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Ruddy Darter (mature male)
Comments(2) # Ruddy Darter (mature male) london e17

I mentioned when I posted the photo of the freshly emerged Ruddy Dragonfly over amonth ago that, when mature, the males turn red. So here's a mature male. There are, I'm glad to say loads of them around here and what's more they are still emerging which is characteristic of the species. Unlike the Broad Bodied Chasers which we saw earlier in the season which have a so-called synchronous emergence taking place over a few weeks at most (from any particular water source), the Ruddy Darters emerge from the water from late June right through to September. I've seen them on the wing into early October when apparently lack of food is the killer rather than the cold nights. I've also seen a lot in spider's webs come the autumn, presumably as the search for food gets harder they fly lower amongst vegetation taking more risks. Canon EOS 5D
150 mm
400 ISO
1/200 sec
f 16
Flash: Fired