A Southern Hawker dragonfly

I found this Southern Hawker dragonfly basking in my garden yesterday. It is a common species in Devon and on Dartmoor.

Southern Hawker 1
This is an immature male – mature individuals have blue markings at the base of the abdomen. You can tell it is a male because of the configuration of the anal appendages.

Southern Hawker 3Note the yellow triangle at the base of the abdomen beside the two anal appendages – females lack this

Southern Hawker 2
Here is a close up of the wing venation

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