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Jess Shillaw


Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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on The Life Of A Dragonfly

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Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

This is a fantastic follow-up Jess to your previous article, and now I’m even more invested into learning more about these amazing and beautiful insects. Thank you for including the images as well. As summer moves ahead, I’m sure your research will provide us with additional insight and information about these beautiful flying creatures.

Gawie Jordaan
Master Tracker

Fascinating! Any idea as to how many possible dragonflies (species) have been identified as yet? I seemed to have missed to previous article about the project.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Fascinating information, Jess!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Look forward to additional insights on this amazing creature. Great photo by Chris!

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

How very informative- I learned so much from that post thanks Jess! Do you have any pictures of the Nymphs for the next post ?

Camille Koertner
Senior Digital Ranger

Dragonflies are unique and intriguing! I did not know much about them so thank you Jess for sharing the interesting life facts. Always a pleasure to see them or to have the thrill of one landing on my wrist and looking at each other with their big bug eyes!

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Hi Jess, do you know how long do dragonflies live? Nymphs have a much longer life of course but I am not sure about adults. And more or less how many species of dragonflies and damselflies are over there? I love them all though damselflies have a unique grace and when they mate they form the shape of a heart! Once I saw them right in front of me. Dragonflies are bigger and stronger. All species have incredibile colour, I once photographed a pink one, so delicate i thought it was female while it was a male instead. Dragonflies and damselflies pictures very sought after. Great blog!

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Such an insight in the dragonfly and their life cycle. Foto’s are stunning and I am sure

Thanks Jess for your story and follow up on your previous story on the dragonfly. They are interesting insects and know you have explained their life cycle and also the mating process. They are beautiful insects and fly quiet fast as well.

Jeff Rodgers
Digital Tracker

Who doesn’t love Dragonflies; and this is fascinating insight into their lives. Great job!!!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Thanks, Jess, for this great blog on dragonflies. I often watch them here at home in my garden and now I can understand what exactly is happening much better. It is so interesting to watch them shed their last nymph exoskeleton and become a beautiful dragonfly.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Jess, thank you for this wonderful followup on dragonfly’s. Question, isn’t the female sexual organ located toward the end of her tail rather than her neck?

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Thanks for such a great eduction Jess! It’s very interesting and you shared details that we had never heard! Do Dragonflies have any enemies?

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Wow Jess, this is crazy cool! Keep sharing your learnings, and looking forward to the results of your dragonfly count!

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