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Damselflies & Dragonflies

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Southern Hawker - Aeshna cyanea


Brown Hawker - Aeshna grandis


Common Hawker - Aeshna juncea


Emperor Dragonfly - Anax imperator


Beautiful Demoiselle - Calopteryx virgo


Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puella


Golden-ringed Dragonfly - Cordulegaster boltonii


Common Blue Damselfly - Enallagma cyathigerum

A few minutes watching for the damselflies may result in you seeing one catch and eat its prey.


Blue-tailed Damselfly - Ischnura elegans


Emerald Damselfly - Lestes sponsa


Broad-bodied Chaser - Libellula depressa


Four-spotted Chaser - Libellula quadrimaculata


Large Red Damselfly - Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Like many insects, damselflies like to sunbathe and can often be seen on the sunny paths around the reserve.


Black Darter - Sympetrum danae


Ruddy Darter - Sympetrum sanguineum


Common Darter - Sympetrum striolatum

It was count the wings of this darter! The reflection and shadows made interesting photography. These darters often sunbathe on the man-made structures around the reserve, often returning to the same place after being disturbed.