Common Darter (Sympetrum Striolatum)

Britains commonest Dragonfly,and one of the smallest.

The male is orange-red and the female buff brown darkening with age,it hunts by landing on a favourite twig or other convenient place and simply darting up at its intended prey

This is a fantastic little Dragonfly,if you manage to approach one while hunting it’ll often use you as a perch to hunt from,during these times its often possible to get your camera within a few inches of its face.it really is that bold

These can be found all over Brandon Marsh but are most plentiful in areas surrounding the Tip area

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