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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2020 at 07:55    Image of day on 31 Jul 2020

At the corner of the farmer's crop this female Black-tailed skimmer Dragonfly teased us by landing briefly at various sites.


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Image Taken on 29 May 2020 at 15:58    Image of day on 01 Jul 2020

This immaculate female Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly spent several minutes fluttering around the 'garden' near the house.


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Image Taken on 29 May 2020 at 16:03    Image of day on 01 Jul 2020

This immaculate female Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly spent several minutes fluttering around the 'garden' near the house.


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Image Taken on 29 May 2020 at 16:00    Image of day on 01 Jul 2020

This immaculate female Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly spent several minutes fluttering around the 'garden' near the house.


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Image Taken on 11 Jul 2015 at 09:22    Image of day on 12 Sep 2015

This Black-tailed skimmer Dragonfly (an immature male judging by details visible in the original images, and our first sighting of this species on our patch) appeared before us, flew around the pond edge and reappeared on this Iris leaf with mandibles full of an unfortunate moth. A few minutes later we spotted the Dragonfly on a spent Buddleia flower head across the pond, and we moved round to the other side for the final image (hence different lighting). Blended into the right of the bottom image is an approximately camera resolution detail from the top right image.
Times are Top left 09:22, Right 09:24, Bottom 09:31


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Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 15:08    Image of day on 17 Jul 2014

Saturday saw the first Damselflies appear. We haven't seen one of these Blue-tail Damselflies for several years, and that time it was a male.


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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2010 at 13:56    Image of day on 10 Sep 2010

A freshly emerged male Blue-tailed Damselfly not yet in adult colour.


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Image Taken on 24 May 2009 at 13:39    Image of day on 14 Jun 2009

This Broad Bodied Chaser Dragonfly obliged with just this one flight across the camera field


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Image Taken on 05 Jul 2010 at 11:19    Image of day on 16 Aug 2010

This Broad bodied Chaser is one of the unmistakable dragonflies. Only the male of this species has the blue pruinescence - a powdery blue coating that gets patchy over the weeks that the insect lives.


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Image Taken on 24 May 2009 at 13:55    Image of day on 14 Jun 2009

We include this static shot taken later to show the wonderful powder blue abdomen (and it really is powdery and gets worn off with 'living'). The blue is a strictly male feature - the female is orange and not a powder.


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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2015 at 12:54    Image of day on 09 Aug 2015

A first for us here is seeing both male and female Broad Bodies Chaser Dragonflies at the same time on one pond. This is the female some 5 metres from the male.


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Image Taken on 10 May 2011 at 15:07    Image of day on 09 Jun 2011

Our first Dragonfly (as opposed to Damselfly) sighting this year is a Broad-Bodied Chaser female (actually seen briefly on 9 May 2011). We think this is the first sighting in Buckinghamshire this year


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Image Taken on 10 Jul 2018 at 12:33    Image of day on 27 Aug 2018

Here we have a female Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly. The male of the same species has the back of the body covered in a powdery blue pruinescence.


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Image Taken on 10 May 2011 at 15:01    Image of day on 09 Jun 2011

A few minutes earlier 'grabbing' an image before going back to the house for the 'macro' kit, we caught this view of the abdomen's translucence.


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Image Taken on 23 Jun 2008 at 15:51    Image of day on 06 Jul 2008




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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2010 at 12:33    Image of day on 12 Jul 2010

This beautiful Broad-Bodied Chaser Dragonfly was using the withering flag iris as a vantage point - it has no interest in pollen or nectar. Shortly afterward an orange female flew by and he flew off after her.
The blue back (on the males only) is powdery and bright in Ultraviolet. If you are interested see Dragonflies in Ultraviolet from part way down & the top item on the page that follows. They are NOT dead - just cold, and like all the others flew off fine after warming in the sunshine.


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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2015 at 13:58    Image of day on 09 Aug 2015

A first for us here is seeing both male and female Broad Bodies Chaser Dragonflies at the same time on one pond. This is the male which you can see he has already damaged a wing. Our experience is that this sort of damage is most usually from being caught by brambles or wild rose thorns. Dragonflies seem to be able to fly fine with half their wing surface missing from encounters with thorns and bird beaks.
He is perched on a Yellow Flag Iris flower but he is not interested in nectar - he is a hunter using the flower only as the highest nearby perch.
The blue back is a powder that gradually gets rubbed off. It is very bright in UV light - see our UV section on the web site if interested.


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Image Taken on 23 Jun 2008 at 13:55    Image of day on 06 Jul 2008

This is the first dragonfly we have seen here, with beautiful powder blue (and powdery texture) abdomen. It has a wingspan of about 7cm.


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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2020 at 10:49    Image of day on 28 Aug 2020

We think we have seen one of these Brown Hawker Dragonflies several times, but not sure enough to report. So here is our first confirmed sighting this year.
The cropped 'Anal Appendage' is also missing on the original grabbed shot.


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Image Taken on 26 Jul 2012 at 12:43    Image of day on 01 Sep 2012

A few days later we caught this female Brown Hawker Dragonfly, but events transpired that prevented us photographing her in flight. She needed a chance to warm herself up for flight, so we hung her in the hedge. The blurred tips of the wings is her vibrating them to raise the temperature of her flight muscles


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