A comprehensive field guide to the dragonflies and damselflies of Britain and Ireland. Covers in detail the identification of all 46 species that have been recorded in the region. It aims to help the Dragonfly-watcher – beginner or expert – to identify any species they encounter.
• Stunning colour plates of all species – showing males, females, immatures and colour forms.
• Innovative, beautifully detailed and easy-to-use identification charts summarising the key features of both adults and larvae.
• Detailed species profiles covering identification, distribution, flight periods, immature stages
• Sections on biology, habitats, tips on how and where to watch Dragonflies, and other useful information.
• A key to identification
• Display species names in English, Irish, European or Scientific.
• Keep a list of your favourites
Optimisation and bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
Can Southern Migrant Hawker be added to the species list?
Southern Migrant Hawker
This is an app for dragonfly enthusiasts rather than perhaps for complete beginners. A determined beginner however would develop ID skills if willing to spend some time studying this superb app before venturing into the outdoors to see the real things!
Excellent aid to identification with the Guide pages giving good descriptions and other useful information - including behaviour, breeding habitat, status, population and conservation. The distribution maps and flight period calendar bar are clear though the maps may be a bit dated, especially for spreading new colonists. Difficult for the app developer to keep up to date with the latest coloniser sightings but the British Dragonfly Society sightings page covers that along with the excellent migrant dragonflies Facebook page. A great strength of this app are the female and male identification pages with clear annotated colour diagrams showing key ID features for the species under scrutiny AND other species it could be confused with - a very useful feature. Photos generally good to excellent for both males and females. Nice to see photos of all the female colour forms for Blue-tailed Damselfly.
Would be great if the photos had labelled ID features which could be switched on or off as desired.
Finally, one serious omission noted by other reviewers - Southern Migrant Hawker is not included despite increasing sightings. Maybe I'm being a bit mean by dropping a whole rating star for this but I just can't justify 5 stars until this glaring omission is rectified.
Excellent and practical guide
This really is an excellent guide which show cases the advantages of having an ID guide in app form. The information is comprehensive, the photographs beautiful and the identification drawings both clear and usable. The ability to compare similar species is very handy and saves the old fashioned way of having to flick back and forward between pages, remembering the specific details. This would be useful for anyone wanting to get to know dragonflies as well as anyone with a more serious interest in identification. I got this for £4.99 during dragonfly week but I would at it is worth the full price.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.