'The Identification Guide to the Dragonflies along the Great Málaga Path and in the Province’ forms part of the above actions, and brings us nearer to these metallic coloured beautiful creatures, which make our river and lakes more colourful. This publication follows the one about 'The Birds along the Great Path' and ‘The Identification Guide to the Diurnal Butterflies along the Great Málaga Path’, which has recently been published.
However, their identification was not the only purpose of this edition. We also aim to present this fascinating world and participate in research into them and its protection.
Dragonflies are real survivors as they existed in the same time as dinosaurs, but contrary to them, they survived the massive extinction of the great part of life on Earth from that period. Here they are, hundreds of millions of years later, with slight changes in their basic physical form and biological features. These winged insects achieved to adapt to all kinds of water, even with certain level of salinity and contamination.
Dragonflies are rather necessary in the ecosystems where they live and of great importance for humans. What would happened to us if dragonflies did not exist? Well, no doubt, we would not be fine. While larvae in water and as adult insects, they feed on many insects which, among other negative aspects, can be harmful for humans. For instance, these are mosquitoes. Moreover, they are part of food chains in water ecosystems, together with other animals which live there like fish, amphibians, and birds.
In the province of Málaga, 54 different species of the Odonata have been spotted. This is 69% of all the Odonata in the Iberian Peninsula (79 species) or 7out of 10.
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