We have a very special visitor to our gardens this week, Sue Rees Evans, of Shropshire Dragonflies, who has very kindly spent her morning identifying the species of common Dragonfly and Damselfly which have made our pond their home.
For those unfamiliar, Dragonflies have narrower front wings (or forewings) than back wings (hindwings), are generally larger than Damselflies and more powerful. When they land they leave their wings outstretched. Damselflies have equal sized forewings and hindwings, are generally smaller and less powerful in flight than Dragonflies. When they land they fold their wings.
Park yourself on the picnic benches by our pond, and you might be lucky enough to see the following’:
Broad Bodied Chaser
Four Spotted Chaser
Detailed photographs and information on each species are available on the Shropshire Dragon Fly Society website: http://shropshiredragonflies.co.uk/