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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 20

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 Jul 2021 at 11:04    Image of day on 28 Aug 2021

Our first Darter Dragonfly ID of the year (21 July 2021). This is a female Ruddy Darter managing to partly obscure herself on the other side of a very chewed up Iris frond in the middle of the main pond.


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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2019 at 12:44    Image of day on 23 Oct 2019

A male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly perched on bent over Iris leaf.
This is how they hunt - perch over the water and dash out when they see something to catch.


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Image Taken on 05 Aug 2019 at 13:01    Image of day on 19 Sep 2019

A few days later a male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly again shows his rich red colouration.


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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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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 return.


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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 second image.


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Image Taken on 25 Aug 2019 at 13:23    Image of day on 23 Oct 2019

We caught this male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly while perched on a piece of Iris leaf, which accompanies it in the photo.
This is the BOTTOM view of the insect - the red top and sides of the abdomen is not carried through underneath - something we noted many years ago when photographing dragonflies in UV light on both sides. Details of this project are on the web site.


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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 01 Aug 2019 at 12:50    Image of day on 19 Sep 2019

A male Ruddy Darter Dragonfly perched on Hop Sedge.
The colour really is this red - paintings in ID books just don't do him justice!


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