Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)

The Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) is a European species of dragonfly of the family Libellulidae. It is to be found in temperate regions throughout Europe as far west as Siberia and as far south as the northern Sahara. Its conservation status is regarded as secure, and indeed numbers seem to be increasing in some locations […]

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Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)

The Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) is one of the commonest Irish dragonflies. The flight period extends from mid May to the end of August. It is particularly common on sheltered lowland lakes and ponds. It can also be found on acid bogs breeding in very small pools and on sheltered upland lakes. Adults are aggressive […]

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Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)

The Emperor Dragonfly, Anax imperator, is a large and powerful species of hawker dragonfly of the family Aeshnidae, averaging 78 millimetres in length. It is found mainly in Europe and nearby Africa and Asia. As it wanders widely it can also be encountered elsewhere. Males have a sky blue abdomen marked with a diagnostic black […]

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Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)

The Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) is a dragonfly of the family Libellulidae native to Eurasia. It is one of the most common dragonflies in Europe, occurring in a wide variety of water bodies, though with a preference for breeding in still water such as ponds and lakes. In the south of its range adults are […]

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Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)

The Common Blue Damselfly or Northern Bluet (Enallagma cyathigerum) is a European damselfly. This small, brightly coloured damselfly is probably the most common of dragonflies and damselflies throughout Europe except for Iceland. It inhabits a wide range of habitats, from small ponds to rivers. They are especially common at lakes and reservoirs.  

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