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- Broad bodied chaser female dragonfly
- Watched the nymph climb up an iris and emerge Then wait until it dried out and then flee away
- Female Scarce Chaser
- Lucky enough to catch her buzzing right past my head in the riverside park this afternoon. She landed in an awkward position up a tree and stayed there for upwards...
- Beautiful demoiselle
- 2 male one female by valley stream Penberth Cornwall
- Broad bodiedchaser
- Domestic garden. Returning to unopened iris flowers throughout the day.
- Hairy Dragonfly
- A pair (with the female ovipositing) at Rye Meads RSPB reserve, Herts. First pond before Draper Hide.
- First 2019 visit to Upton Fen
- Two 4-spot chasers (L. quadrimaculata) and several Hairy Dragonflies (B. pratense) this pm.
- Irish damselfy and female hairy hawker
- In Montiaghs Moss N. Ireland male Irish damselfy , the female hairy hawker busy ovipositing also Many variable and large red damselflies and four spotted chasers
- Beautiful Demoiselles out in numbers
- The first Beautiful Demoiselle was sighted a week ago at Shalfleet.Today more than 30 counted on the same short stretch of streambank.Mainly immatures but also several mature adults.
- Female Hairy Dragonfly
- Hairy Dragonfly observed ovipositing at a large pond near to Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
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