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Recommended Reading
First port of call for knowledge. The modern way is to search the web, but as yet it cannot compete with a good book. Here are a few of my favourite references.

A Photographic Guide to Insects of the New Forest and Surrounding Area
Social Media
Keep in touch with updates, events and other happenings
Hampshire Dragonflies Facebook Page
Hampshire Dragonflies Twitter Feed
Other Web Links
Forums, Blogs and other dragonfly content
British Dragonfly Society
A first port of call for UK Dragonflies with comprensive species guides, latest news and a lot more
Mark Heath
Fellow enthusiast and top photographer with a fine blog
UK Dragonflies
A new and growing forum based community for dragonfly enthusiasts
New Forest Dragonflies
Doug Overton's excellent site containing photos, photographic techniques, videos, sites and a forum
Dragonflies of North-East Hampshire and Surrey Borders
A site concentrating on species and locations in North Hampshire
Chris Brookes Photography
Comprehensive and informative photography-based site with superb detailed information
John Curd is another passionate odonatist with a flair for blogging

Please be advised these video links may not be veiwed on some mobile devices or in some countries

Damsefly Courtship
Male damselflies compete for females, grabbing them from the water. The males try to keep hold of their female after mating, but when she disappears underwater to lay her eggs, they can be dragged under. Other males flutter around the pair as they submerge.
Dragonflies In-flight
The summer rains have softened the ground and from out of the peat bogs emerge this year's dragonflies. There are more species here at Loch Marie than anywhere else In Scotland, thriving on the abundance of rain and midges, which makes this one of the best places in Britain to see dragonflies.
Life of a Female Damselfly
A damselfly's adult life is so short that a newly hatched female must mate and lay her eggs in the same day that she hatches. Her success will depend on her fragile wings. Few insects can escape from a spider's web, but her wings are more powerful than they look and the female manages to pull free and avoid a sticky end.
Banded Demoiselles In-flight
The slow-moving water of a river is home to these insects, but to breed they move into the fast lane.
Living Fossils
Some fossils are almost identical to animals alive today - these are known as living fossils. David Attenborough compares the fossilized crocodile jaw to that of a living crocodile. A 150 million year old dragonfly fossil has the same body plan as a modern dragonfly. And we know what creature lived in a 50 million year old nautilus shell, because pearly nautiluses still swim in the Pacific today.
Pretty and Deadly
A superb article in the New York Times with some stunning slow-motion video of dragonflies feeding.
Impressive to know that dragonflies are probably the most efficient hunterm with a success rate of 95%
A list of photo hosting websites where I share my other photography
Probably the best known social photograpjy network and source of much inspiration and may contacts
A lttile more discerning tha Flickr. The one the professionals use.
Possibly the webs' best scrapbook.
A treasue- trove of photography and other stuff you wouldn't normally come across.

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