Dragonfly named after David Attenborough


This video from Britain says about itself:

Dragonfly Named After Attenborough! – #Attenborough90 – BBC

6 May 2016

To celebrate Sir David Attenborough‘s birthday one of the world’s most foremost dragonfly experts wanted to give him a special gift.

Watch the full program on BBC One 7pm Sunday 08/05/2016 UK.

Museum biologists at work, video


This 7 April 2016 video from Leiden in the Netherlands is called At the laboratories of Naturalis Biodiversity Center.

Dragonflies in Bosnia & Herzegovina


This video from the Czech republic is about the damselfly species Coenagrion ornatum.

From BirdLife:

By Shaun Hurrell, Mon, 15/02/2016 – 12:24

In Bosnia & Herzegovina, the Society for Biological Research and Protection of Nature are living up to their organisation’s name. In a project funded by the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund (CEPF), the Society have first conducted a lot of biological research on freshwater biodiversity, and then are using that data to propose protected sites that are very important for nature in the country. …

“This project aimed to identify the most important freshwater habitats for the conservation of threatened dragonfly, mollusk and fish species in the Neretva catchment, and to ensure sufficient scientific data for their efficient protection and long-term survival,” said Dejan Kulijer from BIO.LOG (the short name for the Society for Biological Research and Protection of Nature).

The team have proposed four new Natura 2000 sites, and three of the sites would represent the first designated for threatened dragonfly species Coenagrion ornatum and Cordulegaster heros in Mediterranean Europe. …

For such a small country, Bosnia & Herzegovina supports a large number of dragonflies – over 50 species in all. These flying predators are fantastic ambassadors for freshwater habitat conservation: beautiful animals that rely on clean water in all stages of their life cycles. …

Having reliable data on threatened species is also a valuable contribution against impending dam threats too. The project also discovered that Neretva Softmouth Trout – an endemic fish species – has a significantly reduced distribution in the Neretva basin due to dam and reservoir construction. …

Top threats for dragonflies in Europe:

1. Dams and water management

2. Domestic and urban pollution

3. Droughts

4. Agricultural pollution

5. Tourism and recreational development

This video is about the emergence of a young female Cordulegaster heros dragonfly.

Insects in warm Dutch December


Male common darter dragonfly, photo by L. Tettenborn

Waarneming.nl in the Netherlands reports that in unusually warm December 2015, unusually many crickets and grasshoppers were seen: seven species.

Not only two damselfly species were seen, as usually: common winter damselfly and Siberian winter damselfly; but also (unusually late) adult common darter dragonflies.

Dragonflies quarrel, video


This video, by Everdien, was recorded near a pond in Wekeromse Zand nature reserve in the Veluwe region in the Netherlands.

A vagrant darter dragonfly sat quietly on a tree trunk. Until another dragonfly arrived, and they started quarreling.

Good rare dragonfly news


This is a southern darter video from the Czech republic.

Translated from the Dutch Vlinderstichting entomologists:

November 5, 2015

In the past three years, a very rare dragonfly has settled in the Netherlands: southern darter. After an invasion in 2013, it has by now been seen regularly for two years and there is even breeding.

New nature reserve attracts rare birds, dragonflies


This 2012 Dutch video is about nature reserve Beuningse Uiterwaarden, in Gelderland province, not far from Nijmegen city. It shows birds, konik horses and other animals there. Eg, great crested newts live there as well.

There has been reconstruction early this year. That attracted nesting little ringed plovers.

And rare damselfly and dragonfly species: goblet-marked damselfly; lesser emperor dragonfly; red-veined darter; and scarlet dragonfly.