Thank you all so very much for your most caring messages regarding my BIG 50, I had a wonderful relaxing day doing what I like doing the most being out with my camera capturing flora and forma. This image of a Female Common Dater is just one image which I captured yesterday, I hope to upload the rest over the next week or so.
A summer and autumn species, this dragonfly can be found well into November and may be one of the last on the wing in the UK. The thorax in both sexes is brown above with poorly defined antehumeral stripes and yellow panels on the sides. The eyes are brown above and yellow below. The legs are black with a diagnostic yellow stripe along their length.
The males become a bright orange-red with maturity with small black spots on S8 and S9.
Females have a pale, yellowish-brown abdomen often developing red markings along the segment boundaries and medial line as they age.
Ponds and other still, stagnant or even brackish waters are used and they are frequently found at small garden ponds. They are frequently found away from water, resting on the tops of plants in woodland rides.