Dragonflies darting around Moor Green Lakes

Common Darters are widespread across the UK and can fly throughout the Summer, and even into December if it’s mild enough. They are easily missed due to their small size, but a real treat if you can get up close, like this one I spotted on a gate at Moor Green Lakes in Finchampstead.

The females have a dusky yellow abdomen whilst the males are orange-red.  The colours have faded on this older male, although it still retains the two yellow patches separated by a reddish-brown blotch on the side of it’s thorax. If you’ve got a patience and a eye for detail, you can even confirm the species of darter from the eye colours! – Here green with black spots and brown on top.

Male Common Darter

Male Common Darter

Ranger Stuart


About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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