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Dragonflys and associates ID please?

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Old Thursday 27th June 2019, 16:39   #1
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Dragonflys and associates ID please?

I know virtually nothing about these groups other than the ones that I've seen before which are almost certainly of regular occurrence.

With the first image it was extremely difficult to capture the actual colour (due to the strong direct lighting in a shaded position) which to my eye was a striking Hornet yellow!...certainly never seen one like this before?

2nd Image once again not seen this before?

No image for the 3rd offender however I'll try and explain, smaller more attenuated and slimmer than say Broad-bellied Chaser, however it had when seen in the correct light an amazing ''metallic emerald'' face, couldn't say whether that colour extended to the head (too bloody fast), the body then narrowed to a position, whereby the final segment became a ''slimmer bore'' again light dependent, looked almost red and then again would look a very warm brown?

I trust an expert will crack'em!

Apologies N.E.London.

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Both Broad-bodied Chasers.
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The one on the right on my phone screen - blue - is a male Black-tailed Skimmer.
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I agree with pdwinter. The left-hand photo has the dark areas with pale veins at the wing bases typical of Libellula while the right-hand photo lacks these but has nice golden leading-edge to the wing and black pterostigmas of Orthetrum.

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To add a few details, the broad-bodied chaser is a female and is laying eggs, which this species does in flight. They do give the first impression of a gigantic hornet, given the colours - that's a fairly typical description. The black-tailed skimmer isn't quite into mature colouring yet, so looks slightly different to what you'll see in the books. Plus the angle of the photo makes him look shorter than he it.
I can't give you a firm ID for the third one, but your description isn't incompatible with Common Darter, which is the most common reddish one.
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