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Jess Shillaw

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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 Differences Between Dragonflies, Damselflies and Groundlings

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Very interesting, Jess. You have opened my eyes to the difference in these species. Thank you.

I wonder if we have these here in the United States. Kentucky. I know we have an assortment of dragons around the ponds river streams and even large puddles. but I’m not sure if the others are near also. I am sure if I search far and wide. I’ll start seeing more of them. That old phenomenon always astounds me still to this day.

Jess, thank you for continuing my education about the different species of insects at Londolozi.

Superb work Jess! I wish there would be many more essays on this topic. Some people still don’t realise how precious invertebrates and microcosmos are, and how much life depends on them. And as a bonus these apex predators are stunning

Thanks, Jess! I never knew anything about these insects and now have a better appreciation!

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I am thrilled by the continuing broader coverage of critters & such. Also added this to my file in prep for our August return.

Super interesting post Jess! I had no idea about the differences, and makes me want to pay much closer attention to what I’m seeing here in North America!

Jess this is very interesting and rewarding to know the difference the three. Thank you so much for this information and good images to be able to see the difference between them.

Terrific blog explaining the differences amongst these insects. I just saw a Scarlet skimmer on my pool deck and now can confirm it’s a dragonfly. Thanks for the information!

in England , dragonflies rest with their wings at 90 degrees to their body , whereas damselflies rest with their wings parallel to their bodies. not the same over there ?
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Andy

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Jess – as usual a wonderfully educational blog about these beautiful insects, their “fairy” wings and habits. It is so interesting. Thank you.

Thanks, Jess, for this interesting article and the amazing photos

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