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Lesser Emporer Dragonfly - Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Lesser Emperor of Matera

We’re in Matera in the south of Italy. It’s one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities on Earth, with palaeolithic caves on …

Common Darter - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Dragonfly on a post

I see a dragonfly on a post at RSPB Old Moor: And then I see another dragonfly on a post at RSPB …

Common Darter - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

An Uncommon Darter

Looking down from the top of the valley we can see the medieval hill town of Santo Stefano di Sessanio below. It’s …

Four-Spotted Chaser - The Hall fo Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Four-Spotted Chaser

I always found dragonflies difficult to identify. However, a quick check on Wikipedia for the Four-Spotted Chaser Dragonfly tells me that “The …

Four-Spotted Chaser - The Hall fo Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Four-Spotted Chasers

There’s something deeply alien about Dragonflies. These Four-Spotted Chasers have huge compound eyes just like a space helmet. And the translucent exoskeleton …

Male Broad Bodied Chaser - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Chasing Broad-Bodied Chasers

There really is no point in chasing Broad-Bodied Chasers. That’s not because they are one of the commonest Dragonflies across Europe and …

Hairy Dragonfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Hairy Dragonfly

I was wondering what this hairy dragonfly was called: Then I found out it was called the Hairy Dragonfly. Some people are …

Four Spotted Chaser - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Chasing a Four-Spotted Chaser

I’m chasing a Four-Spotted Chaser dragonfly. They’re very active this morning in the Somerset marshes. It takes an age for me to …