DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES
What stunning creatures Dragonflies and damselflies really are !.
Like irredescent jewels these colourful fascinating creatures are extremely efficient hunters. Their aerial hunting and teritorial displays are mezmerizing to watch as they skim over their favoured hunting grounds seeking out prey and defending their territory. With fossil remains dating back to millions of years. They are essentially aquatic animals living out most of their lives in water, where they feed on all manner of prey.
We have 24 species of resident Dragonflies and 11 species or resident Damselflies in Ireland.
Here we will record and document the species we find at Wildacres Nature Reserve. In the future we would expect to find many new species as we increase the areas of wetland habitat.
Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense
Ruddy Darter Dragonfly Sympetrum sanguineum
Four Spotted Chaser Libellulla quadrimaculata
Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator
Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo
Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula
Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum