Ruddy Darter(Sympetrum Sanguineum)

A gem of a dragonfly which is much sought after….And one of britains smallest

I’d like to say that if you visit brandon marsh to go to specific areas if you want to see Ruddy Darters,but I cant because these can pop up virtually anywhere.So if I get one its a bonus.

The Ruddy Darter is often mistaken for the Common Darter,but the signs to look for are the all black legs and belled body shape

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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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