Do we get many dragonflies in Britain? I ask because I only recall seeing one or two. Here on holiday we get lots of them, and I find that exciting not just because they are beautiful, but because of their role in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.

Though I wonder if Philip’s dragonflies are bigger than the ones here. I can’t imagine any of these capable of carrying a rider as large as the Gallivespians, even though they are really small.

Some years ago “our” dragonflies had an unfortunate tendency to fly straight into the livingroom and get themselves entangled in the venetian blinds. In the end I got quite skilled at untangling them again.


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