Posts Tagged ‘Black Darter

08
Aug
21

Dragons Den

A couple of photos of dragons taken last week. Firstly a Southern Hawker at Foxley Wood and a Black Darter (female) taken on the recent Cumbria Butterfly Tour.

Southern Hawker
Black darter (female)
15
Aug
15

Darting about

A tour a couple of weeks ago took to the marshes. The forecast wasn’t good but as usual Norfolk came good with a little sunshine. Out of nowhere our target appeared … sooner than I expected.

Black Darters are not common in Norfolk but we managed to find half a dozen plus a few other dragons and butterflies.

Black Darter

14
Aug
13

Living in an acid environment

When you read the description of a Black Darter it says that it’s a very diminutive dragonfly mainly black in colour. Not something you would normally write home about. Well …the males anyway.
Last month we paid a visit to the acid bogs around The Wash. Small pools here among the heather held Dragonflies galore. Among them were Black Darters. Only just bigger than a damselfly they were easily overlooked; until we saw the females; like little girls in bright summer dresses dancing among the matching luminescent yellow Bog Asphodel. Unmistakable.
Keeled Skimmers with lace like wings were also patrolling the ponds.
A wonderful place with some specialised wildlife.

As always click each photo to enlarge.

Black Darter 1

Bog Ashphodel

Keeled Skimmer




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