Dragonflies commonly spotted in the garden

Our garden has very little water and there are no adjacent ponds but will see plenty of dragonflies in summer

Many dragonflies will hunt away from water and if you're alert you can see them patrolling along a hedge or making sorties from a plant perch.

Here are some of the species we've seen here. I'll add more as and when

Hawkers are those Dragonflies that hunt over beds and along hedges, sweeping back and forth in search of insect prey to catch.

The Southern Hawker is the most common in our garden and is medium size. This is the male

The female is more subdued in colour.

This one got rather confused a was laying eggs into a bucket of weeds, old compost and moss. She became quite aggressive when I got too close

Darters find a perch and make short darting flights to catch prey. The are shorter and stockier than the darters

This is a female common darter

Broad Bodied Chaser

This is a Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) on Persicaria amplexicaulis Atrosanguinea. The chaser or darter dragonflies are more often seen at rest and make short sallies to catch prey.

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