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    Dragonfly in our Garden

    Never seen a dragonfly in our garden before but this one visited us last year so I took some photos.


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    Lovely! I love seeing them in the summer especially the really brightly coloured ones...remind me of fairies
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    Lovely photo! In case you're interested this dragonfly is an immature male common darter. Females + immatures are this colour but when the male is mature it's a bright orange-red colour + one of the most numerous dragonflies of late summer + fly well into the autumn. Usually the last species on the wing. I've never seen one later than November but exceptionally the odd individual is reported in December- usually in the south-west.

    Do you have a pond? If you haven't + have room even for a tiny one it can be a a haven for amphibians + insects like dragonflies as well as a drinking/bathing magnet for birds + mammals.
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    Thanks for the great information Gomphus, We don't have a pond at the moment. We did have a pond about 5 years ago which we made into a nature pond but unfortunately we have lots of trees just around it and it just turned into a swampy leaf thing after a year or two and we spend most of our time trying to fish all the leaves out so we filled it in.
    We do have a wheelbarrow full of water for the birds though
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    Yeh, shady ponds tend to be good for mosquitoes + not much else!

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    I'm thinking of having a small pond.Do you have to use a pump though?I would use some aquatic plants,is that enough without a punp?Is it as simple as digging a hole and covering with pond liner?TIA

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    It depends on the space you are willing to give for a pond and what you want in it.I have not used a pump but have put pondweed in it for oxygenation,duckweed appeared on its own but does need fishing out a bit if it gets too rampant.Look up some nature ponds and find one that appeals to you.Nowadays we always put a thick polythene below the actual liner to stop stone punctures from beneath.Allowing a shallow ,walk/crawl out each end for things that fall/are in and want to leave.When leaves started falling we covered the pond 6 inches above water level with that green windbreak netting stuff which stopped most of it.It can be very simple.My son put a polythene sheet in a dippy in a wood when small,we are now on the 12th generation of happy frogs,but recently upgraded to bigger,cleaner more accessible.The frogs still go to the original too though.
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    I'm thinking of having a small pond.Do you have to use a pump though?I would use some aquatic plants,is that enough without a punp?Is it as simple as digging a hole and covering with pond liner?TIA
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    Wow...that photo is stunning! Lucky you to have spotted that. I was in a town centre one year, (no water for miles) and a mayfly landed on my arm... I was thrilled to bits!
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    We get lots of darters around the Fens. Occasionally a Norfolk Hawker a rare species in the UK. Easy way to tell difference between dragonflies and damselflies is the dragonfly holds its wings (open) down and out stretched during rest. The damselfly holds its wings (closed) up and together above its back at rest.

    The dragonfly nymph have the most freakiest jaw in the insect kingdom. I'm sure the film Alien or the Preditor film took the idea from them. Check them out
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    I know nature is wonderful and all, but if a dragonfly came near me I'd run for the hills!

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    Hello naturalspirit, I love Dragonflies too, but be aware that at the larvae stage they can give you a good bite! They will also attack anything that moves, and I always worry about my Newts, but in general my pond is healthy and everything exists well together.

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