Sunday, 9 August 2015

Keeled Skimmer.

One dragonfly that is also closely associated with acidic wet heathland sites is the Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) and I have seen them in good numbers throughout July.

The male has blue-grey eyes and a tapering powder-blue abdomen but the orange pterostigma (wing-spot) plus the buff shoulder stripes present on both sexes differentiates it from the very similar Black-tailed Skimmer

The females sporting their rich ochre colours often enable them to blend in well with their surroundings making them a little harder to spot unless you happen to nearly trip over one, like this individual, perched on a sandy track well away from any water.


  1. They are such cool looking critters. Nice shots.

  2. Wow, these are unique images that are dragonflies nimble and super fast but when you have hung loose and relaxed for the great shots ...
    greetings Frank

  3. Amazing close-ups. Love the colors. Thanks so much for linking up with "Through My Lens" photo meme.

    Mersad Donko Photography

  4. Oh how wonderful! Great macro shots of this interesting dragonfly.

  5. Skimmers and chasers are rather similar! Great shots!

  6. Never too many dragonfly pictures! These are great.

  7. I always think they look as though they are smiling, but I have seen one chew a butterfly... That is not a smile... LOL.. Great captures Frank... I need to get out to see what I can find here when I am feeling better...Michelle

  8. Your images are so crisp and beautiful!
    Please come link up at

  9. Oh my, what big eyes you have Mr. Dragonfly.

  10. Great post frank,still waiting to see one up close.
    Fingers crossed.

  11. Wonderful shots! You must be amazingly patient!


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