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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 10

Image Taken on 17 Jun 2017 at 08:35    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 mature female Common Blue damselfly.


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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2019 at 10:55    Image of day on 29 Sep 2019

This Common Blue Damselfly is sucking the juices from some sort of Midge that she has just caught. In the insert you can see the legs of the prey below the damselfly's eyes.


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Image Taken on 31 Jul 2017 at 10:58    Image of day on 15 Sep 2017

On warm parts of days we get to see several Common Blue Damselflies in among the taller plants in the meadow. This is a mature male.


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Image Taken on 24 May 2020 at 10:03    Image of day on 23 Jun 2020

A male common blue Damselfly warming himself in the sunshine.


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Image Taken on 05 Jul 2019 at 14:11    Image of day on 25 Aug 2019

A male Common Blue Damselfly sunning himself on a grass stem. The 'Blue' is that of a mature male. Really almost Cyan.


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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2013 at 15:05    Image of day on 23 Aug 2013

This 3 cm long male Common Blue Damselfly is photographed soon after emergence from a nearby pond. It will change colour as it matures.


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Image Taken on 23 Jul 2019 at 16:08    Image of day on 11 Sep 2019

This immature male Common Blue Damselfly has chosen to perch on the shaded side of a blackberry cluster. 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 23 Jul 2019 at 16:09    Image of day on 11 Sep 2019

This immature male Common Blue Damselfly has chosen to perch on the shaded side of a blackberry 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 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 28 Jun 2020 at 16:27    Image of day on 03 Aug 2020

A male Common Blue Damselfly starting to change from a drab slightly blue colour of the juvenile into the vivid blue of the mature adult.


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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 04 Aug 2020 at 09:50    Image of day on 10 Sep 2020

A middle sized Dragonfly, the Common Darter


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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 03 Oct 2021 at 13:27    Image of day on 17 Nov 2021

This Common Darter Dragonfly was warming on the ground in the sunshine on an otherwise cold day, remarkably well camouflaged . Here are two views blended into one picture. The colouration is typical of this species when well past the prime of life.
Dragonflies and Damselflies die in the Autumn, but their eggs will have hatched in the depth of ponds to make nymphs that feed and grow for between 1 and 3 years. They emerge in the Spring or Summer as flying adults.


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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 15 Sep 2019 at 12:32    Image of day on 08 Nov 2019

In the mid-day sunshine a female Common Darter Dragonfly waits for lunch to fly by.


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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2019 at 12:32    Image of day on 08 Nov 2019

Detail of a head and legs of this female Common Darter Dragonfly.
Note the yellow stripe down the leg - a characteristic of this species.


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