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Well folks it must be summer the Common Darters (Sympetrum striolatum) are finally with us. though the weather has been cool very cloudy and wet here in the UK.
This is a male who is about half way through his period of maturing into a sexually active male from crawling up a reed stem and emerging from his larval stage. He is about 55mm long in the body and a little wider in the wings, eventually he will darken to an orange/red at which point he wil find himself a spot on the bank of a pond or slow moving river to hold as breeding territory waiting for females to turn up later in the day mating darters.We can expect to have them with us in a mild autumn right into November, we saw our last on 5th nov. last year, they seem to be able to operate in temperatures as low 10 deg C. which is cool for a dragonfly.
This on was taken inthe middle of a field of grass being grown for hay, about 5 fields away from the nursery pond, so may appear with us later or go to any one of the many small field ponds there for the livestock to drink from.
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I really hope you like this one, as I feel it is a far superior picture to the Green Bug you gave me lots of points for, well thats my opinion?

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