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