Sombre Goldenring (Cordulegaster bidentata)

…also known as the Two-toothed Goldenring, the sombre goldenring is a species of spiketail dragonfly (Cordulegastridae) which is native to Central and Southern Europe, reaching as far south as Sicily. Sombre goldenring are known to breed in mountain springs and as such adults are typically located near said spring systems. Although they are not formally listed their population is in decline, the biggest threat is thought to be due to climate change. 


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Image: Robert Flogaus-Faust

Banded Darter (Sympetrum pedemontatum)

..a species of Libellulid dragonfly which is a resident in continental Europe. Its main range is centralized in the south-eastern region, but in recent years they appear to be spreading westwards. They have even been recorded as vagrants as far as Great Britain! Banded darters are common in area of medium altitude and are typically associated with areas of water. 


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Image: Christian Fischer

Crimson-tailed Marsh Hawk (Orthetrum pruinosum)

….a species of skimmer (Libellulidae) which is widely distributed throughout parts of Asia. Occurring from west India to Japan south through Java and the Sunda Islands. Like other dragonflies, crimson-tailed marsh hawks are active predators, catching a wide range of insects in flight. 


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Image: Jeevan Jose


Scarlet Dwarf (Nannophya pygmaea

Also known as the Northern Pygmyfly or the “Tiny Dragonfly”, N.pygmaea is a small species of Libellulid dragonfly that ranges from Southeast Asia to China and Japan, it also occurs in parts of Australia. The scarlet dwarf is one of the smallest species of dragonfly that is known to science with a wingspan of only 20mm. Scarlet dwarves typically inhabit grassy swamps and other wet areas and are active at noon. Like some other odonates they typically assume a handstand-like position, this prevents them from overheating on hot days as they receive less radiation.



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