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U is for Uhler’s Sundragon

Photo by Matt Tillett on Flikr. . Uhler’s sundragon is a rare dragonfly that lives in the eastern U.S and Canada. Not much is known about its lifecycle, but it is seen most often flying very quickly along the banks of fast-moving streams. Dragonflies have incredible abilities to fly up, down, backwards and forwards and …

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And now I have the set – a banded demoiselle!

Today I took my camera on my dog walk, and decided to try to get a banded demoiselle photo by the river. The banded demoiselles seem more skittish than the beautiful demoiselles – every time I raised the camera the one I was looking at would fly off in a flurry of beautiful four-spot winged …

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In the garden this morning… a demoiselle!

In May, out walking with my dog, I see these exquisite damselflies, the demoiselles, dancing in the sun and dappled shadows of the river margins. There are two varieties – these Beautiful Demoiselles, Calopteryx virgo and Banded Demoiselles, Calopteryx splendens – we are lucky to have both of them. This morning whilst writing, behind the computer outside …

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I is for Insect

There are a LOT of insects in the world. Some estimates put the number of living species as 30 million, only 900,000 of which have been described.  They are incredibly important to us – pollinating our crops, feeding us and other creatures, eating up poo- without insects we’d be neck deep in the stuff, breaking …

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