Common Darter Dragonfly

Our little common darter dragonfly nymphs have been looking ready to emerge for some time now, but it’s only when I started noticing exuviae plastered all over the emergent vegetation of the pond that I realised there’d been a mass emergence without me noticing. Today my daughter spotted a recently emerged darter dragonfly (Sympetrum striolatum), drying its wings and trying to hide from the voracious sparrows. I interfered with nature a bit by getting my daughter to guard it for a while and shoo away the many sparrows who visit the pond for a drink, bath and always a meal!

Newly emerged Common Darter Dragonfly


Sympetrum striolatum – teneral form of the common darter



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