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  • Location: Heswall, Wirral
  • Weather Preferences: Summer: warm, humid, thundery. Winter: mild, stormy, some snow.
  • Location: Heswall, Wirral

    Not the best quality, but these damselflies where very frequent today, I even got the chance to hold one.

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  • Location: Cambridgeshire Fens. 3m ASL
  • Location: Cambridgeshire Fens. 3m ASL

    I think that's a Scarlet Darter Stephen. Damselflies tend to have their wings laying along the length of their body not held out as this one is.

    Nice shots anyway.

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  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl
  • Weather Preferences: warm and sunny, thunderstorms, frost, fog, snow, windstorms
  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl

    I thought Scarlet Darters were rare migrants to Britain and completely red? I would go for either a Common or Ruddy Darter though I'm not sure how to tell the difference between the two.

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  • Location: Heswall, Wirral
  • Weather Preferences: Summer: warm, humid, thundery. Winter: mild, stormy, some snow.
  • Location: Heswall, Wirral

    Could well have been a darter, but it was very small, in my experience damselflies tend to be smaller than dragonflies. If it was dragonfly it was certainly out of place here, because the record of local dragonflies certainly doesnt have a red dragonfly. The only resemblance is with the red damselfly.

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  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl
  • Weather Preferences: warm and sunny, thunderstorms, frost, fog, snow, windstorms
  • Location: Saddleworth, Oldham , 175m asl
    Could well have been a darter, but it was very small, in my experience damselflies tend to be smaller than dragonflies. If it was dragonfly it was certainly out of place here, because the record of local dragonflies certainly doesnt have a red dragonfly. The only resemblance is with the red damselfly.

    Well it's definately a dragonfly, some dragonflies can be very small such as the Black Darter. I'm suprised your local area hasn't recorded a Common Darter as I think they're one the most common dragonflies.

    Going by the British dragonfly society website, Common Darters are 38-43mm in length does that sound about right?

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  • Location: Heswall, Wirral
  • Weather Preferences: Summer: warm, humid, thundery. Winter: mild, stormy, some snow.
  • Location: Heswall, Wirral
    Well it's definately a dragonfly, some dragonflies can be very small such as the Black Darter. I'm suprised your local area hasn't recorded a Common Darter as I think they're one the most common dragonflies.

    Going by the British dragonfly society website, Common Darters are 38-43mm in length does that sound about right?

    Ive just looked, common darter is definitely it. They are rare around here though (despite being called a common darter), and theyre are not a recorded species around these parts.

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  • Location: Cambridgeshire Fens. 3m ASL
  • Location: Cambridgeshire Fens. 3m ASL
    I thought Scarlet Darters were rare migrants to Britain and completely red? I would go for either a Common or Ruddy Darter though I'm not sure how to tell the difference between the two.

    They seem to turn up relatively often in southern England. My fault for not looking at Stephens location. Common darter it is then.

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