The slow moving waters of the canal offer a wonderful refuge for the jewels of the insect world, dragonflies and damselflies. Around three quarters of the life cycle of these spectacular creatures is spent in the immature or nymph stage, and is spent entirely underwater. Adult insects are mainly active during the summer months, when they mate and lay eggs. Then, as autumn arrives and the days get colder, the adults fade and die.
A quiet stretch of the Leeds Liverpool Canal between Ross Mills and Rodley
Common Blue Damselfly taking a rest on a blade of grass near the canal
Arrowhead can be seen in many locations growing in the shallow waters of the canal
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