It may be a bit early I suppose but with only a few weeks to go until Christmas and with the dark mornings and evenings here and all the rain we are having at the moment, I thought I would in the next few weeks put up a few of my favourite photos of the dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies that I have seen throughout the year. This year has seen me spending more time than ever trying to capture these fascinating insects on camera and I must admit it has become very addictive. To the outsider it may look a bit weird when someone walks by and I am laying in the grass snapping away but I have learnt a lot about the different species that are on offer throughout the months. I suppose pride of place as far as rarities go would go to the Norfolk Hawker I found at Chislet, only the 3rd ever record for Kent. Found by pure accident whilst photographing Barn Owls but just goes to show you never know what out there to be found.
Male Banded Demoiselle
Female Banded Demoiselle
Broad bodied Chaser
I had seen a few photos of Common Blue damselflies hiding behind stems with their eyes looking around them giving a very weird view so with this in mind I was always on the look out for a view like this myself. It took ages and many sessions until one day I found just what I was looking for. I spent some time photographing this excellent view with a few pleasing results.
Common Blue Damselfly