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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 14

Image Taken on 08 Aug 2019 at 10:54    Image of day on 29 Sep 2019

A male Common Darter Dragonfly quietly glowing in the backlighting sun.

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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2018 at 12:39    Image of day on 04 Oct 2018

A Common Darter Dragonfly perched aligned with a thin frond of Hop Sedge.

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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009 at 14:39    Image of day on 03 Sep 2009

We netted a couple of male darter dragonflies. We were surprised to find the second about 50% heavier than the first.

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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009 at 14:56    Image of day on 03 Sep 2009

The apparent expression on the 'face' and the leg waving as it flew by really cracks us up. We know its not real but still love it.

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Image Taken on 28 Sep 2021 at 11:07    Image of day on 06 Nov 2021

Darter Dragonflies are still about on sunny days. This one found a garden bench a good place to warm in the sunshine.

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Image Taken on 27 Jul 2007 at 18:06    Image of day on 24 Aug 2007

The intricacy of the dragonfly head is amazing. Reflections from the multi-segment eye produces the gleaming patch.

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2019 at 16:07    Image of day on 10 Sep 2019

Our first Darter Dragonfly of the year - an immature male Common Darter.

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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2010 at 12:34    Image of day on 08 Nov 2010

This image of a male of the same species is taken as a single exposure using a strobe light - a very fast flash with the shutter held open. 80Hz means 80 flashes a second, so the image below last for about 1/10th second. These have to be photographed against an extremely black background (typically 20 flashes hit it) and are not photo montages but made 'in the camera' with the images appearing to be transparent.

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Image Taken on 16 Aug 2010 at 13:58    Image of day on 01 Oct 2010

A common darter dragonfly in flight. Darters dragonflies are intermediate in size between Damselflies and Hawker Dragonflies and you may spot them perching on overhanging pond side foliage, taking off and returning to the same spot.

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Image Taken on 09 Sep 2020 at 17:38    Image of day on 20 Oct 2020

A magical moment at the time, and still is in this photo, as this Common Darter Dragonfly gently lands next to his shadow.

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Image Taken on 18 Aug 2014 at 12:45    Image of day on 26 Oct 2014

A Common Darter Dragonfly landing on a pondweed encrusted twig. The right hand image is moved right - it was making a more vertical landing than appears here.

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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2018 at 12:25    Image of day on 06 Nov 2018

A male Common Darter Dragonfly surveying the surroundings from the tip of a cut stinging nettle.

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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2021 at 14:40    Image of day on 31 Oct 2021

Here is an apparently pristine male Common Darter Dragonfly warming himself in the fitful sunshine.

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Image Taken on 29 Jul 2014 at 12:14    Image of day on 04 Oct 2014

Our pond side Dragonfly perch was knocked downward by some visitor - maybe a bird trying to land on it - and we reinstalled it (i.e. pushed in into a fresh bit of pond side mud). Almost immediately this male Common Darter Dragonfly changed his lookout post to make use of the new facility.
If you have a pond, try it yourself - a stick 45cm to 60cm long stuck in the edge sloping up over the water. It will mostly likely be adopted quickly by any Darter Dragonfly that visits your pond. If you don't have a pond - make even a tiny one!

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Image Taken on 12 Aug 2023 at 12:52    Image of day on 09 Oct 2023

A male Common Darter Dragonfly on the cut tip of a Blackberry stem.
Darter Dragonflies are intermediate in size between Damselflies and Hawker Dragonflies and hunt in a different style to both.

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Image Taken on 29 Aug 2018 at 15:40    Image of day on 19 Oct 2018

The corrugated iron sheet put down to attract snakes hasn't shown us one for months, But the warm white(ish) metal attracted this male Common Darter Dragonfly.

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Image Taken on 27 Aug 2013 at 09:50    Image of day on 28 Oct 2013

A male Common Darter dragonfly waits for the sun to warm him up. He is a hunter - not interested in the flowers for nectar.

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Image Taken on 21 Sep 2023 at 12:51    Image of day on 09 Nov 2023

This male Common Darter dragonfly perched on an old wood bench is busy sucking the juices from some unfortunate midge.

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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2009 at 14:52    Image of day on 01 Nov 2009

This a montage of 5 images showing a common darter dragonfly taking off from a branch. The spacing of the first 3 is forced horizontally because they would overlap, but the vertical rise is accurately montaged.
The transition between still and having left the branch takes 66mS (2 frames at 30fps). Hooray for a camera that can store what happened before you press the button even if the quality is not 'premium'.

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Image Taken on 04 Sep 2013 at 12:22    Image of day on 04 Nov 2013

An old female Common darter dragonfly warms herself in the sun. The mouth (left) is slightly open.

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