DRAGONFLIES OF THE STOUR AREA

WILDLIFE

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Dragonflies spend most of their lives as aquatic predatory larvae, living on aquatic invertebrates, tadpoles and even small fish. Many only live a few short weeks as adults in which they hunt smaller flying insects, mate and lay eggs for the next generation. Some spend several years at the larval stage.

Many of the species found in the area are in the slide show below, these include:

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)

Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)

Broad-bodied chaser (Libellula depressa)

Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)

Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)

Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)

Emperor (Anax imperator)