Tuesday, 31 July 2018

There be Dragons here.

Many of my readers will know of my regular visits, throughout the seasons, to the acidic heathland, bog, ponds and woodlands at Thursley Common National Nature Reserve  for its wealth of wildlife, notably its special birds and a habitat that also supports over 20 species of Odonata.

A carved sign alongside the boardwalk depicts some of the delights that can be found here and this post serves to illustrate the dragon species I have seen here during the past month.

Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata).

Four-spotted Chaser (Above and below)

Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) [Male above - Female below]

Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) [Male above - Female below]

Keeled Skimmer - Mating pair.

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) [Male above - Female below]

Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) [Male above - Female below]

The Damsels will feature in a future post.


  1. Such a lot of 'Dragons' in your part of the world Frank and great photographs of them.

  2. Great photos, I love to sit and watch Dragonflies, there's something quite relaxing about it!

  3. Frank you are southeast of Mattingley UK when you visit the reserve. My ancestors hailed from their. Love the dragon images. They'are so beautiful. Carol

  4. This seems to have been a good year for dragonflies. We have had a couple of unusual visitors up here. I suppose, like the butterflies, many species are extending their range with the changing climate.

  5. I dunno Frank You've got dragons and I can't find a sparrow to photograph.

  6. Hello, beautiful dragonfly photos. I like the color on the Keeled Skimmer. But, they are all lovely. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  7. Oh yes! Just stunning! Great photos.

  8. Lovely series of Dragonflies!
    Best regards, Maria


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