Dazzling Damsels and Dragons 2018

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Dazzling Damsels and Dragons 2018

  • Though we don't get many dragon or damsel flies around here, I do think they're almost as attractive as butterflies are.

  • Mike B

    Though we don't get many dragon or damsel flies around here, I do think they're almost as attractive as butterflies are.

    I agree Mike, I love their intricate details on their wings and on their body, they look delicate from afar, but from up close they look ferocious! I was initially struggling when I was trying to ID the female Blue Tailed Damselfly, It turned out that they had a lot of variations! Which adds to the lovely range of colours that you can find in these magnificent insects.   

  • I was exactly the same WE, the Blue-tailed is a bit confusing at first, especially when you get one that doesn't have a blue tail, like this one I got today.

      

    And my first Four Spotted Chaser of the year (one of three) ... which seems to be hiding a pair of legs!

  • Nice captures We, Nige, got a few pictures myself today will get them ready to show.

  • Anyone know what this is for Silvana please www.flickr.com/.../photostream

  • I think it's an immature male Black-tailed Skimmer, Alan.

    Both the immature male and females have a "ladder" pattern down the abdomen against a ground colour of yellow but it is more pronounced on the male. Also, the anal appendage is male in my opinion.

    Another excellent photo from Sylvana.

  • Thanks Tony I've left her a link to your reply.

  • This afternoon with the sun shining and quite warm I made a trip to one of my favourite dragonfly spots, Bramshill Forest. I needed to up my game as I hadn't been seeing much on my local patch. 

    The most prolific species were Four-spotted Chasers but they didn't settle much.

    There were a few Large Red Damselfly about

    Male and female. I don't think I've had a good look at females before. There are apparently three colour forms; this one is typica I think which is the commonest - I was hoping it might have been one of the other forms.

    An Azure Damselfly

    Male Broad-bodied Chasers

    No Emperors about yet but it may be too early. All in all not a bad visit 

  • What a stunning set of photos Tony, so clear and detailed;  it certainly feels good to be in a settled warm spell of sunny weather.  The large red damselflies were on the pond area again today but hoping we get one of the dragonfly species in at some stage.  

  • Lovely to see your photos TJ, as Hazy says they are so clear and detailed, showing what beautiful creatures they are.

  • This large red paid a visit to our garden today.

  • Well done, Mike. Large Reds seem to be showing well at the moment. If this glorious sunny weather continues it might be a good year for dragons et al.

  • TeeJay

    Well done, Mike. Large Reds seem to be showing well at the moment. If this glorious sunny weather continues it might be a good year for dragons et al.

    Thank you Tony.

    The poor damselfly was hoping to settle on our pond, but the net we have over the pond to stop predators sneaking away with our fish, it couldn't get through.

  • Very nice Tony, not a lot showing here looks like I will have to travel to get some pictures.

  • Nice captures Mike.