After 110 years a rare species of dragonfly has been rediscovered by the SEED Conservation Programme team!
When the team sent identification photographs of the dragonflies caught on surveys to an Odonata (dragonfly and damselfly) specialist, we were surprised to find out that there was one very special dragonfly on our photo list - the Libellulosoma minuta. The specialist informed us that this species of dragonfly has just one known museum specimen, with simply the location of ‘Eastern Madagascar’ on the label. The species is listed as 'Data Deficient' by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), making it a very exciting find!
Libellulosoma minuta has proven to be very evasive to the team as the photographed specimen was first caught a year ago, however this past December we managed to catch and send two additional male specimens to the UK. While the female of this species has yet to be seen, it is exciting to witness the rediscovery of a species previously thought to be lost!
The SCP team is now on a mission to catch the elusive female of this species! Do you know your way around a bug net? Join the Conservation Programme team in their hunt for all sorts of creatures for 2 to 10 weeks in Madagascar. Your time in the forests of Sainte Luce could even help uncover a lost or unidentified species! Find out more and apply today on our website: http://madagascar.co.uk/conservation