I didn't want to trap whatever this is in a jar, but it was the only way to get a good shot of it for identification. It was released immediately after this image was taken.
If anyone is able to identify this insect (Some sort of dragonfly/damselfly? I have no idea), please let me know what it is called and if it is native to the UK/Europe.
Broad-bodied chaser (Libellula depressa), female (the males develop a blue pruinosity (as the second ref. calls it) that covers the actual brown colour).
It is one of the most common dragonflies in Europe and central Asia.
Similar: Libellula fulva
Can you explain Mike,why this is deemed to have a correct answer, whilst the same, at http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/message/25733 is only "assumed". I hope you'd agree this (even clearer) view is also a female, which is backed up by innumerable Ispot ID's as well as the 'official' dragonfly sites. And there's a 3rd likewise "assumed answered"
I don't know how that part of the system works.
I'm just a user, like you.
Drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, (and please ask them to include me in the answer! TIA)
Thanks for your speed reply. It'd help if you gave your opinion on it (or even posted your opinion at 25733),as even after I augmented the ID in dec'12, it remained a long while 'not answered', despite my complaints in http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/message/26042 . (the other Libellula is at http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/message/25736 )
I have replied to 25733, as you suggested.
Thanks for pointing me to www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/message/26042. That brings me up to speed.
Let's keep further such discussion off this thread; by all means email me (click on my name to get the address).
All this was explained in this thread: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/natureplus/message/26042
, perhaps not clearly enough.
Basically, questions remain "unanswered" because the user who created the thread did not mark a reply as "correct answer". I know about these threads, as tens of emails land in my inbox every day to remind me of them. I have the permission to click a button and mark answers as "correct", thus marking the questions as "answered". But I don't always have the expertise to do it. And if I took the time to check every ID, what is the point of this forum where members do the ID? We do have experts in different fields, for example dragonflies, but most of them are not on the forum, or not active on it. I am not an expert, and only help as much as I can. There is no expert in everything (all insects, spiders, mammals, etc.). But even if there was such an expert, she would have to wait for the creator of the trhead to mark it as "answered", and only if he doesn't, she would do so.
I only have limited expertise and limited time. What I can do is mark those messages that seem to have received reasonable replies as "assumed answered". This does not close the thread and allows the owner or an expert to mark an answer as "correct", or "useful", and other members to add comments, answers, etc. As much as I like the forum, there are many other things I have to do in my job, and I'm not allowed to spend too much time answering forum posts. However, I hope that marking old threads which seem to have been answered with "assumed answered" is a good compromise. If not, please let me know and I will stop doing this.