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A few days ago the first dragonfly emerged from the wildlife pond I built last October - I cant work out if this is a southern hawker or an emperor dragonfly? 

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  • ShepsSheps West YorkshirePosts: 1,315

    You need to post a bigger picture, evs32...positive ID from the posted shot will be difficult.

    Sheps...image

  • evs32evs32 Posts: 2

    Thanks Sheps, i was having trouble trying to reduce the file size, i'm hoping this will work now:

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 35,502

    I think its a Common Hawker dragonfly.

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  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,619

    Might be a female Common Hawker.

    This one flew into our house today, probably chasing one of the million flies that appear any time we open a window. I think it is a Golden-Ringed dragonfly - can anyone confirm?

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 35,502

    Yes, it is definitely a Golden-Ringed Dragonfly - what a great picture!

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  • BLTBLT Posts: 525

    We get thise with beautiful iridescent blue bodies... Not seen any this year, we have a carp lake up the road...

  • steephill, it'a a Golden-Ringed Dragonfly for sure.

  • OnopordumOnopordum Posts: 390

    evs32's dragonfly above is a Southern Hawker, not a Common Hawker.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,086

    What a stunning pic steephill  image

    I remember being in Glen Etive many years ago, and while crossing a boggy bit of the lower slopes of the hill I was doing, a huge cloud of them flew up. It was a beautiful experience  image

    Sadly, no photos  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,470

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    Any ideas as to identification.?

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