Dragonflies are fascinating insects. To learn more about them is to open yourself up to a world of awe inspiring behaviour and stunning beauty. There are many ways you can learn more about dragonflies, from getting your head around their ecology and behaviour to learning the difference between the different species. You'll find the more you learn the more you want to learn and you'll soon be spending all your free time around these incredible creatures!
We have a list of frequently asked questions which cover everything from 'What is the difference between a dragonfly and a damselfly?' to 'Do dragonflies sting?' (the answer is no!). We also have information on dragonfly Biology and Ecology and Habitats. If you still have a burning question then you can contact one of our Local Dragonfly Recorders or the BDS Conservation Officer. (photo, dragonfly larva: Neil Phillips)
To find out which dragonfly or damselfly you have seen, head to our identification help page. This will give you a head start with the important steps of separating dragonflies and damselflies, hawker, darter and emerald dragonflies and the different sorts of damselfly before moving down to species level.
iRecord Dragonfly App
The iRecord Dragonfly App, created by a partnership of the British Dragonfly Society, Biological Recording Centre and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, was released in September 2015. The App not only allows you to record dragonflies in the field, but also has plenty of useful identification tips, flight charts and distribution information. Click here to get started now!
There is now a fantastic range of books on dragonflies which can help you with everything from understand their ecology to identifying them in the field. For a list of some of the best dragonfly books click here. Many of the books on dragonflies can be bought from the BDS shop, click here to browse our selection of books and to buy now.
Field Trips and Events
The British Dragonfly Society is commited to introducing as many people as possible to dragonflies. Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, we are able to attend and run a brilliant range of training courses, field trips and events. For a full list of these events, visit our Upcoming Events page. We also run work parties to manage habitat at our Hotspots in Scotland. Details of these work parties can also be found on our Upcoming Events page. You can also check if your county has a Local Group by clicking here. These volunteer run groups have websites with the best sites to visit in the area, sightings lists and much more.