Common darter dragonfly (sympetrum striolatum) by Steve Crompton

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Common darter dragonfly (sympetrum striolatum) by 

Common darter (sympetrum striolatum) perched on bulrush (typha latifolia).

photographed at Clanway quarry, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs., UK. 2003.

you can get a spreadsheet showing the flight periods of many UK damsels & dragons here


anisoptera, common darter, dragonflies, dragonfly, insects, invertebrates, macro, nature, odonata, wildlife, natural history, zoology, entomology, steve crompton


    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    fab shot

  • many thanks – this was early morning, before they’ve warmed up and are easier to approach.

    – Steve Crompton

  • theresurrection
    theresurrectionover 4 years ago

    Amazing detail!

  • thanks for that.

    – Steve Crompton

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterover 4 years ago

    Fabulous macro shot, so sharp.

  • many thanks – it’s much appreciated.

    – Steve Crompton

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Steve Crompton
    Steve Cromptonover 4 years ago

    thanks again, Ray.

  • jimmy hoffman
    jimmy hoffmanover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot,Steve!

  • many thanks Jim, makes me happy – especially after seeing your work!

    – Steve Crompton

  • Omenirea
    Omenireaover 4 years ago

    Whoah such quality! I can’t believe how clear this photo is and how well you can see the intricate patterns on it’s wings!
    That’s just remarkable! Great shot!

  • thank you very much!

    – Steve Crompton

  • ♥⊱ B. Randi Bailey
    ♥⊱ B. Randi Ba...over 4 years ago

    Yes-quite superb capture!

  • thanks very much, Randi – much appreciated.

    – Steve Crompton

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Rachelo
    Racheloover 3 years ago

    Wonderful macro shot. Great detail.

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