Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Scarce Chaser Dragonfly

At first I thought it was the Black-tailed Skimmer as I couldn't see any yellow edging on the side of the body that I would expect to see with a Broad-bodied Chaser and I didn't think it was quite fat enough. 
I have seen some images of a Black-tailed Skimmer that didn't have very much black on the tail end also, so confused as ever. However I have been advised by Simon (see Comments section) that it is indeed a Broad-bodied Chaser.
Since then my learned friend John from Hedgeland Tails  http://hedgelandtales.blogspot.co.uk
(see comments section) has I believe, correctly identified the species as a Scarce Chaser (Libellula fulva)
Thanks John.


Sony Alpha 6000. E55-210mm lens. 1/400 at f8. 210mm. ISO250





28 comments:

  1. Those are beautiful pictures, but alas I think that is a male broad bodied chaser! Which are indeed a common riverside species. Black tailed skimmers have a yellow abdomen with black markings

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  2. lovely Roy; nature in close-ups. Carole at snaphappyonline.blogspot.com

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  3. Hijk staat er geweldig mooi op hij kijkt je gewoon aan.

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  4. Hey Roy... No matter the name I am always fascinated by there intricately patterned wings and there big eyes!!

    Nice shot's

    Grace

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    1. Thanks GG, yes they are amazing creatures.

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  5. Just catching up on your posts Roy, The Silver-washed fritillarys photos are lovely, had never heard of this butterfly so had a look on the distribution map, it would be very rare for me to see one all this way up in Yorkshire :(
    Love a good sheep, fancy getting the book "Know your sheep" I would have one as a pet !
    We do get chasers on the pond at the park, only seen one so far this year...your photos are stunning, they don't still for long..
    Amanda xx

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    1. Thanks Amanda, yes the SW Fritillary are a bit particular about their habitat.{:))
      The sheep would keep your garden nice and tidy.{:))

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  6. Hi Roy,
    Great images, but I have to disagree with Simon, I'm afraid, as I think the dragonfly is a Scarce Chaser. A male Broad-bodied Chaser is a lot 'fatter', for want of a better word and also has yellow markings to the side of its abdomen. The dark wing base of your dragon separates it from a Black-tailed Skimmer. The BBC also tends to avoid riverine habitats, prefering lakes and ponds. Pretty sure your photo's show a Scarce Chaser, great dragon and a great spot!
    J
    Follow me at HEDGELAND TALES

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    1. Thanks John, I can see that you are absolutely right about the ID. {:))

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  7. Bonsoir Roy, quelle belle série, bravo. Ces yeux sont superbes !!!!
    Désolée ne pas pas passer plus souvent, je suis très occupée.
    Bises

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    1. Merci Nathalie, c'est une période très occupée pour les observateurs de la nature.

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  8. Fabulous pictures Roy and my thanks to John for identifying it.

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  9. It just goes to show, we don't do this because it is easy! It's always good to get a little help from our freinds.

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    1. Certainly is Steve and I need a lot sometimes.{:))

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  10. Hello Roy!
    Great pics of an male SS who served obviously quite a number of ladies!
    Funny we've got the same species on ours blogs!
    Is is "scarce" in England?!!
    Congrats for this catch!
    Keep well!

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    1. Hi Noushka, thanks.
      Yes its listed as "Scarce' in the British Red Data Book.

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    1. Yes I know you did Nouhska.
      The 'S' is close to the 'C' on the keyboard.
      My keyboard has a mind of its own sometimes.{:))

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  12. …beautiful detail, Roy! You must have stalked him carefully to get so close!

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    1. Thanks Kelly, I was exceptionally lucky with this one. I was walking slowly along a river bank and just happen to see it on a dead plant.

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  13. Absolutely beautiful pictures, I love them! Dragonflies are one of my favourite insects, and they always photograph so nicely. - Tasha xxx

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  14. Wonderful close ups of the Dragonfiles.

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