Dragonfly Day at Wicken Fen kicked off events for National Dragonfly Week. There were short guided walks, a Dragonfly Quiz Trail, games for the younger children and plenty of craft activities. Pond dipping produced lots of large and ferocious-looking diving beetle larvae, as well as damselfly and dragonfly larvae, water boatman, whirligig beetles and water mites.
Metamorphosis is a dragonfly sculpture 7 feet 6 inches long with a wingspan of 10 feet 8 inches, it has been built in Canada by a group of artists. The BDS first became aware of this project nearly a year ago and has followed it throughout. The end result is a fantastic blend of the realistic and the artistic. We hope you agree.
Fine weather brings desert dragonflies to Britain. Large numbers of predatory invaders have been silently invading Europe … and some of these have reached Britain! The invaders in question are brownish dragonflies known as Vagrant Emperors.
A new invasive species is spreading in UK Water bodies. An invasive shrimp species has reached the UK after spreading across Europe from the Ponto-Caspian region of Eastern Europe. The shrimp Dikerogammarus villosus has been dubbed the ‘Killer Shrimp’ as it is a ferocious killer of waterlife including damselfly larvae.
Cumbria Wildlife Trust is reintroducing the rare White-faced Darter dragonfly onto a lowland raised bog in north Cumbria. This is the first attempt to reintroduce the White-faced Darter dragonfly anywhere in the UK.
Dainty Damselflies have been found in Britain after a 57 year absence. This delicate blue damselfly had been declared extinct after floods wiped out the last remaining populations in 1953.