A pictorial study of a Common Darter Dragonfly.
The Keeled skimmer is a medium-sized dragonfly. Males are pale blue, with grey-blue eyes; females are yellowy-brown with a black line down the middle. This male dragonfly was in the New Forest this morning. It is a dragonfly of heathland with shallow pools. They are on the wing from June to September.
A walk in one of our local nature reserves a pocket of land squeezed between 1980s housing developments.
In the UK we call these little bugs ladybirds I know in other parts of the world they’re known as Ladybugs.
Common Darter Dragonflies.
Green Dock Beetle.
Ruddy Darter dragonfly.
Sneaking up on a Common Darter (female) dragonfly.
A Moorland walk in the New Forest this morning.
Common cotton grass has fluffy, white seed heads that dot boggy moorlands and heaths its bright heads show up across the landscape which looks like something has been dropped until you get close enough to see it is a seedhead. Despite its name, common cotton grass is a member of the sedge family, rather than being a true grass.
In the winter we came across a small pond on the moor and decided to return in the summer as it
looked like a good site for Dragonflies, we returned today and it was.
Female Broad-bodied Chaser.
Male Broad-bodied Chaser.
Male Emperor Dragonfly.
Female Emperor Dragonfly. Egg-laying.
A Male Stonechat keeping its distance from the pond.
Foxgloves are now in full flower.
Fallow Deer are never far away on a New Forest walk.
At last dragonflies and damselflies are becoming a welcome sight on walks on heath and near water.