Living With Rare Insects

The Northern Damselfly aka the Spearhead Bluet, Coenagrion hastulatum is found throughout Northern EurAsia where it is not uncommon. Its western range extends into Scotland where it is rare and confined to a few small lochans. Development can cause local extinction of the damselfly populations.

Aviemore, Scotland has approved a new Tesco Supermarket that will bring jobs to the location. However, building the store will destroy the habitat for the damselflies. The project is on hold until the company finds a way to “move” the damselfly. They will be working with a the British Dragonfly Society on a solution. This likely means trying to recreate a suitable habitat for the damselflies at another site. This is an interesting project that will require a lot of knowledge of the biology of the damselfly to be successful.

The photo shows a true beauty of a damselfly. It is clear why they want to preserve it locally.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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