It's Dragonfly Week and so of course summer is here! ☀️🌸
You might spot these brightly-coloured flying insects zipping about almost anywhere, but during the breeding season they stay close to rivers, canals and ponds where reed fringes provide great breeding sites and hunting grounds!
Dragonflies are aquatic and females deposit their eggs on the water's surface or into aquatic plants or moss. When hatched, the nymph dragonfly hunts other aquatic invertebrates and goes through a process called ‘emerging’, shedding their underwater skin, before taking to the air for the first time!
Habitat creators, like ourselves, are mindful of this when working in order to protect these and many other species of insects!
Check out the British Dragonfly Society website for lots of ways to get celebrate these beautiful creatures!
Image Male Emperor by Steve Plume