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Dragonfly Larvae & Exuviae ID with Microscopes (WM region)

  • Location: Bishops Wood
  • Tutor: Sue Rees Evans
  • Date: Thursday 11 April 2019
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Booking fee: £5

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here

Location - FSC Bishops Wood (see course brochure for details)

Dragonfly exuviae are fascinating – empty exoskeletons often found clinging to vegetation around ponds. Did you know they can often be identified to species?

Dragonfly larvae (the aquatic stage in a dragonfly’s life cycle) are trickier to identify and need to use of microscopes and keys.
This course will start with classroom sessions on dragonfly larvae and exuviae and the part they play in the dragonfly life cycle. We will then head outdoors (weather permitting) to pond dip for larvae, talk about how to find exuviae, and practice some hands-on identification. After lunch, indoor practical sessions will then focus on the identification of exuviae and larvae using microscopes and keys.

This course is most suitable for those people who currently record adult dragonflies in the field and wish to start identifying dragonflies at different stages of their life cycle, or for those people who currently study other groups of freshwater invertebrates and would like to expand their identification skills to include dragonfly larvae and exuviae.

Sue Rees Evans has been the Shropshire County Recorder for Dragonflies and Damselflies for the last 8 years. During this time Sue created the ‘Shropshire Dragonflies’ website (shropshiredragonflies.co.uk) which serves as an online atlas and hosts the Shropshire Dragonfly Watch blog. Already an enthusiastic recorder of adult Dragonflies and Damselflies, an MSc in Biological Recording gave Sue the opportunity to dive into the world of larval and exuvial identification. With a real enthusiasm for hands on teaching, Sue has taught numerous courses on Dragonfly and Damselfly identification both as an Associate Tutor for the FSC and for various Wildlife Trusts, the National Trust and projects further afield such as ‘Cold-blooded and Spineless’ in the North Pennines. Though passing on the County Recorder role in 2018, Sue is looking forward to spending more time teaching and encouraging everyone to enjoy these fabulous insects.

This course is heavily subsidised by the FSC BioLinks Project (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund).

Further Information

Course brochure

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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