Mick and Sue Parfitt from the British Dragonfly Society spoke at the Bourne U3a monthly meeting, the life of Dragonflies and Damselflies of Great Britain, a group of one of the most ancient insects that we have.
Mick and Sue have more than 25 years experience conserving these fascinating creatures, finally ending up at the Dragonfly Project at Wicken Fen nature reserve. They described the two to three year underwater life of the larvae prior to their emergence as the beautiful aerobatic flying creatures that we see a few brief weeks of their flight. They are fierce predators eating all sorts of insects and not even being averse to sometimes eating each other, having remarkable eyesight to pursue prey and the ability to hover, move forwards and backwards with equal dexterity.
We were treated to some lovely images showing their beautiful colours. A most fascinating afternoon enjoyed by all present.
Bourne U3A (www.u3abourne.org.uk) monthly meetings are normally held on the third Monday in each month at the Bourne Corn Exchange at 2.15pm with a guest speaker. For details phone 01778 422518.
Publicity officer of Bourne U3a