tarboat

tarboat

Posted on 06/09/2013


Photo taken on June  9, 2013



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Downy Emerald

Downy Emerald
As it was nice and warm this morning we went looking for dragonflies and damselflies around Newchurch Common. The main objective was to find the Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea), and there were plenty of them flying close to the Whitegate Way between Gull Pool and Shemmy Moss. One of the few that landed long enough for a photograph was this male example.

Chrissy S has particularly liked this photo


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Camerar
Camerar
Wonderful find and capture. This was the first year I have had any luck with these...they seem to favour tree tops when they finally stop! :-)
4 years ago.
tarboat has replied to Camerar
You need to find the sheltered areas with sunlight and shade where they like to bask and feed. They tend to land quite often, but for short periods, so you have to be quick with the camera. It was difficult to get to them in time today as it was so warm and the insects were so active.
4 years ago.
Paul Wheeler
Paul Wheeler
A real beauty!
4 years ago.
Chrissy S
Chrissy S
Beautiful capture and not one that I am familiar with ~ lovely
3 years ago.
tarboat has replied to Chrissy S
The Downy Emerald is extremely local in distribution although it can be found from the south of England to the Scottish Highlands. It is commonest in the south-east. In Cheshire it is known to breed at one site and I suspect that it is also breeding in small numbers at another.
3 years ago.