Thursday, 14 July 2011

Dragon and Damsels.

Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)

 Resting inbetween his territorial flights.

A fearsome predator of many insects including Damselflies and Butterflies.

 Azure Damselfly [Male] (Coenagrion puella)

White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes)

More of my 2011 images can be viewed here.   FAB. 

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  1. love the sleek damsels. and the silvery google eyes on the last one makes it great!

  2. Can't get enough of the dragonflies. I don't know what it is, I just love them. Lovely captures!

  3. Terrific captures (as you always get!).

  4. Hi Frank
    Super shots esp like the close up of the Emperor in the third image.
    Nice One.

  5. I have seen dragonflies at the bog also and recently took a photo of one but have no idea which kind it is. Care to take a look? Nice shots of the ones you have seen.

  6. great shots. I love them but it is soooo hard to identify most of them. Especially the blue ones.
    I have to check the Emerald one. It is not supposed to be in my area. :)

    The whitelegged one...I don´t think we have it.

  7. Interesting collection of a fascinating species. Great close-up shots, Frank.

  8. A wonderful series of the dragonflies and demsels!
    So you mean the dragonflies eat demsels too??

    Greetings from the south of Sweden

  9. A little scary, but very beautiul creatures even close up. ;)

    Thanks for your comment to my butterfly photo.

  10. Cheers Adam.

    Thank you Lois.

    Hi Theresa. They are all fun to watch but rarely very co-operative when you want a nice close-up plus they have eyes in the back of their heads and often see me coming .. lol.

    Thanks Tammy. Very prehistoric .. perhaps that is what intrigues us about the 'dragons'.

    Thank you Mona.

    Cheers Monty.

    Thanks Kathie. I have little knowledge of Odanata in the USA but yours might be a Twelve-spotted Skimmer.

    Hi NatureFootstep. I have seen images of the Emerald taken in Sweden so worth checking.

    Thanks very much Hilke.

    Hi Pia. Yes ... I'm afraid they do! Have a great weekend.

    Hi Charlotta. They are quite harmless and very facinating.

  11. Fascinating creatures. Wonderful photos. Sometimes some of them visit my garden.

  12. Hi Frank,
    Lovely shots of a real `beast` of a dragonfly. A true predator in every sense of the word!
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  13. Thank you Ingmarie.

    Hi John. Yeah, definitely a brute.

  14. That dragon looks pretty formidable (sp?)!! I have never seen a white-legged damsel. Is she/he ever pretty/handsome! ~karen

  15. Hi Karen. It's no wonder everything tries to hide when the Emperor is patrolling its territory! The immature White-legged was a special find for me .. far more interesting than the dark mature male.

  16. What a lot of nice shots. It looks like you have some of the same as we do here in Maine.

  17. Thanks Sandy. A few similar species but not quite the same, I think.

  18. Great shots, Frank.
    All these pictures are beautiful.
    Excellent job!

    Warmest greetings.


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