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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 Differences Between Dragonflies, Damselflies and Groundlings

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Ian McLaren

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

Zach Hadley

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.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

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

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

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

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

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

Willa Stanger
Senior Digital Ranger

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

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

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!

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

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.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

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!

Andrew Aiken

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 ?

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

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

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

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

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