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Old Tuesday 26th August 2003, 01:08   #1
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A new damsel for me

By the name of Rambur's Forktail or as the young lad who was shadowing me yesterday calls it.... Rambo's forklift :)
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Old Tuesday 26th August 2003, 04:31   #2
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Nice one KC.
I just got "Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies", Stokes series. Looking forward to discovering some new species in my favorite haunt.
Read on the NJ Rare Bird Alert, large numbers of Dragons migrating along coast. An interesting groupe of insects these damsels and dragons.
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Old Tuesday 26th August 2003, 11:13   #3
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I agree Bob, I have been sleepily aware of them all my life but only recently really taken a keen interest in them. Who knew there were so many distinctly beautiful Odos out there.
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Old Tuesday 26th August 2003, 15:20   #4
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Nice shot KC. I've never seen one with their wings closed in like that. I'm working on learning more about these critters too.
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The green on the front bit is wonderful. I too have just taken an interest in Dragonflies et al.
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I have become hooked on these beauties, the more i read the more i fall for them, it is just like discovering our feathered friends for the first time, and today i joined the Dragonfly Society, a very worthy organisation and for just a tenner a year and the knowledge i shall gain, well worth it.....i spent 2 days over the weekend just watching and photographing, they have just a short lifespan on the wing, but the colours they bring to our natural world, we would be poorer with out them. Lovely photo KC.
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Thanks all. Isn't it amazing how we take for granted what is before us? I agree Kingfisher, they really are quite fascinating and worth getting down and dirty for. I have ordered a new pair of pvc boots so hopefully it will be a bit easier getting around in the creeks.
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Old Wednesday 27th August 2003, 06:47   #8
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Nice one KC. This looks a whole lot like our own "Western Forktail" as it's called, except yours has much more extensive green on the thorax, whereas ours is blue there. Great to see this cousin for the first time. -Steve
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Tammie, if you're keen to learn more about dragonflies and damselflies, here's one quick tip from what you noticed - a good way to tell a dragonfly from a damselfly (which this is) is that damselflies usually hold their wings closed over the abdomen like this one, whereas dragonflies tend to perch with their wings spread right open. This is not always the case (there are a group of damslels - lestes - that habitually hold their wings at 45 degrees) but is a pretty good rule of thumb.

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