Thursday, 21 May 2015

Dragonfly Time

Thurs. 21st
Took a leisurely walk around Thornden Wood finding a couple of ponds with dragonflies on the wing. Also I saw several garden warblers, two that were especially close plus chiffchaffs and blackcaps. Only had the little bridge camera which gives a big depth of field but not a particularly detailed shot.

 Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puella. The only 'blue' seen

 Large Red Damselfly- Pyrrhosoma nymphula

 Female Broad-bodied chaser - Libellula depressa. Egg laying, chased by several fast flying males

Large red damselfly- never realized the female has blue legs!
Also my 3 books describes the thorax as black with red stripes not GREEN as seen here! Perhaps it changes colour later???


Warren Baker said...

There are three colour forms for female Large Reds, one of which (Typica) has a green body, not quite sure why the male in your shot is green though!

Marc Heath said...

Nice to see you photographing some odonata Mike. A nice set.

Mike H said...

nice shots from the woods Mike.