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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 12

Image Taken on 01 Aug 2017 at 12:48    Image of day on 16 Sep 2017

The only Hawker or Darter Dragonflies we are seeing at the moment are a couple of male Migrant Hawker Dragonflies hawking high over the meadow. To get a decent sized view of the insect this half-a-second montage has closed the gaps between the frames which at 7 fps should be spaced at about 3 body lengths.

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Image Taken on 01 Aug 2017 at 16:24    Image of day on 16 Sep 2017

A male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly was making circles over the meadow giving a chance to get this sequence (again at 7 fps) on a pre-focussed camera (auto-focus is too slow).
Read this montage strictly right to left ignoring height. No wonder it is so hard to follow them - this montage is less than 1 second of flight.

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Image Taken on 10 Sep 2015 at 10:27    Image of day on 05 Nov 2015

A Migrant Hawker Dragonfly warming himself in the weak sunshine. We love the light blue colour (Turquoise or Cyan according to taste).

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Image Taken on 14 Sep 2012 at 11:09    Image of day on 28 Oct 2012

Despite air temperatures reaching only about 18C the Hawker dragonflies are still about whenever the sun comes out. This is a male Migrant Hawker hanging from a bramble stem to warm up in the sun.

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Image Taken on 27 Aug 2010 at 12:12    Image of day on 13 Oct 2010

Another individual (different detail in the markings) has chosen the end of a pine cone to bask.

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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2010 at 15:18    Image of day on 13 Oct 2010

A line of Lodgepole pines at the edge of our mini-meadow facing roughly South are not ideal for the trees behind but they make a magnet for dragonflies on cool but sunny days. This is a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly sunning itself before setting off on another patrol.

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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2014 at 10:14    Image of day on 18 Oct 2014

We love the colour of Dock seed heads, and we suspect that Migrant Hawker Dragonflies may be attracted to brown to perch on, being a good camouflage colour for them.

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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 12:33    Image of day on 22 Oct 2015

This male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly is one of the smaller Hawker Dragonflies (though still impressive perching on your hand) and is a delight to watch hunting.

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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 12:37    Image of day on 22 Oct 2015

The Migrant Hawker Dragonfly is only interested in the flower as somewhere to perch while hunting over the pond!

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Image Taken on 26 Jul 2014 at 15:53    Image of day on 02 Oct 2014

A 'lucky' couple of frames (where luck = 100s of frames trying!) of a migrant male Migrant Hawker flying by above us. The spacing is arbitrary.

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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2009 at 15:10    Image of day on 28 Sep 2009

This view solved a riddle hanging over from last year when we caught a 'white faced' dragonfly which escaped from the net before we could identify it. The sex and stage of life vary the body & facial colour.

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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2009 at 15:14    Image of day on 28 Sep 2009

2 Days later a male also obliged with some photos in flight.

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Image Taken on 13 Aug 2014 at 10:48    Image of day on 22 Oct 2014

This stretch of concrete is a frequent haunt of Migrant Hawker Dragonflies, and the just cut back hedge provides some well lit perching places in the morning. This is a male.

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Image Taken on 13 Aug 2014 at 10:49    Image of day on 22 Oct 2014

Another view of the same male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly on the same perch.

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Image Taken on 14 Sep 2012 at 11:10    Image of day on 28 Oct 2012

A side view of the same Migrant Hawker Dragonfly

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Image Taken on 15 Aug 2016 at 10:22    Image of day on 07 Oct 2016

This Migrant Hawker Dragonfly was hanging from a broken grass seed head, and unexpectedly took off as the camera took the first frame. Dragonflies have no known sense of hearing - their world is almost entirely visual. Anyway, one thinks of dragonflies as very light - even the biggest in the UK only just makes it over 1 gram (see Weights of Insects) But even so this grass head swung back to vertical as the Dragonfly let go of it.

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Image Taken on 11 Sep 2015 at 14:56    Image of day on 05 Nov 2015

A Migrant Hawker Dragonfly insect catch in a last moment sweep upwards with legs formed into the 'net' they employ.
We started out assuming that the prey was fairly stationary in the air, and intending to montage as 3 images with separating bars, but it turned out that the wind was blowing them both along, so this is an accurate montage.

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Image Taken on 03 Jun 2010 at 12:45    Image of day on 13 Jul 2010

But mating is a dangerous time where the insects are more intent on what they are doing than looking out for danger. Sad for the insect, but this sort of thing goes unseen all summer long.

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Image Taken on 08 Jun 2008 at 13:58    Image of day on 17 Jun 2008

This is two pairs of Azure damselflies laying eggs in 'Duck' pond among the miniature water lilies and duckweed. The female on the right has her ovipositor under the water.

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Image Taken on 13 Jun 2010 at 09:52    Image of day on 17 Jul 2010

9 days later we spotted this female Red-eyed damselfly this time with - wait for it - Red eyes - in a weedy patch 100m from any pond.

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