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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 9

Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 12:39    Image of day on 13 Aug 2011

This detail from another image seemed to us to show how the pattern of veins in the wings forms sheets of corrugations when the wing is under stress as here when the insect turned back in flight.

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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009 at 11:28    Image of day on 30 Aug 2009

A male Brown Hawker Dragonfly male in Flight shown over a twig of hawthorn from the hedge it frequently flies over. This wonderful beast weighed in at only 0.9 g (about 1/30th Ounce).

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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2018 at 16:24    Image of day on 22 Aug 2018

A male Brown Hawker Dragonfly, stopped for once. We have male and female of this species occupying different areas that overlap near the house - get it together folks!

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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 12:47    Image of day on 13 Aug 2011

The first couple of warm days at last brought out the Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselfies) and this male Brown Hawker Dragonfly obliged with some in-flight images.
Just taking off from the twig (not a montage).

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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2015 at 15:38    Image of day on 19 Sep 2015

We think this Brown Hawker must have been hunting something we can't see - they use their legs as a sort of 'net' to snare insects in flight. Read the sequence from left to right - this stuff is all too quick for our eyes to catch the detail.

Ref: 20150919_df3_20150719_1538_210-212 brown hawker dragonfly maneuvering in flight 1-3 of 3 (accurate montage @ 7fps left to right)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 27 Jul 2021 at 14:28    Image of day on 07 Sep 2021

A Brown Hawker Dragonfly perches on a piece of dead wood high above a hedge.

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Image Taken on 26 May 2012 at 17:58    Image of day on 29 Jun 2012

A patch of warm weather at the end of May brought out the first dragonflies of the year.
First a Common Blue Damselfly - actually not very common here

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Image Taken on 23 Jul 2019 at 16:24    Image of day on 11 Sep 2019

This mature female Common Blue Damselfly has chosen to perch on the shaded side of a plant stem. A heat-wave has produced an air temperature of about 36c and the insect does not need to warm itself in the blazing sun.

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Image Taken on 08 Jul 2016 at 15:13    Image of day on 30 Aug 2016

A female Common Blue damselfly aligned along a grass blade. Female common Blue Damselflies come in several forms, this one nearest approximates what is called the 'Drab' form. This hunting insect has no interest in Flowers as a food source.

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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2012 at 18:03    Image of day on 24 Sep 2012

Last year the dominant damselfly was the 'Azure' - this year hardly seen. Instead we have the 'Common Blue' which comes in a variety of colours! This female blends beautifully with the ripe grass stems.

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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2020 at 10:22    Image of day on 30 Jul 2020

A female Common Blue Damselfly in the variant that actually IS blue. We see that this blue becomes richer as the insect ages.

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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2017 at 10:12    Image of day on 12 Aug 2017

The female Common Blue Damselfly comes in both 'Blue' and two 'Drab' forms. This is the female 'Blue' form.

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Image Taken on 31 Jul 2021 at 12:52    Image of day on 15 Sep 2021

At the edge of the farmer's undoubtedly insecticide drenched bean crop, we find just this one female Common Blue Damselfly. This insect is a hunter of midges and the like, and lays eggs in the ponds, so is probably less effected by the chemicals than Bees, Butterflies and moths.

Ref: 20210915_d73_20210731_1252_177 common blue damselfly female blue form on dead weed in crop margin(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 13 Aug 2018 at 15:00    Image of day on 04 Oct 2018

The female of the Common Blue Damselfly comes in three colour variants, given various names in various ID books, but they all agree that this one is called the 'Blue' variant'

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Image Taken on 13 Jun 2020 at 15:46    Image of day on 22 Jul 2020

When in flight these 'Drab' Common Blue Damselflies look almost like flying ghosts.

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Image Taken on 24 May 2007 at 16:36    Image of day on 10 Jun 2007

There are a number of damselfly species (smallest members of the Dragonfly family) around. Expert opinion suggests this is an Azure Damselfly Female of the green persuasion, rather than our identification in the filename with (Q) to indicate '?' - unsure.

Ref: 20070610_d10_20070524_1636_019 common blue damselfly female brown form (q) (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 23 Jun 2017 at 08:50    Image of day on 12 Aug 2017

The female Common Blue damselfly comes in both a single 'Blue' form and in two 'Drab' forms that gradually change with maturity. This is the drab form of the immature female Common Blue damselfly.
It's unusual to spot damselflies unless they move, but this one was on a sprout from a bit low boundary hedge but the light was too poor for a decent photo. It was quite cold and the insect looked somnolent. On a whim next morning a check showed that she was still there, and here she is decently lit.

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Image Taken on 06 Jun 2018 at 15:03    Image of day on 17 Jul 2018

The Common Blue Damselflies continue to decorate the weeds. This is one of the 3 forms that the female can take - called either 'Typical' or 'Drab' according to which reference book.

Ref: 20180717_df3_20180606_1503_093 common blue damselfly female drab form perched on stinging nettle(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 27 Jun 2011 at 10:40    Image of day on 08 Aug 2011

In the corner of our plot often plagued by midges we saw this immature Common Blue damselfly (not a regular species here) which has caught a midge and is chewing it.

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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2011 at 10:40    Image of day on 08 Aug 2011

Another frame provides more detail at the 'business end'

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