Downy Emerald

Downy Emeralds are the most widespread of the ’emerald dragonflies’, but they are far from common. I photographed this individual in the Lake District (Cumbria).

Getting flight shots with my primitive camera set up was challenging to say the least! However I was determined, and managed these two reasonable shots. I would have liked to get some images of the insect perched up, but I only ever saw them in flight! I have been lucky to see Northern Emerald in Scotland, but still have yet to see Brilliant Emerald (the latter being the the only species of British odonata I haven’t seen).

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