
Southampton, SO45 1AZ United Kingdom
Venue Phone:
+44 (0)23 8089 1203
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Discover a world beneath the water this Easter holiday! The British Dragonfly Society will be taking a closer look at the dragonfly larvae in Exbury Garden’s Dragonfly Hotspot pond.

Stop by to take a closer look at dragonflies during the larval phase of their life cycle, and discover how they transform from their underwater beginnings into the eye-catching flying adults we know so well. Dragonflies spend most of their lives in their larval stage. During this time dragonflies catch and eat live prey at every opportunity using excellent hunting skills. They eat water fleas, bloodworms, other insect larvae, snails, tadpoles and small fish—the larger larvae taking the largest prey. Larval development typically takes one or two years, but ranges from 2–3 months (Emerald Damselfly) to more than five years (Golden-ringed Dragonfly).

Volunteers and staff will be surveying the pond and catching dragonfly larvae to identify. There will be larvae samples on display to view and free information about dragonflies to take away.

To book admission to the gardens please visit Exbury Gardens website