Dragonfly Thread

Discussion in 'Nature' started by BillN, May 30, 2014.

  1. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    LIST of IMAGES ON THIS Thread

    1) #1 Common Blue Damselfly - Enallagma cyathigerum - male - UK
    2) #5 Common Green Darner, Anax Junius - US
    3) #5 Common Blue Damselfly, Enallagma cythigerum - US
    4) #6 and #42 Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula - UK and FR
    5) #11 Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense - UK
    6) #11 Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii - male - UK
    7) #11 Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa – female - UK
    8) #11 exuviae of an Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperato - UK - not included in "count"
    9) #18 Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens - male - UK
    10) #19 and #54 Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo - UK and FR
    11) #21 Banded Demoiselle - Calopteryx splendens - female - UK
    12) #24, #61 Four-spotted Chaser - Libellula quadrimaculata - female - UK
    13) #28 and #43 Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella - UK and FR
    14) #36 Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans - male - UK
    15) #36
    Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum - male - UK
    16) #36, #62 Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator - male - UK
    17). #41 and #46 Common Darter -
    Sympetrum striolatum - UK
    18). #45 Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum - male - FR
    19) #53 Western Demoiselle, Calopteryx xanthostoma - male - FR
    20). #58
    Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa - male - FR
    21) #60 - Golden-ringed Dragonfly - Cordulegaster boltonii - male - FR
    22). #61, #62, #63 - Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura pumilio - male - UK
    23). #61 -Black-tailed Skimmer Orthetrum cancellatum - male - UK
    24). #71 Southern Skimmer, (Orthetrum brunnem) - male - FR
    25). #72
    Common Darter, (Sympetrum striatum) - female - FR
    26). #83 Copper Demoiselle - (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) - female - FR
    27). #85 - Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata) - male - FR
    28). #85 Broad Scarlet (Scarlet Darter) Crocothemis erythraea - male - FR

    5,700 species of the order Odonata, (Dragonflies and Damselflies), known in the world today
    only 120 in Europe, (apparently there are 150 species in Florida!!)
    only 56 species of damselfly and dragonfly in Britain and Ireland ........ 16 in thread so far + 4 in France which are seen in the UK

    LINKS
    British Dragonfly Society - http://www.british-dragonflies.org.uk/home

    If you are interested, post your image … don't worry about the quality ….. then it would be fun to find out their names and more about them.

    According to our own resident Chris Packham, the following is a Common Blue Damselfly - Common Bluet (blue form) - Enallagma cyathigerum, first recorded in 1840 - looks like a male - probably the most common in the Region, (Europe and Scandinavia) - seen Hampshire, UK, May 2014


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  2. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    OH! Sorry Bill, I hadnt read you just wanted Euro. Oh well, deleted.
     
  3. Well done guys.
     
  4. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill

    No Sue world wide is good - as I said there are 4,700 world wide and it is good to see them from all over the world
     
  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
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  6. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Those are good Luke - need more info - the second one is a "true Dragonfly" according to my book - what set up did you use Luke?

    Here's my second - I need a macro lens which I will sort out next week
    Taken with a "normal 300mm

    I'll now try to find out what it is and add info

    UK South - small Dfly - found at the side of a small garden pond - water still and not running

    Seems to be called a Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphal ………….. (Edited) ……..

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  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
  8. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    I think that your first one is a member of the Enallagma family "American" Bluets as is the one that I posted - apparently very common but confined to Eurasia and N America

    Common Green Darner
    Range and Status - "Common and widespread in N and Central America, vagrant in Europe. At least 6 individuals were recorded in the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall in Sept 1998 and one male was captured on the French Coast, near Nantes in Sept 2003. The British records coincided with an Atlantic depression with strong westerly winds"

    So I don't reckon I'll see one "over here" ……..
     
  9. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Bill, the fact that this damselfly has antehumeral stripes (I told you they were important), black legs, it's eyes aren't truely red and the location it was found in, it's a Large Red Damselfly, a much commoner species. The Small Red is a damselfly of small acidic pools on heaths and moors with a very limited distribution in the UK, and I doubt if any garden pond plays host to Small Reds.

    Barrie
     
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  10. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    The one that occured at Rame Head, just west of Plymouth, was "twitched" by quite a few dedicated dragonfly watchers and a guard was mounted on it because the British Natural History Museum sent someone down to catch and kill it for their collection, they were thwarted in that endeavour.

    Barrie
     
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  11. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    A few more to get you going

    1000675.
    Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense

    1010297.
    male Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii

    1010174.
    female Broad-bodied Chaser Libellula depressa

    1030565.
    exuviae of an Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator

    There are others somewhere in my gallery, but I can't find them at the moment, so that's your lot folks, well for now anyway.

    Barrie
     
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  12. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Thanks Barrie - those are exceptional - when you start to look at them in details they are amazing creatures

    As you said - A Large Red - a lot more common and all over the UK and Europe
     
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  13. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    Luke

    is it possible to insert a posting at the beginning that I can edit to provide a list of the names, Common and Latin of all the ones that we post images of?
     
  14. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    even without details, they're amazing. They''re effing 300 million years old.
     
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  15. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I can't move posts out of chronological order, I'm afraid. You can however, open up your first post and edit it to say whatever you want.
     
  16. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Well the design is, and they got it right. Just like they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

    Barrie
     
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  17. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    didn't know they lived that long!!!
     
  18. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Perhaps I should have started a Demoiselle thread for all the UK species ... but it would have been a bit short ...

    anyway, here's a Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) from a few years ago:





    demoiselle by _loupe, on Flickr

     
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  19. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    and here's what I think is a Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) from the same date and location




    demoiselle by _loupe, on Flickr

     
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  20. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Well done Paul, that's 50% of them covered :biggrin: Oh, you did 100% in the time it took me to post.

    Barrie
     
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