15 September 2009

Dragonflies and damselflies

On Saturday we visited some ponds where Fred had not collected samples before. There were large numbers of insects visiting the ponds, including these damselflies.

Male Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa)

Female Emerald Damselfly

Pair of Emerald Damselflies

Pair of Darters (probably Black Darters - Sympetrum danae)

Watch a video of two pairs of Darters laying eggs.

I also found this empty larva case (exuvia) of a Common Hawker (Aeshna juncea) - one of the larger dragonflies.

One of the dragonflies even settled on Fred's head!

Many thanks to Jeanne Robinson for help with identifications.

Further information:

British Dragonfly Society - includes photos of British species
and a useful pdf document on Dragonflies in your garden

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