Following my last post with a Dragonfly and Damselfly which both turned out to be completely different types than I had ID'd I thought that Someone should confirm or correct my ID on a couple of others!!??.... I'm really am still learning with this 'bug' ID lark and as I'm trying to photograph and log every single species that I find in my garden I feel some expert advice is the only way to go!!!......
1. Ruddy Darter??....or maybe Yellow Winged Darter??....
2. UMMM?? Common Darter?????....
On 2. UMM I would say Sympetrum striolatum or S. vulgatum - but as the former is much commoner in Britain (it's rather the opposite here in Sweden) I'd go for that one. British vernacular names? No idea, they are as confusing as French engines!
Number 1 can't be a S. sanguineum as the legs are not all black. The veins in the wings look red to me, and with the pattern on the side of the thorax, i suspect that it can be a S. fonscolombei - a species of which I have no experience.
The other two looks quite female, and quite Sympetrum-ish.
But the experts will correct me immediately - I reply just so that you'll surely be answered correctly as soon as possible.
These are both Common Darters, the first 2 pictures male and the second female. The thorax of a male Ruddy Darter would be all one colour (brown), on your picture you can see it looks like 2 pale stripes with a center darker stripe, other things to look out for to tell them apart is that a Ruddy Darter has a more club tip to the abdomen and black legs, and a bit subjective but a Ruddy Darter is really bright red, when you see them together the Common Darter looks dull!
A Yellow winged darter would have a larger patch of yellow on the wings (the picture of one below is from British Dragonflies). The Yellow winged darter is also an immigrant species and has not established large colonies although that's not to say you wouldn't see one.
Hope this helps, I love recording in my garden too, you may already do so but your records will be of interest to the various recording schemes if you get chance to send them,
Thank you for your extensive reply it is very much appreciated and very interesting. I'm struggling a bit with my Dragonflys as we have so many visiting the garden at the moment and they all look slightly different!!
What recording schemes were you thinking of for my garden records? At the moment I'm just recording to see what I can attract into the garden.
I have to say that seeing such a huge variety of insects and other wildlife coming into the garden is fascinating and so rewarding!
I agree they are endlessly fascinating!, I'm still learning too-I don't think you ever stop with insects,
Here are a few I like to send my records to, they're easy to use online,
There are loads more though: http://www.brc.ac.uk/recording_schemes.asp it's just really how much you want to get involved with, it can be quite a lot to keep track of!
I will have a look at all of these. I have just been invited to join my local moth group so all in all as you say a lot to keep up with!
It's a shame that there isn't one generic group where you could post all your sightings and then they get fed off to the individual species groups as required..... sounds like an opening for someone who's got the know how!!?