Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Ashdown Forest (part 2)

Ashdown Forest is a good place to see dragonfly and damselfly species that have a preference for breeding in the acid pools, bogs and streams that are found there.

The stunning Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) is a nationally rare dragonfly which has a curious distribution in the UK, only occurring in SE England and NW Scotland. The photographs show an immature female. As she matures, the amber tint in her wings will fade and her eyes will turn green.

Brilliant Emerald (Somatochlora metallica) (immature female)

Golden-ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii) (male)

Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) (mating)

Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) (male)

Small Red Damselfly (Ceriagrion tenellum) (mating)

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