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Dragonfly?

By jelsmack
This was taken last July beside Loch Vaich, Rosshire, it was quite chilly, so he settled for a bit, could anyone tell me an exact I.D.? Thanks

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: ReidFJR, bebrox, Scott_Scot


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keimoi 13 1
19 Feb 2006 7:22AM
Would be interested to know where and when this was taken. Dragonflies should have all died off by now.(Feb)... An excellent picture but colours have probably faded because of the time of year.

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keimoi 13 1
19 Feb 2006 7:46AM
This Dragonfly would seem to be one of the following. Somatochlora arctica, The Northern Emerald, but both sexes are green,so would appear highly unlikely, or Aeshna caerulea, the Blue Aeshna or The Azure Hawker, the female of which is mainly dark with pale blue spots,thicker at the top of it's Thorax then the male which other-wise is of similar colours but neither is clear cut black and white. It appears that there are 10 blue-marked spots on the female, 12 on the male.My book has no profile shots in it and I've never seen either of these two Odonata but I would surmise your photo is of a female caerulea. Hope this helps. It's flight period is the beginning of June to mid August. Keith.
keimoi 13 1
20 Feb 2006 1:37AM
Hi again. The reason I came to that conclusion about your Dragonfly picture is that nearly all the Aeshnas are "resident" in England but the two I mentioned are seen, if rarely,only in Scotland.
Scott_Scot 14 4 4 Scotland
14 May 2006 11:58AM
Great wing detail!!

Scott

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