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Small Red Damselfly: home comforts

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Small Red Damselfly: home comforts

You will often hear that the heathland of Dorset is a unique habitat and has many special species associated with it. The small red damselfly (Ceriagrion tenellum) is undoubtedly one of those special species being nationally scarce but occurring in various places on our heaths in pools in wet bogs or near small streams.

It is much smaller than the large red damselfly, lacks the dark tail markings of the large red and flies much later in the year. Add in the special habitat requirement and, in theory, you should not mistake them!

They are such delicate insects with a weak flight so they tend to like home comforts and will only be found near suitable habitat. 


 

 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
This nature nore was written ----> 2 years 9 months ago

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