I happened to notice this dragonfly in the long grass next to the footpath by a bridge over a stream at Lackford Lakes. Bending down, and gently parting the grass to one side, I was able to obtain a series of images. The grassy environment to the photograph creates a slightly surreal colour effect. Although there is no obvious shimmering on the wings, I suspect this was freshly emerged ('teneral'). It's difficult to distinguish female dragonflies from the immature males, but I believe this is a female.
Black-tailed Skimmer (f) (Orthetrum cancellatum)
by Bob Chappell March. 21, 2021 215 views
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