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.



13 comments:

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

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  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

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

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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

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

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

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  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

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  8. Your images are so crisp and beautiful!
    Please come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/08/say-yes-to-neigh.html

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

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

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  11. Wonderful shots! You must be amazingly patient!

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