Damselflies and DragonfliesThere are some 5,500 known species of dragonfly and damselfly, but only 40-45 are known to breed in the UK, and another 20 or so are seen from time to time. Most damselflies and dragonflies lay eggs under water which hatch after a couple fo weeks. They then spend two years (Occasionally 1-3 years and a few just a few months or as many as 5 years) living as nymphs under water before emerging as adult specimens. Most adults live for just 2-3 weeks, though some survive for 6-8 weeks.
British Dragonfly Society
Founded in 1983 (celebrating 25 years this year), the British Dragonfly Society (BDS) is a Registered Charity, number 800196. Its aim is to encourage and support the study and conservation of dragonflies in the UK and further afield. Read more about the work of the British Dragonfly Society