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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 14
Image Taken on 03 Jul 2018
at 14:44 Image of day on 26 Aug 2018
A brightly coloured mature male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly on the desiccated leaves of a
bramble stem cut because it was growing over a path.
Keeping the paths navigable is an endless task at this time of year.
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Image Taken on 04 Oct 2016
at 15:09 Image of day on 19 Nov 2016
After a week or two of absence this Ruddy Darter Dragonfly was out warming
itself in the sunshine despite a cold wind. As the summer fades dragonflies
make use of any sunshine in their search for a final mating.
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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2016
at 13:27 Image of day on 12 Oct 2016
If you have a pond and push an angled stick onto the top that overhangs the
water, Darter Dragonflies will often choose it for a look-out post. We used this
Willow stick and despite already spouting (as willows do) this male Ruddy Darter
likes the perch.
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Image Taken on 07 Aug 2013
at 12:36 Image of day on 26 Sep 2013
The first of the year's Ruddy Darter Dragonfly glowing in the fickle sunlight.
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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2008
at 16:31 Image of day on 04 Aug 2008
Darter dragonflies are smaller than Hawker Dragonflies.
They tend to perch on twig, dash out for a fly round, and then
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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2008
at 16:36 Image of day on 04 Aug 2008
In this detailed shot you can see it is 'dusty' even over the eyes.
When he has warmed up he will probably 'preen' himself clean.
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Image Taken on 21 Sep 2008
at 12:50 Image of day on 11 Oct 2008
This is the only 'Ruddy Darter' dragonfly we have seen on our patch and was a rather
old and darkened individual on possibly his last day with the weather cooling down.
He sat quietly in the sunshine on a leaf as we took his portrait and later flew off
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Image Taken on 18 Aug 2012
at 13:58 Image of day on 29 Sep 2012
This Ruddy Darter is an intermediate sized dragonfly
that will perch on a stick hanging out over the water as seen in the
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Image Taken on 29 Aug 2016
at 12:33 Image of day on 18 Oct 2016
A male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly perched on a desiccated blackberry stem.
We seem to have an unusually high number of this species this year.
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Image Taken on 16 Aug 2016
at 14:12 Image of day on 01 Oct 2016
A Ruddy Darter Dragonfly glowing gorgeously in the sunshine as
he guards his territory
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Image Taken on 20 Aug 2012
at 15:28 Image of day on 29 Sep 2012
Ruddy Darter dragonflies tend to perch on the tips of sticks and vegetation
overhanging the water's edge, flying away and returning repeatedly.
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Image Taken on 13 Jul 2018
at 13:58 Image of day on 04 Sep 2018
Darter Dragonflies do like to perch on items low over the water. Here a Ruddy
Darter Dragonfly hunts and patrols from a turned-over Iris leaf.
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Image Taken on 26 Aug 2013
at 10:27 Image of day on 28 Oct 2013
The seed heads mean no more to this male Ruddy Darter dragonfly
than a convenient place to perch to warm in the sunshine.
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Image Taken on 10 Jul 2010
at 15:59 Image of day on 21 Aug 2010
A 'Ruddy Darter' dragonfly caught over the sedge at Duck pond who we
'invited' in for a few minutes for some photos in flight.
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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2018
at 12:46 Image of day on 12 Nov 2018
This male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly was flying from stick tip to stick tip
as he keeps a look-out for rivals and mates.
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Image of day on 04 Sep 2005
This Darter Dragonfly (Ruddy Sympetrum) perched on a warm rock at
one of the night photo stations and show an almost perfect shadow of
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Image Taken on 10 Oct 2012
at 13:18 Image of day on 13 Nov 2012
This female Southern Hawker Dragonfly individual has frequented a
sunny and sheltered section of the meadow for several October days.
We know her from her torn wing and tatty wing tips, but she can fly well.
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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2010
at 12:28 Image of day on 03 Aug 2010
Dragonflies end their 2 or 3 year life as predatory aquatic
larvae by crawling up a plant stem and emerging from a pupal case
(Exuvia) to expand into the flying insect. This image
shows the intricacy of the case including transparent eyes and
the strands which are insides of the breathing spiracles. The
insect exited out of the upper back. Thanks for Rory for the gift
of the Exuvia from his garden pond.
If you are interested in more detail we photographed an exit
sequence of a different dragonfly species in 1999 (with far
inferior equipment) which you can see at
Dragonfly Emergence sequence
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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2008
at 13:53 Image of day on 12 Aug 2008
Dragonflies really are incredible creatures. Unlike the one shown
a few days ago this is definitely a female. Sexing can be
difficult - the colours change with maturity and even with
temperature and other characteristics don't appear in photos
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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2008
at 13:59 Image of day on 12 Aug 2008
Here is a head shot with an inset showing the compound eye.
Compound eyes are an array of uni-directional cells rather
than lens and retina. Resolution is poor but they have huge angle
of view, are lightweight, detect movement quickly, and some
detect polarisation (used to navigate by skylight).
More info at
Wiki Compound Eye.
The streaks on the eye in the main image are Moire (artificial
digital patterning) effects at the reduced resolution used in
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