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I received news from David Carrington today of Ruddy Darters and at least 1 Red-veined Darter on the wing at Kenfig NNR during the last week. Lets deal with the photo first. Dave sent in this photo of a Ruddy Darter copula, taken today at SS79498076. The male appears to be a typical bright individual. However, the female appears to show many features one might expect to see on a female Common Darter. The most obvious feature suggesting Common is the pale stripe behind the legs. The female looks fairly big compared to the male Ruddy and the general colouration looks a little dull. The markings and shape to the abdomen is difficult to see in the photo as is the extent of the black markings around the frons. I'm not at all familiar with Ruddy Darter as a species, but there is not much shown in the photo that convinces me the female is a Ruddy Darter. I'd be very interested to hear any comments on ID of female Ruddy Darters or whether mixed pairs have been found at other locations, perhaps where Ruddy Darters and Common Darters occur more commonly.
Tony Messinger reported Ruddy Darters at the North Pool lagoons (SS799819) last week.
Red-veined Darter has been reported present from the east shore of Kenfig Pool.
Decent numbers of Scarce Blue-tailed Damselflies noted today, at several locations over the site. Further species included Golden-ringed Dragonfly, Emperor, Black-tailed Skimmer and Broad-bodied Chaser. Common Darters are starting to appear in numbers now.
Alot of Damselflies about today mainly Blue-tailed and Common Blues with some still emerging. There was a Male Emperor Dragonfly patroling one of the lakes and Two Broad-bodied Chasers keeping to the margins.
Did not get a chance to go elsewhere as the rain came in.
Plenty of odonata activity at Parc Slip at the moment, including azure damsel, common blue and variable, large red, blue tailed and scarce blue tailed damselfly. Broad bodied chaser, four spotted chaser, golden ringed and black tailed skimmer noted among the dragonflies. Mike Clark reported a red veined darter male on the new scrapes yesterday too.
I photographed this damselfly while out walking today (apologies for the poor photo- taken on my phone). Is it a blue phase female azure damselfly? Thank you.
A male Emperor Dragonfly was seen patrolling along the canal. Also Four-spotted Chaser (3), Hairy Dragonfly (7) and a large presence of Azure Damselfly (100+). Mixed in with the Azures were Variable Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly and Large Red Damselfly, but all were in lesser numbers compared to Azure Damselfly.