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This dragonfly landed on our washing line at the beinning of August. It was not as brightly coloured or large as some we have had in our garden.
What kind of dragonfly is it.
It looks to me like a male common darter, Sympetrum striolatum. Plenty of pictures on the internet to compare it with - this site I found has a good selection: http://www.dragonfly-images.co.uk/#/common-darter/4531918204
Darters are smaller than the hawkers and instead of cruising around on the wing they often keep to a favoured perch and dart out to intercept potential prey.
Thank you Chris for your helpful information. That's clearly what it is. Katie.