Male Ruddy Darter
Male Ruddy Darter. Photograph © D. Williams

As well as dragonfly walks and talks there are a number of Shropshire based courses that focus on adults, larvae and exuviae and the fascinating life cycle of these insects. If you know of any planned Shropshire dragonfly events that you would like me to list here or if you would like me to give a talk then please do get in touch.

STOP PRESS: Larvae and exuviae course Nov 4th 2021 and volunteer ID day Nov 25th 2021

Biolinks Larvae and Exuviae Identification Course

10am-4pm Thursday 4th November, 2021

Bishops Wood FSC Centre

Aim: Sue Rees Evans is running a dragonfly larvae and exuviae identification workshop aimed at beginners.

The course commences with an introduction to dragonfly larvae and the part they play in the dragonfly lifecycle. Participants will then be introduced to the features used to identify specimens and an indoor practical workshop then focuses on the identification of exuviae.

After lunch we will focus on larvae, dipping in the field centre pond and (if not too cold!) hopefully finding some specimens enabling us to practice some hands-on identification. The afternoon will be completed by returning to the classroom to discuss the importance of building your own reference collection in enabling you to make and submit accurate biological records.

For full details please follow this link

Larvae and Exuviae ID

Cost: £10

NB. Some dates have already sold out and spaces are limited.

Biolinks Dragonfly Exuviae Volunteer ID Day

10am-4pm Thursday 25th November, 2021

Bishops Wood FSC Centre

Aim: A great chance to get some practice in identifying and recording dragonfly and damselfly exvuiae

Biolinks are looking for volunteers to help  with their dragonfly exuviae collection! Join Sue Rees Evans and take time to look at specimens, access ID resources and gain confidence in your skills.

Together with Rachel Davies (Biolinks) we’ll be working through a collection of odonata exuviae to identify and log specimens collected from the West Midlands and beyond. These exuviae will then form part of a teaching collection used to educate and inspire future dragonfly recorders.

Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own dragonfly and damselfly exuviae specimens to get their identification verified.

Sue and Rachel will be on hand to verify species determinations, answer volunteer questions and provide identification guidance.

For full details please follow this link:

Volunteer ID Day

Cost: Free

NB. Some dates have already sold out and spaces are limited.