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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 13

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 2018 at 15:03    Image of day on 11 Oct 2018

The predominant Dragonfly here is, as usual, the Migrant Hawker. One evening we saw at least 4 at once hawking over the meadow. Here is one of the males flying overhead.

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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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Image Taken on 22 May 2009 at 13:34    Image of day on 16 Jun 2009

A Red-Eyed damselfly with wonderful bronze and bright yellow-green body, and of course red eyes. This is a female not yet ready to breed.

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Image Taken on 22 May 2009 at 13:40    Image of day on 16 Jun 2009

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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2010 at 16:07    Image of day on 17 Jul 2010

A red-eyed damselfly without red eyes!
Many damselflies and dragonflies change colour hugely during their lives and this the form of the immature male - yet to develop red eyes and blue colouration on the last 2 tail segments. Thanks to Alan Nelson of the BDS for the ID.

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Image Taken on 24 Aug 2007 at 15:57    Image of day on 16 Sep 2007

The dragonflies are now zooming around like fighter pilots. When they stop for a moment you can get a pic.

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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2018 at 15:54    Image of day on 13 Oct 2018

This mature male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly's wings are still mostly intact, but the trailing edges are showing signs of wear - mostly likely dragged over the thorns on a few Blackberry stems.

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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2018 at 15:55    Image of day on 13 Oct 2018

This mature male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly's worn wings not as obvious here, and you get a proper view of the body.

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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2018 at 10:19    Image of day on 26 Aug 2018

A male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly perches on the ragged end of a hedge twig. This one gradually changing colour to the mature form.

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