Dragonflies and Damselflies


In 2003 my wife, Lyn, and I moved from Hanslope, near Milton Keynes, to Lamalou-les-Bains, a small town at the edge of the Haut Languedoc Natural Park in France. We live about 30 miles from the Mediterranean coast in the foothills of the mountains of the Massif Centrale.

Although this is not the best area in France for Damselflies and Dragonflies as there are few natural lakes and the rivers are fast flowing, the coastal plain can be quite productive with its many lagoons. There are also several man-made lakes (reservoirs) within easy reach and the larger rivers (Orb, Hérault and Aude) all have slower flowing reaches near the sea. The Orb flows very near to Lamalou-les-Bains.

Although overall numbers of individuals are generally not that impressive, the range of species is extensive with many more than in the area in which we used to live in the UK.

These pages comprise an illustrated list of the species seen in Languedoc and some from further afield in France. There is also a diary of observations and some links to other relevant web sites.

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