The species featured on the stamps
are as follows:
Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum
a resident species which most of
us in the British Isles have probably seen, had we but known it.
The Emperor Dragonfly, Anax imperator
with its vivid blue body, one of
the largest of British species, and a powerful, vigorous hunter.
The Blue-tailed Damselfly, Ischnura
another colourful character which,
perfectly at home in Alderney, can also be found as far away as the Middle
East, Russia and even China.
The Brown Hawker, Aeschna grandis
not resident but probably a visitor
The Black-tailed Skimmer, Orthetrum
a local, the males of the species
selecting territories up to 50 metres long and patrolling them tirelessly.
The Red Veined Darter, Sympetrum
a rare visitor, spotted in both
2006 and 2007, fuelling speculation that it was breeding at Mannez.
Fact: the largest dragonfly fossil
had a wingspan of nearly three feet, making it the largest flying insect