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Dragonfly

Observed: 23rd May 2009 By: jocelyn mjocelyn m’s reputation in Invertebratesjocelyn m’s reputation in Invertebratesjocelyn m’s reputation in Invertebrates
Dragonfly
Description:

A large greenish dragonfly with a metallic sheen

Identifications
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Comments

Norwichnaturalist's picture

Hairy Dragonfly

Looks like a Hairy dragonfly.

Colin Jacobs.
Wild Flower Society member
Norwich
Norfolk
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http://www.thewildflowersociety.com/

anonymous spotter's picture

Hairy Dragonfly

Never seen either in the wild, but this looks exactly like the illustration of a female hairy dragonfly in Hammond.

jocelyn m's picture

Hairy/Downy Emerald dragonfly

And I thought I'd identified it as an immature male Downy! But it's 2 against 1...

RoyW's picture

Correct identification is not a democracy!

If it's votes that you want I'll make it 2 all!
I don't think that it matters how many votes you get against Downy Emerald though - this is one, but it's a female not an immature male.
Hairy Dragonfly always has spots visible on the abdomen, rather than the plain green colour (with a touch of bronze) than can be seen on this individual. There are plenty of other identifying characteristics as well, including the pattern of veins in the wing which can clearly be seen in a photograph of this quality. (It would actually be possible to identify this dragonfly to family level (Corduliidae) if only the wings were visible).
The thorax is a different shape on males, narrowing just behind the wings before swelling again to give a club-shaped end.

anonymous spotter's picture

Dragonfly

"Nature will tell you a direct lie if she can" - Charles Darwin.