This is a brilliant thread,please keep the photo`s & ID pointers coming as a newcomer like me is finding some Odonata`s bewildering!!!!
puffinboy said:Further to previous posts - here is a direct comparison of a Migrant Hawker (left) and a Southern Hawker (right)
Migrants are a little smaller and appear gray/blue at a distance and note the almost non-existant antehumeral stripes - also often seen in large numbers
Southerns are more robust and are more green/blue at a distance with the green broad antehumeral stripes very visible
Took the Migrant Hawker photo today after having several frustrating previous outings waiting for them to land
On this occasion not only did one land right in front of me but then another joined it...!!
Cheers Tom, East Sussex, UK
psilo said:As Adey was kind enough to give me a positive id I thought that I would add my black darter (Sympetrum danae) photos here. These are quite a bit smaller than the common darter and when they fly they have the most beautiful blue wings. Being very dark though I found them very difficult to photograph. The literature says that they are common and widespread on lowlands and heaths and that it is rare on uplands. However these were found on a pond up on the moors which are quite high indeed.