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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 7

Image Taken on 28 Jun 2012 at 17:35    Image of day on 07 Aug 2012

Dragonfly species change dramatically during their lives - you really need a whole book on the subject to work out what is what. Despite the colour this is a young male Common Blue damselfly. You don't need a book to enjoy them though!

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Image Taken on 03 Jun 2018 at 12:52    Image of day on 17 Jul 2018

A male Common Blue Damselfly warming in the sun will soon be off looking for a girl! Unlike the females, the males have just this one form.

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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2017 at 08:33    Image of day on 12 Aug 2017

The Common Blue Damselflies have arrived. This is a male.

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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2011 at 14:34    Image of day on 10 Oct 2011

An angled stick at the main pond attracted this mating pair of Common Darters. The male at the top clasps the female by the 'neck' - only the claspers of the same species will fit! They can fly about in tandem like this, and lay by the pair dipping the females tail into the water. Different dragonfly species lay in range of ways and places.

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Image Taken on 28 Jul 2008 at 12:09    Image of day on 10 Aug 2008

We brought you a Male Common Darter Dragonfly last year on 21 Sep 2007 - here it is:-

To complete the cycle here are a pair coupled together (male above) coordinating their flight to repeatedly dip the females ovipositor (her tail tip) in the water to deposit eggs. In the original you can see that the water surface tension is still connecting her to the surface.

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Image Taken on 31 Jul 2011 at 12:44    Image of day on 16 Sep 2011

A common Darter Dragonfly using an angled perch hanging over the edge of a pond.

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Image Taken on 31 Jul 2011 at 12:45    Image of day on 16 Sep 2011

Such perches often encourage dragonflies to perch, fly off for a few seconds, and then return to exactly the same place. This makes it possible to catch the approach and landing. These images are irregularly timed (frames 1, 2 & 5 from a set of 6) that give the right impression.

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Image Taken on 16 Aug 2008 at 13:06    Image of day on 31 Aug 2008

We brought you another Female Common Darter Dragonfly 11 days ago, but this new set shows the female in a more normal pose.

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Image Taken on 16 Aug 2008 at 13:08    Image of day on 31 Aug 2008

This is a head-on view of the 'face'.

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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2011 at 12:24    Image of day on 18 Oct 2011

A bit of sunshine brings out a few dragonflies. This one is perched on the pond island on fallen sedge - the colours of the insect match that of the foliage rendering them very hard to see until they move or you see them land.

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Image Taken on 29 Aug 2016 at 12:30    Image of day on 18 Oct 2016

A female Common darter sunning herself on an Iris frond.

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Image Taken on 02 Sep 2010 at 15:10    Image of day on 27 Oct 2010

This is a common Darter dragonfly seen next day perched on a leaf while it warms up.

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Image Taken on 26 Jul 2008 at 11:01    Image of day on 10 Aug 2008

This is the female Common Darter Dragonfly perched on a stick at the pond edge - a favourite way of getting to see them close up.

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Image Taken on 29 Sep 2013 at 15:10    Image of day on 02 Dec 2013

An old female Common Darter dragonfly using a teasel as a perch. This image shows the hairy body rather well.

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Image Taken on 20 Aug 2014 at 12:07    Image of day on 30 Oct 2014

A Common Darter (on the menu for the Hobby!) flying close to the water. Horizontally spread for clarity.

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Image Taken on 06 Aug 2016 at 14:35    Image of day on 29 Sep 2016

A Common Darter Dragonfly was repeatedly returning to this bent over Hop Sedge providing the opportunity for an image of the landing.

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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009 at 14:39    Image of day on 03 Sep 2009

We netted a couple of male darter dragonflies. We were surprised to find the second about 50% heavier than the first.

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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009 at 14:56    Image of day on 03 Sep 2009

The apparent expression on the 'face' and the leg waving as it flew by really cracks us up. We know its not real but still love it.

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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2007 at 18:06    Image of day on 24 Aug 2007

The intricacy of the dragonfly head is amazing. Reflections from the multi-segment eye produces the gleaming patch.

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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2010 at 12:34    Image of day on 08 Nov 2010

This image of a male of the same species is taken as a single exposure using a strobe light - a very fast flash with the shutter held open. 80Hz means 80 flashes a second, so the image below last for about 1/10th second. These have to be photographed against an extremely black background (typically 20 flashes hit it) and are not photo montages but made 'in the camera' with the images appearing to be transparent.

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