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Black Darter-Sympertrum danae291 views
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Black darter204 viewsOoze
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Black darter213 viewsThis poor fellow had got itslef stuck in the slimy ooze
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Emerging black darter251 viewsNot normally a good time to touch a dragonfly but this was actually a bit of a rescue . Some very very heavy rain during the night had (I think) battered this emerging dragonfly off its reed and onto the surface of the water, resting on semi-exposed weed. We thought it was dead and picked it up. When this picture was taken I was not sure what to do with it, normally I think the larval skin(exuvia) would be attached to something like a reed so I held it for a minute and the dragonfly pulled itself out.
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Emerging black darter262 viewsIn my opinion one of the most amazing things to watch in the world. A butterfly spends weeks sometimes pupating but a dragon or damselfly crawl up a reed at night, and then over a few hours crawls out of its larval skin, inflates and is a dragonfly.
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Emerging black darter237 viewsAbout 3/4 of the way through the miraculous emergence that every dragonfly has to go through.
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Black darter226 views
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Black darter234 viewsA detail showing the yellow spots/marks on the side of the thorax, black legs and black V shape on the thorax behind the eyes which are all things to notice to id the black darter when it is yellow. The common and ruddy darter are similar but don't have all of these key markings.
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Black darter-sympetrum danae226 views
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Black darter-sympetrum danae225 views
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Black Darters228 viewsMating- the one bend round under is the female.
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Black darter-sympetrum danae227 views
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