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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 16

Image Taken on 16 May 2009 at 14:16    Image of day on 09 Jun 2009

The Dragonflies and damselflies just starting to be seen. The Large Red Damselfly (size being a relative measure) was found in the long grass and photographic in flight. The underside is NOT red - most dragonflies are different underneath.

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Image Taken on 03 Jun 2013 at 12:38    Image of day on 17 Jul 2013

This first sighting of the year of a female Large Red Damselfly found her in this curved position. It always amazed us now much the joints on the abdomen can bend while the whole body looks so rigid when straight.

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Image Taken on 08 Jun 2008 at 13:57    Image of day on 17 Jun 2008

Damselflies are sort of miniature dragonflies, & just as alien.

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Image Taken on 01 May 2011 at 14:38    Image of day on 01 Jun 2011

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Image Taken on 10 Jul 2010 at 15:19    Image of day on 24 Aug 2010

A Large Red Damselfly but as yet without the typically red eyes. Many odonata vary hugely in colour as they age.

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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2006 at 12:32    Image of day on 30 Jul 2006

Although spending most of their lives as aquatic larva, they spend a lot of the adult phase lurking in vegetation.

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Image Taken on 17 May 2014 at 10:12    Image of day on 17 Jul 2014

This was our first sighting this year of a male Large Red Damselfly. The stick was a horizontal perch for Darter Dragonflies to hunt from

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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2010 at 12:50    Image of day on 26 Jul 2010

Red eyes - but NOT a red eyed damselfly - a Large Red Damselfly.

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Image Taken on 17 Jun 2010 at 12:50    Image of day on 26 Jul 2010

A better look at the intricate head and thorax

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Image Taken on 16 May 2009 at 14:54    Image of day on 09 Jun 2009

Here the same species viewed more conventionally on a leaf.

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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2013 at 12:55    Image of day on 22 Jul 2013

A pair of Large Red Damselflies are laying eggs in the main pond. The female (lower) is ovipositing on the pond lily leaf below the water surface, as you can see from the floating duckweed.

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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2010 at 11:25    Image of day on 09 Aug 2010

The damselflies are busy mating and laying. Mating couples often get harassed by other males wanting (and sometimes managing to get) the female for themselves.

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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2011 at 14:37    Image of day on 10 Oct 2011

Ref: 20111010_df1_20110821_1437_122+123 mating common darter dragonflies harassed by ruddy darter male 7+8 of 8 (montage for focus)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 21 Aug 2011 at 14:36    Image of day on 10 Oct 2011

A male Ruddy Darter kept bothering the pair - he probably thought the female was 'suitable' for his amorous attentions - we all know what lads are like! Each time the pair landed on the stick along he would come and disturb them.

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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2021 at 13:04    Image of day on 31 Oct 2021

There are still a few Hawker Dragonflies out in the middle of the day. This one flew to land on a dead twig, and we got to see how badly his wings are worn and torn from weeks of 'Hawking'.
Insects can fly with quite amazingly damaged wings.

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Image Taken on 05 Sep 2010 at 14:30    Image of day on 31 Oct 2010

This Migrant hawker dragonfly female was hunting over our North boundary on a chilly but sunny day and this was taken as she flew by into the wind slowing her progress enough to follow it with the camera. Note how the legs are neatly folded underneath - something you don't see in our indoor pictures because the insect hasn't had time to pull them up.

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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 18:11    Image of day on 23 Oct 2015

Perseverance sometimes brings its own 'luck' - here we caught this moment of a Migrant Hawker Dragonfly just failing to catch an insect. Read the montage left to right, all of this taking about half a second:-
  1. Dragonfly starts the swerve toward the insect.
  2. Dragonfly starts to lower it's legs to make a catch net.
  3. Insect almost caught in net.
  4. Missed it. Oh well, there are thousands more to try for!

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Image Taken on 23 Jul 2021 at 13:21    Image of day on 31 Aug 2021

This female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly hangs in the shade inside a hedge.

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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2012 at 17:59    Image of day on 14 Sep 2012

A few days later a female migrant Hawker was disguising herself in a similar way.

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Image Taken on 15 Aug 2018 at 12:30    Image of day on 04 Oct 2018

As the sunshine waned this individual landed almost in front of us giving us the chance to capture this portrait.

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