Thursday 28 August 2014

Common Darters

There were at least two male Common Darters, Sympetrum striolatum, around the wildlife garden pond today. If you move slowly, they are great posers and allow very close approximation. Their faces are locked into a perpetual smiling grimace, adding to their charm. If you watch them from a close distance,  you'll notice that they are constantly flicking their heads around, looking for insects flying overhead. If a suitable one is detected, they dart off, returning to their perch to eat their prey.

The ever smiling darter
A short clip of the darter watching for prey.


Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

What extraordinary creatures! What wings! What colours!

Africa Gomez said...

Indeed Lucy, they are really gorgeous!

False Widow said...

Great Post.

Africa Gomez said...

Thank you False Widow!