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Dragonfly and Damselfly Photos 2021

  Ruddy Darter, Faringdon Folly Park Pond, Oxon.

22 July 2021

Now appearing as very smart fully mature adults

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  Blue-tailed Damselfly, Faringdon Folly Park Pond, Oxon.

22 July 2021

This urban fishing pond used to be the best place in the county for Small Red-eyes. However this species is now to be found at many other sites in the country and I only found modest numbers here (around 10).

Several other common species were to be found.

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  Red-eyed Damselfly, Tar Lakes, nr Witney, Oxon.

21 July 2021

I visited this site for the first time this year, after a gap of two years. I was hoping that, with the recent widespread dispersal of Small red-eyes around the county, I would find them here as this site appears to have suitable habitat.

However it was not to be - only their slightly larger close relatively were to be seen.

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  Small Red-eyed Damselfly, Grove Meadows Stormwater pond, Grove, Oxon.

17 July 2021

My first visit to this interesting and relatively newly created site adjacent to yet another new housing estate.

There was a good variety of species to be seen, including good numbers of this favourite of mine.

This photo makes a change from the more usual ones of this species on floating algal mats

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  Common Darter, Grove Meadows Stormwater pond, Grove, Oxon.

17 July 2021

Challenging subjects as ever to get flight shots of, but I think the Canon R5 helped with this one.

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Common Darter, Grove Meadows Stormwater pond, Grove, Oxon.

17 July 2021

Settled on a nearby nicely coloured stem.

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  Southern Hawker, Trap Grounds, Oxford.

15 July 2021

Recently emerged and still hanging from its exuvia.

Many thanks to Nicola Devine for showing me around and for spotting this in a remarkably accessible location!

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  Common Blue Damselfly,  Standlake Common, Oxon.

7 July 2021

Crop of a focus stacked image.

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  Broad bodied Chaser,  Boundary Brook NR, Oxford, Oxon.

23 June 2021

My first visit to this compact, urban oasis. There are three ponds, all with the considerable dragonfly potential thanks to the hard work of the Oxford Urban Wildlife Group, membership of which is needed to gain access to this site. 

In addition to two of this species, there were Azure and Large Red Damselflies and three large exuviae - see below. Also an Emperor ovipositing.

This is a hand-held, focus stacked image.

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  Probable Emperor exuvia,  Boundary Brook NR, Oxford, Oxon.

23 June 2021

With the occupant departed, I wasn't sure of the ID of this exuvia, of which there were three on the smallest, shallow pond. They were far too large for the BB Chaser holding territory. The other pond had an ovipositing Emperor and checking on the web suggests this is the probable ID of this exuvia.

This is a hand-held, focus stacked image.

  Large Red Damselfly,  Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon.

9 June 2021

The other more notable species at the fishing pool weren't posing, so I had to settle for this!

This is a hand-held, focus stacked image.

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  Clubtail,  Goring (Gatehampton) Railway Bridge, Oxon.

5 June 2021

A return visit to this site but unfortunately this adult had deformed front wings and couldn't fly properly

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  Clubtail larva, Goring (Gatehampton) Railway Bridge, Oxon

1 June 2021

The dragonfly season is now off to an extraordinarily late start with all the poor weather in April and May!

At least it was warm and sunny today and after a few days of this, things are starting to emerge, including Clubtails.

Following a remarkable report of 10+ one one day here last week, I was keen to try my luck at this site, which has to be the best in Oxon for emergences.

Sure enough I saw two emergences. There was also this wandering larva that emerged in the shade under the bridge, briefly walked horizontally along the wall before falling off back into the water.

My just emerged adult photo was affected by very harsh light, so I am not showing it here.
All pictures copyright Stephen Burch

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