Category Archives: Dragonflies (Odonata)

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Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)

This is another example of a Sympetrum fonscolombii. Details about this species can be found in a previous post.

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Long Skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria)

The Long Skimmer was recently recorded in the Maltese Islands in 2003 and was recorded breeding on the island of Gozo in 2004. It is originally an african species which seems to be expanding its […]

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Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)

The Red-veined darter is a common species found in southern Europe and from 1990 onwards has been found in northwest Europe including Britain and Ireland. It can also be found in Africa, the middle east […]

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Damselfly (Ischnura genei)

The only species found in the Maltese islands, the Ischnura genei is still frequent and breeds. On males, the abdomen is black with a blue tail while females are generally rusty in colour.  

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Dragonfly Moult

Most of the dragonfly’ life is spent in the nymph form underwater.  They breathe through gills in their rectum. When the larva is ready for metamorphosis, it climbs up plants.  The skin splits at a […]

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Emperor Dragonfly Laying Eggs

I am not sure if this is the emperor dragonfly (please let me know if it isn’t).  I saw this female dragonfly lay eggs around the floating leaves and sticks that where floating on the […]

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Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii)

Photographed this dragonfly after approximately 30minutes of licking the gravel with my whole body.  Finally managed to get a decent shot. Hope you like this one. For more information about this species go here.

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Violet Dropwing (Trithemis annulata)

The Violet Dropwing, Trithemis annulata, is a species of dragonfly in family Libellulidae. It is found in Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Israel, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, […]

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