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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 9

Image Taken on 07 Aug 2008 at 15:33    Image of day on 20 Aug 2008

A female Common Darter dragonfly warming herself on the back of a garden seat, positioned herself vertically to catch the sunshine. A newsletter recipient tells us this is called the obelisk position, normally used at midday to keep cool.

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Image Taken on 26 Aug 2007 at 15:14    Image of day on 21 Sep 2007

Darter dragonflies are smaller cousins of hawkers (see 18 Sep 2007) but no less beautiful.

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Image Taken on 12 Sep 2010 at 14:35    Image of day on 08 Nov 2010

As the season advances dragonflies generally get tatty wings from encounters with thorns etc. They continue to fly fine with quite extensive damage - we are glad there are no nerves in dragonfly wings. This Common Darter Dragonfly female is now past breeding and is photographed with the actual teasel plant she was netted on. Her head is turned bit toward the camera with her left eye at the top of the head.

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Image Taken on 11 Sep 2006 at 13:21    Image of day on 21 Sep 2006

Some of the beech tress have lost leaves to caterpillars. This Dragonfly finds this bare treetop a useful perch.

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Image Taken on 29 Oct 2006 at 12:53    Image of day on 02 Nov 2006

This pair of coupled Common Sympetrum Dragonflies spent some time laying eggs in the adjacent pond & warming themselves in the sun on a patch of dry grass where they are surprisingly difficult to spot if you don't see them land.

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Image Taken on 15 Aug 2010 at 14:10    Image of day on 02 Oct 2010

In 26 Sep 2010 we showed you a male Emerald damselfly brought to us for some technical photos (see previous description). To complete the study we photographed some more males and this female.

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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2010 at 14:43    Image of day on 26 Sep 2010

And taking a final fly before going back to the waterside

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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2010 at 14:39    Image of day on 26 Sep 2010

A male Emerald Damselfly brought to us for some technical photos of the blue 'pruinescence' (a powdery substance that rubs off) & went on to provide some delightful images before release. The Hop sedge looks a bit strange but that is how it goes - there were hundreds like this with very similar strips sticking up and down.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2012 at 15:36    Image of day on 31 Aug 2012

Here we accidentally caught a moment of flight between patches of the pond weeds where she was laying.

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Image Taken on 23 Jun 2008 at 19:41    Image of day on 07 Jul 2008

The Emperor Dragonfly is big with 10cm wingspan and absolutely beautiful intricate body and wings.

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Image Taken on 23 Jun 2008 at 19:19    Image of day on 07 Jul 2008

Soak in the detail - on the original you can see the segments of the compound eye.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2012 at 15:35    Image of day on 31 Aug 2012

A female Emperor Dragonfly facing us as she lays eggs on the underwater vegetation. Who is watching who?

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2012 at 15:39    Image of day on 30 Aug 2012

We had about 5 minutes watching this Emperor Dragonfly placing her eggs on to sub-surface vegetation before she unexpectedly flew off. In this image you can see the last few abdominal segments under water along with her Claspers (Anal Appendages).

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Image Taken on 09 Jul 2010 at 17:58    Image of day on 13 Aug 2010

A beautiful Emperor dragonfly female depositing eggs. The only image we got before she flew off for no obvious reason - this was taken from at least 5 meters away - it's possible to get much closer when there isn't water in the way!

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Image Taken on 25 Jun 2010 at 16:37    Image of day on 02 Aug 2010

Our first definite Emperor Dragonfly at our site. This is the glorious male on Hop sedge on the island of Duck Pond.

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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2009 at 13:02    Image of day on 28 Jul 2009

This is a male 'four-spot chaser' (change of common name since the link below). This species has been breeding on our plot for at least a decade. It first came to our attention one day when a number were emerging in May 1999 after a warm night that turned cold in the morning and slowed down the usual overnight emergence. You can see it on the main web site at Dragonfly Emergence Sequence.

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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2009 at 13:13    Image of day on 28 Jul 2009

Their favourite perches seem to be dead twigs by the waterside. If you have a pond put a couple of sticks about half meter long at 30 degrees from horizontal & overhanging the water, and you will likely be graced with some dragonflies using the tip. If they are already about they sometimes land on them within seconds (but usually not).

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Image Taken on 20 Jun 2012 at 15:02    Image of day on 22 Jul 2012

A female Four-Spotted chaser dragonfly was laying eggs in the Duck-shaped pond and then stopped for a rest. We hadn't seen one since the sequence in May 1999 (see Dragonfly Emergence) and a male in 2009.

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Image Taken on 20 Jun 2012 at 15:02    Image of day on 22 Jul 2012

Here the female Four-Spotted chaser is perched on a Dogwood stem.

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Image Taken on 20 Jun 2012 at 15:02    Image of day on 22 Jul 2012

Detail of the head and legs of the female Four-Spotted chaser perched on a Dogwood stem.

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