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Offline Gert Veurink

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Reuzenjuffers/helicopter damselflies/pseudostigmatidae
« on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 04:18:03 PM »
Hi,
I'll be visiting Suriname in february, mainly looking at dragonflies
Does anyone know places to look for pseudostigmatidae like for instance Mecistogaster ornata?
Thanks in advance
Gert

Offline DenisG

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Re: Reuzenjuffers/helicopter damselflies/pseudostigmatidae
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 07:00:47 PM »
Hello,
Pseudostigmatidae can be seen in almost any forest with old trees. The larvae live in phytotelmata : tree holes, bromeliads.
They are forest wanderer, they feed in spider webs. So you can meet one in fact anywhere in the forest where they like sunny places. But don't expect to find many of them in the same place. The dry season is the best time to meet them.
Five species are known from Suriname.


Offline Gert Veurink

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Re: Reuzenjuffers/helicopter damselflies/pseudostigmatidae
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 22 March 2015, 04:00:48 PM »
Thanks Denis, any particular forest with old trees where I have the best chance to see them? Do I understand correctly that they are pretty common but never abundant?

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Re: Reuzenjuffers/helicopter damselflies/pseudostigmatidae
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 25 March 2015, 08:20:02 PM »
That is exactly the point. You can see them almost anywhere in the forest. But on the same day, I have never seen more than about five specimens.
Anyway, for me, it is worth sweating and waiting a few hours for one of those encounters.

Edit: title restored - Auke
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