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Dragonflies and Damselflies
On this page is a collection of photos of dragonflies and
damselflies that I have taken over the years. At the most recent update, I
added some new photos from October 2011 and removed some of the earlier scanned
images from the pre-digital days of the 1990s. Photos from 2009 and 2010
were also added at the same time. The majority were taken at Risley Moss, my local nature reserve.
There are several
ways to tell dragonflies from damselflies. The simplest way is to look at the position of the wings when they are at rest.
Dragonflies normally have their wings at right angles to their body, whilst damselflies
usually hold theirs in line. Also the eyes of dragonflies are often larger
and meet at the top of the head, whereas those of damselflies are separated
and at the side of the head.
Risley Moss, October 2011
October 2011 began with a heatwave with record temperatures.
On this walk through Risley Moss, our local nature reserve, dragonflies were
abundant, a strange sight when it accompanied autumn leaves and dead flower
heads and seed pods from a lot of the wild flowers.
Photos taken on different occasions from May to September, all
at Risley Moss.
2009 - Risley
Moss and Anglesey
The damselflies at the start were all photographed on the edge
of Malltraeth Marsh near Llangaffo in Anglesey. The remainder were in
The first 10 photos here were taken during an organised walk through the
woodland and mossland at Risley
Moss on a day that was said to be poor for dragonflies and damselflies, because
it was overcast and drizzly.
We didn't see any of the larger hawker dragonflies during the walk, but we were
fortunate to come across a darter that had just emerged from its larva.
Here is a small selection. We returned the next weekend when the weather was much warmer and sunnier:
There were a lot more dragonflies about and they were a lot more active.
All of the dragonflies below are types of darter.
The dragonflies were still very active in September.
These photos are all of the same darter dragonfly that we noticed on top of a
direction sign near the Visitor Centre. It had landed there to eat an
insect that it had just caught. The photos above (August) were all taken
with a DSLR camera. The photos below were all taken on the super-macro
setting using a bridge compact camera.
Llangefni, August 2007
These photos were taken during a walk through The Dingle (Nant-y-Pandy)
in Llangefni, Anglesey in August 2007. I captured images of 2 different
species of dragonfly. From looking at a reference book, I'd say that the
first four photos are of a male Common Darter. During the same visit, I was also able to capture images of a hawker
dragonfly which I think from checking in a reference book is a female Migrant Hawker.
These still remain the best photos that I've managed to take of a hawker