Migrant hawkers

There are still quite a few species of dragonflies and damselflies on the wing – enjoying the warm dry weather – here are a few photos of some I photographed at Little Bradley Ponds near Bovey Tracey a few days ago.

Migrant hawker 1This is a migrant hawker – a medium sized dragonfly – they live in lakes, gravel pits, canals and slow flowing rivers – they don’t like acidic water.

Migrant hawker 2During the 1940s this was a rare migrant species i.e. it came over from the continent during the summer. Since then it has colonised southern Britain and is now common.

Migrant hawker 3Here is a mating pair – the animal directly facing us is the male – note the yellow inverted triangle on the second segment of the abdomen – this is the characteristic ID feature.

Azure damselflies

Here are a couple of mating azure damselflies – one of our commonest species – the animal on the left is the male – note the thick broad black line with a thinner black line beneath it – this is one of the features that separates the species from the Common Blue Damselfly

Blue tailed damselflyHere is a blue tailed damselfly – again a common Devon species – blue on segment 9 and no others

There are still a few other species on the wing such as common darter, ruddy darter, black darter, southern hawker and the common hawker – this weekend could be a good chance to tack them down as it looks like the good weather will continue.

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