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Dragonfly Larvae ID with Microscopes (SE Region)

  • Location: FSC London: Bushy Park
  • Tutor: Steve Brooks
  • Date: Thursday 12 September 2019
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Course fee: £5
  • Course Fee + Dragonfly Atlas: £30

This course is fully booked on this date but you can join the waiting list (by scrollling to the bottom of the page) in case space becomes available or it is run on another date.

Dragonfly larvae (the aquatic stage in a dragonfly’s life cycle) can be tricky to identify and need to use of microscopes and keys.

This course will start with an introduction to dragonfly larvae and the part they play in the dragonfly lifecycle. Time will be spent out and about at the field centre dipping in ponds for larvae and practicing some hands-on identification. Indoor practical sessions will then focus on microscopic identification.

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. 

Please note this course will involve using dead and preserved specimens. This course is aimed at adults only and is not suitable for children. 

Dragonflies first grabbed Steve Brooks attention at an early age when the larvae he had netted in a local pond ate everything else in the jar. Since then he has been fortunate to study them at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and during a 38-year career at the Natural History Museum (London). He has since retired but continues to take an active interest in dragonflies, sits on the Conservation Committee of the British Dragonfly Society and is a Scientific Associate at the Natural History Museum. Steve has studied the taxonomy and ecology of dragonflies in Europe, Africa and South America and published widely on the group, including A Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland (with Steve Cham and Richard Lewington) and (with Philip Corbet) Dragonflies in the New Naturalist series

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


Booking Options:

  • £5.00 to attend the course.
  • £30.00 if you wish to attend and purchase a copy of the FSC Atlas of Dragonflies in Britain and Ireland

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