Dragonflies and damselflies

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  • The Green Snaketail (Ophiogomphus cecilia) can be distinguished from other dragonfly species because of its pastel green colouring of the breast and yellow-black tail. It reaches a length of about 5 cm and a wingspan of 6.5 to 7.5 cm. The green snaketail occurs along rivers and streams with sandy, gravelly or stony sections where their naiads burrow into the ground and live there for two of three years. Naiads of the green snaketail have been found in the Altrhein northwest of Au am Rhein and in the river Murg. The dragonflies themselves can be observed in summer in the entire area. Read more
  • " typeof= The Southern Damselfly (Coenagrion mercuriale) is clearly smaller than the green snaketail. Like nearly all other damselflies it holds its wings parallel to its body when at rest. It can only be found in streams and ditches with rather clean and clear water. The female lays its eggs into water plants. The damselfly always stays near its breeding habitat. In the area the southern damselfly was so far only found at a ditch in the Rheinfeld south of Rastatt. Read more