Keele University Arboretum
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Dragonflies and Damselflies
There is little to compare to the sight of an Emperor Dragonfly patrolling a lake. These archaic insects are masters of the air and a delight to watch.
There has been a dramatic surge in interest in these insects with a wealth of literature and videos available to help with identification.
With a series of eight lakes on the main campus and four more on Phase 3, Keele is well placed for those interested in studying them.
Photo : Broad-bodied Chaser on Phase 3.
Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea Müller : common; often seen late into the autumn.
Common Hawker Aeshna juncea Linnaeus : Common.
Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis Linnaeus : The commonest of the large dragonflies at Keele.
Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta Latrielle : one record 20/10/97.
Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator Leach : first noted on Lake 1 on 30/7/2000. It is not uncommon at Keele, the pools on Phase 3 are a good spot for them and they have been seen egg-laying there.
Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa Linnaeus : Records come from Lake 1 and Phase 3 .
Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum Charpentier: frequently see at Lake 1 and also on Phase 3
Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens Harris: common; even seen over the centre of campus.
Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella Linnaeus : very common.
Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum Charpentier : common.
Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans van der Linden : common.
Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula Sulzer: common, particularly on Lake 3.