May 23, 2012 will

Dragon Fly

I spent a lot of the last summer trying to get a shot of a dragon fly, but could never find them at rest. So I was hardly expecting to come across one just chilling in Portmeadow, Oxford. It was a very cooperative subject, I don't even resent having to crawl over mud and cow shit to get these photos…

The beastie below is a Libellula depressa, or a broad-bodied chaser dragonfly to you and me.

Dragon fly

Broad-bodied chaser dragonfly - Libellula depressa

Surprised how docile it was. Didn't know I could just pick one up.

Dragon fly 2

Broad-bodied chaser dragonfly - Libellula depressa

I like this shot. The blue in the wing is a reflection of the sky.

Dragon fly

Broad-bodied chaser dragonfly - Libellula depressa

More pictures on my Flickr page.

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Ray 4 years ago
Nice shot! Here in Henan,China we have thinner dragon flies. This species is a little broad. :)
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Will McGugan 4 years ago
Got some of the thinner variety too…