No, I haven’t just seen a Common Darter.
I have been at it again. Identifying animals on other peoples blogs and so…
This is how I know that it is a Common Darter.
Here is a beautiful Common Darter.
A fairly small to medium sized Dragonfly they are easy to confuse with Ruddy Darters.
This next picture is a Ruddy Darter. Notice that it has black legs.
The Common Darter has a pale yellow stripe on the outside of it’s black legs. Like this 🙂
Colour isn’t a very good indicator of species. The Ruddy Darter is, as you would expect, quite red but a male Common Darter is also red and this next Common Darter is ruddier than the Ruddy Darter above but it does have a yellow stripe on the outside of it’s leg and I know what it is.
The Common Darter is an ambush predator. Unlike the Hawkers that patrol the skies Darters find a nice perch and wait for something to fly past.
They are quite an easy animal to approach for a photograph. (as animals go) They look a bit brownish and dull as they cruise around you but if you can get up close they are absolutely beautiful.