Friday, 8 July 2011


There be dragons in the BirdGuides office this week. We've been busily putting the finishing touches to our new Dragonflies & Damselflies of Britain & Ireland app, based on the wonderful book by Dave Smallshire & Andy Swash.

With a window in the weather yesterday, we dashed out of the office to try a bit of app field testing... and to catch up with a species that was new for all of us in the process.

Completely red abdomen, dark thorax, red eyes, reddish legs and reddish pterostigma... It must be a Small Red Damselfly! And thankfully our app agrees.

They were surprisingly common and showed well, until the sun went behind a cloud at which point they would instantly melt away into the vegetation.

Also on site were Keeled Skimmer:

...Emerald Damselfly:

...and Black Darter:

Other stuff on site included this tiny Palmate Newt:

And several species of insectivorous plant. Butterwort sp.:

...Round-leaved Sundew:

...and Narrow-leaved Sundew

Huge thanks to Betty at QinetiQ, without whom our visit wouldn't have been possible.

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