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The pale stripes on the legs and the presence of antehumeral stripes help identify this dragonfly. It is a female as the anal appendages are set wide apart.
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How come there is such a broad range of colours of this species? Another one I recently uploaded was also a female common darter but that one was yellow. Is it typical of this species to have such a broad range of colours, or of most/all dragonflies and/or damselflies?
They are bright and yellow to start with but they fade and become over mature and can get quite dull in colour.
Thank you, I shall remember that!
Look at the legs first on darters, if they have pale stripes along their length then a good starting point is with the Common Darter but they are not diagnostic, you have to rule out rarer species which usually have coloured veins in the wings be they red or yellow.
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