Dragonflies are fascinating and fearsome insects, specially if you are part of their food! They are gracefully flyers with many different forms and colorations. We offer wildlife and dragonflies tours in East Spain which are focus on a wide number of species. Besides, we will keep an eye on birds and any kind of wildlife, (please see local tours). Valencia region is extremely rich in dragonflies due to the variety of habitats and the warm weather. As a result, we can find some of the most “wanted”, usually new African colonisers such as Orange-winged dropwing, Banded grounding, Violet dropwing or Desert darter. In adittion, there are other beauties such as White and Orange featherleg, Mediterranean bluet, Mercury bluet or Iberian bluetail to name few. In total, there has been recorded 60 species of odonata and it continues increasing. More photos in the Google+ gallery
Banded Grounding (Brachythemis leucosticta). It is one of the dragonflies species which has become relatively common in the wetlands of East Spain.
Southern Skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum), locally abundant.
Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea), very abundant.
Violet dropwing (Trithemis annulata), locally abundant.
Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depresa), locally common in land.
Cooper damoiselle (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis), common.
White featherleg (Platycnemis latipes), locally common.
Orange-winged dropwing (Trithemis kirby), very local but with very good chances of seeing it.
Long skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria), abundant locally.
Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma), common.
Desert Darter (Sympetrum sinaiticum), local.
Lesser emperor (Anax parthenope), very common in late summer.
Blue Hawker (Aeshna cyanea). Local.
Pronged Clubtail (Gomphus graslinii)
Yellow Clubtail (Gomphus simillimus)
Small pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus)
Western Willow spreadwings (Lestes viridis), relatively common.
Robust spreadwings (Lestes dryas), very local.
Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum), common..
Other species that can be found during the dragonfly tour:
Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii). Very common in paddy fields around VR.
Small spreadwings (Lestes virens), very local.
Small Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula), locally common.
Southern damselfly (Coenagrion mercuriale), local.
Dainty damselfly (Coenagrion scitulum), local.
Blue eye (Cercion lindeni), common.
Small Red Eye Damselfly (Erythromma viridulum), local.
Common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum), common.
Blue-tailed damselfly (Ischnura elegans), very common.
Iberian blue tailed (Ischnura graellsii), very local.
Long Red damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula), very local.
Large red damselfly (Ceriagrion tenellum) local.
Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta), common.
Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea ), very local.
Green-eye/Norfork Hawker (Aeshna isosceles) abundant locally.
Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) abundant.
Lesser emperor (Anax parthenope), common.
Western Clubtail (Gomphus pulchellus), local but abundant.
Small pincertail (Onychogomphus forcipatus), local.
Large pincertail (Onychogomphus uncatus), local.
Southern skimmer (Orthetrum brunneum), local.
Keeled skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens), common.
Common darter (Sympetrum striolatum), common.
Please for more information about dragonfly tours contact us.