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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 13

Image Taken on 06 Aug 2016 at 14:36    Image of day on 29 Sep 2016

The Common Darter Dragonfly finally decided to sun itself on this seed head.

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Image Taken on 07 Aug 2008 at 15:32    Image of day on 20 Aug 2008

... and from the same frame extreme detail of the eye.
We have never noticed before that the eyes not only have two separately coloured areas, but these areas have different 'honeycomb' sizes and curvatures, presumably with different optical characteristics. You could spend a lifetime researching these amazing creatures so little changed from fossils millions of years old.

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Image Taken on 07 Aug 2008 at 15:32    Image of day on 20 Aug 2008

A minute or so before the above it was on a stone where we took this close-up of the head and thorax.

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Image Taken on 07 Aug 2008 at 15:33    Image of day on 20 Aug 2008

A female Common Darter dragonfly warming herself on the back of a garden seat, positioned herself vertically to catch the sunshine. A newsletter recipient tells us this is called the obelisk position, normally used at midday to keep cool.

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Image Taken on 20 Sep 2020 at 12:08    Image of day on 06 Nov 2020

A lovely old lady - a Common Darter Dragonfly, seeing out her days.

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Image Taken on 26 Aug 2007 at 15:14    Image of day on 21 Sep 2007

Darter dragonflies are smaller cousins of hawkers (see 18 Sep 2007) but no less beautiful.

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Image Taken on 12 Sep 2010 at 14:35    Image of day on 08 Nov 2010

As the season advances dragonflies generally get tatty wings from encounters with thorns etc. They continue to fly fine with quite extensive damage - we are glad there are no nerves in dragonfly wings. This Common Darter Dragonfly female is now past breeding and is photographed with the actual teasel plant she was netted on. Her head is turned bit toward the camera with her left eye at the top of the head.

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Image Taken on 11 Sep 2006 at 13:21    Image of day on 21 Sep 2006

Some of the beech tress have lost leaves to caterpillars. This Dragonfly finds this bare treetop a useful perch.

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Image Taken on 29 Oct 2006 at 12:53    Image of day on 02 Nov 2006

This pair of coupled Common Sympetrum Dragonflies spent some time laying eggs in the adjacent pond & warming themselves in the sun on a patch of dry grass where they are surprisingly difficult to spot if you don't see them land.

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Image Taken on 20 May 2020 at 12:43    Image of day on 18 Jun 2020

Over the meadow area there are dozens of these Azure Damselflies. This is a male in flight.

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Image Taken on 21 Jul 2021 at 11:09    Image of day on 28 Aug 2021

We last saw an Emerald Damselfly in 2010 - 11 years ago. This female landed a few metres up a tree and this is the best pic we could get. In the 2010 session we took images of both sexes in our 'flight tunnel' - you can see them at 26 Sep 2010 and 2 Oct 2010.

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Image Taken on 15 Aug 2010 at 14:10    Image of day on 02 Oct 2010

In 26 Sep 2010 we showed you a male Emerald damselfly brought to us for some technical photos (see previous description). To complete the study we photographed some more males and this female.

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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2010 at 14:43    Image of day on 26 Sep 2010

And taking a final fly before going back to the waterside

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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2010 at 14:39    Image of day on 26 Sep 2010

A male Emerald Damselfly brought to us for some technical photos of the blue 'pruinescence' (a powdery substance that rubs off) & went on to provide some delightful images before release. The Hop sedge looks a bit strange but that is how it goes - there were hundreds like this with very similar strips sticking up and down.

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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 30 May 2020 at 12:28    Image of day on 04 Jul 2020

From another flight sequence of a female Emperor Hawker Dragonfly that fell off the edge of frame, this image is more diagnostic for an ID.

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Image Taken on 30 May 2020 at 12:24    Image of day on 04 Jul 2020

At the corner of the Wheat crop this immature female Emperor Hawker Dragonfly was hunting over the field margin.

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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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