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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 .....
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.
Chris: thanks. Pretty obvious really!
Poor you with the hayfever. I have been lucky in escaping it. My father suffered as does my brother.
Kind regards ~ Mike .....