Monday, 17 August 2009

Old Moor RSPB, dragonflies

On Saturday we visited Dearne Valley Old Moor RSPB Nature Reserve for the first time & enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of sunshine & sightings. One highlight was the dragonflies. We were able to get within a close proximity of these two. I'd welcome feedback please as I'm still finding identification a little tricky, but hopefully I'm getting there. I think both are Common Darters. The male with the red-orange abdomen & the female with the yellowish brown abdomen. The thorax of both sexes is brown with yellow panels on the side & the yellow stripe on the legs distinguish it from a Ruddy Darter.

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) Male

The following are all Common Darters, female

I love the way the wings glisten in the sunshine


  1. Really beautiful pictures. Excellent to have them perching on the flowerheads. They are male and female Common Darters.

  2. What fantastic photographs, you must be very pleased!


  3. Thanks all, we were really lucky to have them perch for so long & were pleased with how the pics turned out. If you take enough then your bound to get a few nice ones. Thanks to Emma for helping confirm the identities. L

  4. A terrific series of dragon photos.


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