National Dragonfly Week (Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th July) 2020
Today, Saturday 18th 2020, is the start of Dragonfly Week, an annual celebration of these amazing members of the Odonata organised by the British Dragonfly Society. It is wonderful to see these magnificent creatures emerging from the office pond and we know how important small ponds are to many temperate species as in recent years, great tracts of wetland habitat have been lost.
Recently Emerged from the Office Pond – A Hawker Dragonfly
Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur
We are not experts, but we think the majority of dragonflies that we see are Southern Hawkers (Aeshna cyanea), a relatively large and inquisitive species that is widespread in the UK and Europe. These insects have a long fossil record with the first winged forms evolving around 325-330 million years ago (Carboniferous). They may have been around for a very long time, but it is always exciting to see them leave the office pond and very occasionally we can spot them in the warehouse yard.
A Fossil of a Dragonfly (Brazil – Crato Formation)
Picture Credit: Manchester University