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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 12
Image Taken on 08 Aug 2019
at 10:54 Image of day on 29 Sep 2019
A male Common Darter Dragonfly quietly glowing in the backlighting sun.
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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2018
at 12:39 Image of day on 04 Oct 2018
A Common Darter Dragonfly perched aligned with a thin frond of Hop Sedge.
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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 22 Jul 2019
at 16:07 Image of day on 10 Sep 2019
Our first Darter Dragonfly of the year - an immature male Common Darter.
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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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Image Taken on 16 Aug 2010
at 13:58 Image of day on 01 Oct 2010
A common darter dragonfly in flight.
Darters dragonflies are intermediate in size between Damselflies
and Hawker Dragonflies and you may spot them perching on
overhanging pond side foliage, taking off and returning to the
Ref: 20101001_da1_20100816_1358_053+1544_157_ft1 common darter dragonfly male in flight with flag iris leaf (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 09 Sep 2020
at 17:38 Image of day on 20 Oct 2020
A magical moment at the time, and still is in this photo,
as this Common Darter Dragonfly gently lands next to his shadow.
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Image Taken on 18 Aug 2014
at 12:45 Image of day on 26 Oct 2014
A Common Darter Dragonfly landing on a pondweed encrusted twig.
The right hand image is moved right - it was making a more vertical
landing than appears here.
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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2018
at 12:25 Image of day on 06 Nov 2018
A male Common Darter Dragonfly surveying the surroundings from the tip
of a cut stinging nettle.
Ref: 20181106_df3_20180915_1225_018 common darter dragonfly male mature(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 29 Jul 2014
at 12:14 Image of day on 04 Oct 2014
Our pond side Dragonfly perch was knocked downward by some
visitor - maybe a bird trying to land on it - and we reinstalled
it (i.e. pushed in into a fresh bit of pond side mud). Almost
immediately this male Common Darter Dragonfly changed his lookout
post to make use of the new facility.
If you have a pond, try it yourself - a stick 45cm to 60cm long
stuck in the edge sloping up over the water. It will mostly
likely be adopted quickly by any Darter Dragonfly that visits
your pond. If you don't have a pond - make even a tiny one!
Ref: 20141004_df2_20140729_1214_015 common darter dragonfly male on pond side twig (crop)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 29 Aug 2018
at 15:40 Image of day on 19 Oct 2018
The corrugated iron sheet put down to attract snakes hasn't shown us one for
months, But the warm white(ish) metal attracted this male Common Darter Dragonfly.
Ref: 20181019_df3_20180829_1540_060 common darter dragonfly male perched on corrugated iron sheet(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 27 Aug 2013
at 09:50 Image of day on 28 Oct 2013
A male Common Darter dragonfly waits for the sun to warm him up.
He is a hunter - not interested in the flowers for nectar.
Ref: 20131028_df1_20130827_0950_162 common darter dragonfly male perched on spent purple loosestrife (adjusted crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 18 Sep 2009
at 14:52 Image of day on 01 Nov 2009
This a montage of 5 images showing a common darter dragonfly
taking off from a branch. The spacing of the first 3 is forced
horizontally because they would overlap, but the vertical rise is
The transition between still and having left the branch takes
66mS (2 frames at 30fps). Hooray for a camera that can store what
happened before you press the button even if the quality is not
Ref: 20091101_cf1_20090918_1452_885-889 common darter dragonfly male vertical takeoff @ 30fps (vertically accurate montage of 2-6 of 7)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 04 Sep 2013
at 12:22 Image of day on 04 Nov 2013
An old female Common darter dragonfly warms herself in the sun.
The mouth (left) is slightly open.
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Image Taken on 30 Aug 2009
at 10:09 Image of day on 10 Oct 2009
This quite old female common darter dragonfly is
very faded but in otherwise good condition and a good flyer.
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Image Taken on 06 Sep 2020
at 16:20 Image of day on 20 Oct 2020
Sunning itself on a piece of Corrugated Iron, this Common Darter Dragonfly
shows the wing structure well against the weathered metal.
Ref: 20201020_df3_20200906_1620_023 common darter dragonfly perched in weak sunshine on corrugated iron sheet(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 25 Aug 2017
at 13:36 Image of day on 11 Oct 2017
Out first Darter Dragonfly of 2017 is appropriately a 'Common Darter', here
perched on the leaves of the Dogwood that dominates the island of the duck-shaped pond
looking for something to hunt and something to mate with.
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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2014
at 10:19 Image of day on 19 Oct 2014
This is the Common Darter dragonfly, perched above a Hop sedge
cluster of seed heads. Look at the subtle colouration.
Ref: 20141019_df2_20140808_1019_165 common darter dragonfly perched on hop sedge (crop 2)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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