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A female Ruddy Darter, N Norfolk?

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Old Sunday 14th July 2019, 11:28   #1
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A female Ruddy Darter, N Norfolk?

Yesterday, I went to Warham Fort and I saw this dragonfly - https://drive.google.com/file/d/10B_...ew?usp=sharing. Could it be a female Ruddy Darter? My dragonfly knowledge is not currently the best, so a confirmation would be most appreciated.

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Old Sunday 14th July 2019, 11:36   #2
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Yesterday, I went to Warham Fort and I saw this dragonfly - https://drive.google.com/file/d/10B_...ew?usp=sharing. Could it be a female Ruddy Darter? My dragonfly knowledge is not currently the best, so a confirmation would be most appreciated.

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Louis
Hi Louis,

Not with yellow stripes on the legs: your photo is a Common Darter.

I notice you have a wide variety of wildlife interests. Your Christmas list should include good field guides for the major ones: its much more interesting and a better learning experience to do your best with a field guide and then ask if you are still not sure (and sometimes even if you are!)

For Odonata I like the Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe - Dijkstra - illustrated by Richard Lewington. Super book that will accommodate extension to European holidays!

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Old Sunday 14th July 2019, 13:49   #3
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Thanks for the ID, advice and recommendation. My variety of wildlife interests is a recent thing hence the lack of field guides at the moment. Before, I was just into birds and if I saw a nice butterfly I might have taken a picture and never ID'ed it. Being interested in a wide variety of wildlife is much more rewarding though, especially at times like now when there is plenty of butterflies, orchids, dragonflies etc. but not loads of 'good' birds.

The book you recommended looks very good. The other option I have considered is https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0691181411 as the bird book of this series is very good. The butterfly book in the WildGuides series also looks good - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0691166439. I'm not sure which orchid book is good though, or if it is worth getting one.

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Old Sunday 14th July 2019, 14:50   #4
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The Wildguides dragonfly book is excellent. I think that I would buy that at the moment as the Dijkstra book is supposed to have a 2nd edition coming out soon (although it's been soon for at least a year!)
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Old Sunday 14th July 2019, 15:54   #5
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Thanks for the advice. I will probably wait until my birthday (October) to get more field guides so the 2nd edition of the Dijkstra book could be out by then.
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