Identification of Dragonfly Exuviae
About the event
Exuviae are the final larval cast skins left behind after the emergence of the dragonflies and damselflies. On this course you will learn how these can be used for identification purposes.
The course will begin with a short introduction on where to find exuviae. There will be a presentation on the main identification features of exuviae with the use of powerpoint. Instructions will be given on how to use a simple key followed by practical experience of identifying a selection of exuviae using a simple key, hand lens and microscope.
This course is suitable for anyone who wishes to learn how to identify dragonflies from their exuviae to species level.
Led by Gill and John Brook, county recorders of dragonflies for the British Dragonfly Society, who have also written and illustrated the Atlas of the Dragonflies of Kent.
Know before you go
Classroom based. Disabled access to the barn and nature park (with its short nature trail) is very good.
What to bring
Hand lens 8x or 10x (some will be available for loan on the day). Notebook and pen, packed lunch and sufficient drink