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Whilst on holiday on the Norfolk Broads last week and in a nature reservation area cme across these two on reeds. Interested to know if male and female are same species, and what the species is / are.
Female was 2", male about 3".
This is a Hawker Dragonfly (family Aeshnidae) shortly after it emerged as an adult (the brown one is its exuvia). I think this could be the Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense). Compare with this. Another dragonfly on its exuvia on this page.
Thank you, we thought that the brown was a female mate, but your information makes sense now, as we wondered what the white cords were, so they must be inner attachment cords.
Makes it all the more an interesting photo.
will check out the Hawker and Hairy dragonflies to clarify which.