Male Common Darter, Craigellachie NNR


Dragonflies, Craigellachie, Aviemore

With all the snow on the hills, and autumn in full swing, I thought I’d celebrate these amazing dragonflies from the late summer.  First, above,  a male Common Darter, which despite its name is relatively uncommon in the Cairngorms National Park area.
Male common hawker, craigellachie NNR
A male Common Hawker – these are big boys, up to 85mm long, and very fast and active.  I was very lucky this one stopped for a moment on a birch trunk, as they were incredibly active in the early autumn sun.  These are the last in the dragonfly ‘season’, lasting into late September or even early October.
female common darter
A female Common Darter decided to inspect my camera bag.

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