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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 12

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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Image Taken on 03 Sep 2019 at 12:26    Image of day on 28 Oct 2019

In the fitful midday sun female Common Darter Dragonfly rests on a twig waiting for a meal to fly by.


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Image Taken on 03 Sep 2019 at 12:26    Image of day on 28 Oct 2019

The intricacy of Dragonflies is incredible - this is a zoom on the female Common Darter Dragonfly to relish her complicated form. Note the yellow stripe down each leg that (among other things) differentiates this species from the 'Ruddy'.


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Image Taken on 16 Aug 2008 at 13:06    Image of day on 31 Aug 2008

We brought you another Female Common Darter Dragonfly 11 days ago, but this new set shows the female in a more normal pose.


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Image Taken on 07 Aug 2023 at 11:02    Image of day on 29 Sep 2023

Our first photo of a Darter Dragonfly this year - a female Common Darter.


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Image Taken on 16 Aug 2008 at 13:08    Image of day on 31 Aug 2008

This is a head-on view of the 'face'.


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Image Taken on 20 Aug 2020 at 13:11    Image of day on 27 Sep 2020

One of the fun things about Darter Dragonflies is that they often return to the perch from which they have just flown, given a chance to photograph a landing as here.
NOT an accurate montage but a decent 'impression'.


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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2011 at 12:24    Image of day on 18 Oct 2011

A bit of sunshine brings out a few dragonflies. This one is perched on the pond island on fallen sedge - the colours of the insect match that of the foliage rendering them very hard to see until they move or you see them land.


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Image Taken on 29 Aug 2016 at 12:30    Image of day on 18 Oct 2016

A female Common darter sunning herself on an Iris frond.


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Image Taken on 02 Sep 2010 at 15:10    Image of day on 27 Oct 2010

This is a common Darter dragonfly seen next day perched on a leaf while it warms up.


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Image Taken on 22 Sep 2023 at 13:15    Image of day on 12 Nov 2023

Its not been warm enough in the last few days to tempt out even the Migrant Hawker Dragonflies, who seem to fly at lower temperatures than our other regulars, but there are several Common Darter Dragonflies of both sexes making the most of their final weeks.


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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2018 at 12:22    Image of day on 06 Nov 2018

In the mid-day sunshine a female Common Darter Dragonfly perches on a dead Blackberry stem. This female is probably past breeding, and hopefully enjoying her last few days before the frosts arrive.


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