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Ruddy Darters at last!

By July 14, 2015Blog

P. Spear has been enjoying the dragonflies at Venus Pools and has sent in the first great photo this year of Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum.

Enlarging the photo here makes the frons side line visible- this is the black line that runs like a moustache over the top and sides of the ruddy frons (face area). This distinguishes this species from Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum as do the all-black legs (striped in common darter) and the lack of antehumeral (shoulder) stripes (present in common darter).
T. Howell has also been in touch from just over the border in Powys and sent in some lovely pics- which I thought I’d include because it’s nearly Shropshire!
Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis after a sad emergence- possibly caused by conditions, but looks more like something was inherently wrong in this specimen.
On a brighter note a really striking photo of a female Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans form rufescens obsoleta.
Female Emperor Anax imperator ovipositing in vegetation- the yellow costa (leading vein of wing) clearly visible.
And a lovely shot of Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata.

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