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Gallery of British Damselflies and Dragonflies

My aim for some time has been to photograph all the regular breeding damselflies & dragonflies in Britain, excluding some extreme rarities that have somehow found their way onto the category A list published by the British Dragonfly Society (e.g. Southern Emerald Damselfly and Yellow-veined Darter) .

I managed to achieve this target in the summer of 2014, by adding Norfolk Hawker and Scarce Emerald Damselfly from the same trip to East Anglia, although a few of my photographs have considerable scope for improvement! In 2015 I succeeded in adding the very rare Southern Migrant Hawker and managed some improved shots of a few of the others. In future years it would be good to add one or two of the Cat A rarities mentioned above, as well as improving on some more of the existing ones (especially Northern Emerald!). 

This gallery shows my best shot(s) for each species. For some I have included both settled and flight photos.


Beautiful Demoiselle Banded Demoiselle Emerald Damselfly Scarce Emerald Damselfly Willow Emerald
Southern Emerald Damselfly White legged Damselfly Large Red Damselfly Small Red Damselfly Southern Damselfly
Northern Damselfly Azure Damselfly Variable Damselfly Common Blue Damselfly Common Blue Damselfly
Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly Red-eyed Damselfly  Small Red-eyed Damselfly   


Hairy Dragonfly Azure Hawker Common Hawker Migrant Hawker Migrant Hawker
Southern Migrant Hawker Southern Hawker Brown Hawker Norfolk Hawker Emperor Dragonfly
Emperor Lesser Emperor Clubtail Golden-ringed Dragonfly Downy Emerald
Downy Emerald Brilliant Emerald Northern Emerald Four-spotted Chaser Scarce Chaser
Broad-bodied Chaser Black-tailed Skimmer Common Darter Common Darter
Ruddy Darter Black Darter Red veined Darter White-faced Darter  

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