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Jun 11, 2014 9:27 PM

A Dragonfly ...

Sorry to bother but I came across this character earlier today beside the Thames at Crossness.


Having checked all the seeming possibilities I'm left with a female Common Darter. I have a concern however a propos the black markings which seem to rule Common Darter out. 


I would very much appreciate some guidance please.


Thanks very much ~ Mike .....

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    Jun 11, 2014 10:10 PM (in response to Mike Robinson)
    Re: A Dragonfly ...

    Hi Mike,


    My money's on Black-tailed Skimmer female - olive green eyes, abdomen tapering fairly evenly from about the front end, and the two black stripes along its length making a kind of ladder pattern.

    Have a look at this for comparison:


    I was briefly dragonfly spotting myself this afternoon in Essex - until the hayfever kicked in good and proper. Curses.



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