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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 9

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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Image Taken on 28 May 2012 at 12:53    Image of day on 27 Jun 2012

A Hairy Dragonfly (species name) having a very successful hunt over a sun warmed hedge line This was our first ever identification of this species here.

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Image Taken on 16 May 2015 at 09:01    Image of day on 12 Jul 2015

The Hairy Dragonfly moved around in the hedge, and provide this more conventional view of the top of the insect. The body length is about 7cm. Dragonflies are big impressive insects but completely harmless to humans.

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Image Taken on 18 May 2009 at 14:07    Image of day on 07 Jun 2009

This is a Hairy Dragonfly' - one of the earliest dragonflies of the season. This was brought to us for some technical photographs, after which we took this portrait. You can see the hairiness along the top and bottom of the body in the first image

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Image Taken on 18 May 2009 at 15:06    Image of day on 07 Jun 2009

It was reluctant to fly indoors but we did manage this single image of it in flight.

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Image Taken on 16 May 2015 at 09:00    Image of day on 12 Jul 2015

Our first Odanata of the season was this Hairy Dragonfly (the proper common name) distinguishable by the 'fur' on the body clearly visible on this detail crop.

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Image Taken on 23 May 2009 at 16:38    Image of day on 07 Jun 2009

About a week later we had the opportunity to photograph a male and can't resist this close-up of the thorax where you can see the hairs in detail

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Image of day on 18 Sep 2007

The flying jewellery are delighting us with acrobat displays of glorious colour. Here one hovered for a second or two providing a chance for a set of images in flight. The wingbeats are far faster than the camera can manage, so don't try to interpret the wing positions.

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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2014 at 12:45    Image of day on 27 Nov 2014

We photographed this Hobby flying by, but it was only later when the images were on our PC that we saw to our astonishment that this hunting bird caught an insect in front of us.
Read the montage left to right in 3 descending rows:-
    Image 1: The insect is about 3 bird lengths to the right of the bird.
    Image 2: The gap is down to 1 body length and the talons are swinging forward.
    Image 3: The catch!
    Image 7: Transfer to the beak.
    Image 12: All done and the talons start their way back to 'retracted'.
The whole sequence lasts just over 2 seconds.

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