Odonata - Dragonflies and damselflies

Dragonflies are larger than damsels, and dragons rest with wings outstretched, damsels with wings along the abdomen. Larvae are aquatic predators.

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Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier 1840)

Brown Hawker Aeshna grandis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Cambridge, garden, 8th July 2001.

Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta Latreille, 1805

Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum (Charpentier, 1840)

Photographed at Cambridge 9th September 2000.

Not much bigger than a damsel fly - this one is about 43mm long overall. This is a female - males are rather reddish in colour.

Female Ruddy Darters Sympetrum sanguineum are rather similar but have all black legs and are rather smaller (35mm). On this specimen the legs (inset) are at least partly light colour.

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