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Old Monday 4th May 2020, 07:27   #26
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This doesn't count as a record, but at the end of last week there was another of the occasional reports of Ischnura senegalensis emerging from someone's tropical fish tank. It was reported on Twitter by someone from the Reading area and identified by Dave Smallshire.
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This doesn't count as a record, but at the end of last week there was another of the occasional reports of Ischnura senegalensis emerging from someone's tropical fish tank. It was reported on Twitter by someone from the Reading area and identified by Dave Smallshire.
I'm amazed at how many of these seem to turn up & presumably many more than go unreported. I'm pleased Dave covered this in the most recent update to his UK photo guide.

Look forward to his European version due later in the year.
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Lovely shot of the Emperor, what are the white, hair like structures above the exuvia?
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Old Monday 4th May 2020, 15:14   #29
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Lovely shot of the Emperor, what are the white, hair like structures above the exuvia?
Tracheal tubes.
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Old Monday 4th May 2020, 15:24   #30
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Tracheal tubes.
What aeshna5 said - they have usually disappeared (wind or rain) by the time I get to collect the exuviae.
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Thanks chaps, so a breathing apparatus, when, how is it used?
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Thanks chaps, so a breathing apparatus, when, how is it used?
When the larva is still in the water it breathes through its arse. I think the tracheal tubes are used (to connect to the thoracic spiracles) in the first stage of the emergence when the larva has come out of the water but the cuticle hasn't split - once the insect has got its head and thorax out then it can just breathe through the thoracic spiracles (and the abdominal ones once the abdomen is out)

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That's amazing, thanks Paul.
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Broad-bodied Chaser (f) down near Falmouth today. Had another Large Red Damselfly at a different location a week or so ago.
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Had a fairly productive day this afternoon over 2 nearby sites- the country park down the road & a golf course with 4 ponds a bit further along. Between them had c50 Large Red, 30+ Azure & 10 Blue-tailed Damsels, 2 teneral Broad-bodied Chasers & my first 5 recently emerged 4-spot Chasers.

Bumped into another local naturalist & he told me he'd seen a female Hairy Dragonfly & a Downy Emerald. Didn't see these but did briefly see 2 male Hairy Dragonflies.
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Old Friday 8th May 2020, 19:57   #36
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From the fb group "Dragonflies and Damselflies - Worldwide Odonata" a Scarce Blue-tailed damselfly in Norfolk today (8th May).

I've seen 13 species so far and the only one I might have seen on date if I had been close enough is Southern Damselfly. Fortunate to live very close to some productive sites.

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First dragons today as I took my exercise along the canal (along with a lot of other courteous people all making space for each other, smiling and being friendly.)

From zero for the year to six: Large Red, Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies, a female Broad-bodied Chaser and plenty of Downy Emeralds and Hairy Dragonflies, one of the last of which stopped for me.

A very enjoyable walk with lots of Roach, a few Common Carp and two small Pike in the canal as well.

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There was a young male Black-tailed Skimmer in Nursling (Hants) yesterday (9th May)
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I didn't expect to be in range for Hairy Dragonfly at this time of year, but it turns out there's a couple of little dots on the map a few miles west of Durham that I'm thinking of exploring next week when I get a chance to get out and the weather warms up again. I've never seen Hairy Dragonfly before. Can any of the experts give me any tips as to what sort of habitat and what elevation I should be looking, please. I say 'elevation' because one of my plans is to be on some raised fells a 100m or so above sea level to look for other bits and bobs (mainly Emperor Moth). Should I be looking at ditches and streams at sea level and forget about acidic, moorland boggy types of environments? Thanks.
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I didn't expect to be in range for Hairy Dragonfly at this time of year, but it turns out there's a couple of little dots on the map a few miles west of Durham that I'm thinking of exploring next week when I get a chance to get out and the weather warms up again. I've never seen Hairy Dragonfly before. Can any of the experts give me any tips as to what sort of habitat and what elevation I should be looking, please. I say 'elevation' because one of my plans is to be on some raised fells a 100m or so above sea level to look for other bits and bobs (mainly Emperor Moth). Should I be looking at ditches and streams at sea level and forget about acidic, moorland boggy types of environments? Thanks.

Think you're unlikely to find any in the latter habitat. Seems to be a lowland species which in the south-east is found around lakes/large ponds with good amounts of reeds or similar emergent vegetation; even wide channels between reeds. I've found them locally in the last couple of weeks where I wasn't aware they occurred- one of the upsides to the lockdown!
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Think you're unlikely to find any in the latter habitat. Seems to be a lowland species which in the south-east is found around lakes/large ponds with good amounts of reeds or similar emergent vegetation; even wide channels between reeds. I've found them locally in the last couple of weeks where I wasn't aware they occurred- one of the upsides to the lockdown!
Basingstoke Canal is one of the good places to look round here and although they do venture into the centre their patrol lines tend to be up and down the reedy/rushy banks for the most part.

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Good advice, thanks. I thought I'd heard the word 'canals' in association with the species before; possibly during your year list account last year, John? Anyhow, swings and roundabouts, I might struggle to find the habitat you're describing where I'm going at the weekend, but I've just had confirmation there's Emperor moths at that site.

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I think I had a beautiful demoiselle in the garden today?
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I'm amazed at how many of these seem to turn up & presumably many more than go unreported. I'm pleased Dave covered this in the most recent update to his UK photo guide.

Look forward to his European version due later in the year.
I've just received my copy of "Europe's Dragonflies" - Smallshire & Swash. It's very good.
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I think I had a beautiful demoiselle in the garden today?
Yes - a young male.
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I've just received my copy of "Europe's Dragonflies" - Smallshire & Swash. It's very good.

Good to hear Paul. I'll keenly await my copy!
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I've just received my copy of "Europe's Dragonflies" - Smallshire & Swash. It's very good.
I've just put in a preorder with Hive, who are currently offering it at below cover price.
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Where are you getting Europe’s Dragonflies from? It’s not listed on Bookfinder.
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Where are you getting Europe’s Dragonflies from? It’s not listed on Bookfinder.
I was sent two complimentary copies by Wileys - I provided a few photos for the book.

I can see it at NHBS.COM under the "coming soon" category
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I found PDFs of several pages on books.google. It does look very good!
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