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Dragonflies & Damselflies Page 27

Image Taken on 31 Aug 2009 at 18:05    Image of day on 07 Oct 2009

A warm wind with intermittent sun brought out a wonderful show of dragonflies including at least a dozen of these beauties over the hedges, ponds and along the paths. Near the end of the day this one perched on a sequence of dead weed stems and finally stayed on this one. It was still there 10 minutes later when we left it in peace.


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Image Taken on 28 Sep 2008 at 14:54    Image of day on 17 Oct 2008

On the last of the recent warm days this beauty was still on the wing. We last showed you some indoor shots on 5 September - these are a more natural (if technically more limited) views,


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Image Taken on 28 Sep 2008 at 14:56    Image of day on 17 Oct 2008




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Image Taken on 06 Sep 2015 at 12:36    Image of day on 04 Nov 2015

A bit of sunshine and air temperature of about 19C or more bring out the Dragonflies. This male Southern Hawker was warming itself on a hedge.


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Image Taken on 05 Oct 2016 at 16:06    Image of day on 19 Nov 2016

A southern Hawker Dragonfly landed in a woodpile and was quite hard to locate. Here he is mostly hidden and given us an unusual view of the underbody.
If you have an interest in the underneath of Dragonflies you will find some moderate quality normal light views as part of our Ultraviolet survey (over 50 insects over 10 pages).
The insects are not dead - just chilled to calm them, and flew off once warmed up.
In the Section Index you will also find plants and moths, butterflies, other insects and (surprise!) moorhen, plus links to technical details of the work and the paper produced by Wendy Harris on the results of the Dragonfly work of which we are secondary authors.



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Image Taken on 18 Aug 2021 at 16:10    Image of day on 25 Sep 2021

Glistening in the afternoon sunshine, this male Southern Hawker Dragonfly warms himself in the fitful sunshine


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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2018 at 15:22    Image of day on 11 Oct 2018

This beauty is a male Southern Hawker Dragonfly stopped to warm up in the fitful sunshine.


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Image Taken on 21 Aug 2018 at 17:31    Image of day on 11 Oct 2018

This male Southern Hawker Dragonfly went to perch deep in a Blackberry bush/hedge where we catch the beauty in dappled sunlight.


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Image Taken on 15 Sep 2018 at 15:35    Image of day on 06 Nov 2018

This male Southern Hawker Dragonfly is sunning himself on a stem of great Willow Herb. This is 2 different views of the same individual.


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Image Taken on 13 Aug 2017 at 09:28    Image of day on 30 Sep 2017

Our first confirmed sighting this year of a Southern Hawker Dragonfly was this male flying overhead and landing in this venerable Pear tree a few metres away. Inspecting the image on screen we note that the 7th segment (4th 'blobs' up from the bottom) is bi-coloured sky blue at the bottom and green at the top.


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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2014 at 12:49    Image of day on 02 Nov 2014

This male Southern Hawker dragonfly landed on this leaf of a Sweet chestnut (not that we get a crop - the Grey squirrels take them all before they are ripe) and was unusually tolerant of us moving around him. He looks absolutely pristine and likely emerged from the nearby Duck-shaped pond.


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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2014 at 12:51    Image of day on 02 Nov 2014

This male Southern Hawker dragonfly landed on this leaf of a Sweet chestnut and was unusually tolerant of us moving around him. He looks absolutely pristine and likely emerged from the nearby Duck-shaped pond.


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Image Taken on 27 Aug 2013 at 09:56    Image of day on 25 Oct 2013

We heard the rustling of this male Southern Hawker Dragonfly apparently trapped in a tangle of grass. Untangling him revealed that he was hooked by his left forewing on a dead blackberry thorn (the brown stem middle left to bottom right).


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Image Taken on 27 Aug 2013 at 09:56    Image of day on 25 Oct 2013

After being freed the Dragonfly sat for a moment on the hand. You can see that both left wings got bashed about in the struggle, but real damage was minimal (the thorn simply pierced a single tiny cell) and he flew off perfectly a few seconds after this pic.


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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2015 at 10:58    Image of day on 11 Oct 2015

A Southern Hawker Dragonfly has at last made an appearance - as usual over the main pond. At 7 fps we caught this moment as this male was rising almost vertically.


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Image Taken on 15 Aug 2014 at 14:05    Image of day on 26 Oct 2014

Out in the sunshine this Southern Hawker seemed at the time to be making a sharp turn in flight as appears here. But we were surprised when building this montage that all 3 images overlaid one another when aligned against the background. So it was in fact turning in a hover - probably against the North-West breeze that has been dominating the last few days. So we considered 3 separated frames but decided to show you what we thought we saw!


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Image Taken on 10 Oct 2009 at 15:14    Image of day on 12 Nov 2009

To our delight we still have Southern hawker Dragonflies on the wing in mid October on sunny days even when chilly enough for coats. This one was sunning itself in a stand of pine trees near the pond. Both its right wing tips are a little the worse for wear, but he appears otherwise immaculate.


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Image Taken on 15 Aug 2021 at 10:06    Image of day on 25 Sep 2021

Next morning this male Southern Hawker Dragonfly is hanging from a dead twig in the hedge, warming in the sunshine to start the days hunting.


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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2012 at 11:05    Image of day on 26 Oct 2012

Hawker dragonflies need to warm themselves in the sunshine to fly in lower air temperatures. You have to see them land to spot them as they align themselves with the stems


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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2010 at 11:17    Image of day on 27 Oct 2010

Despite the poor weather the brief periods of sunshine brought out a few dragonflies. They are getting a bit tatty now following encounters with blackberry thorns etc., but worth a few outdoor images on-the-wing. It is really only possible when they hover for a moment - here two frames about 150mS apart as he drifted forward a little.


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