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dragonflies were already here about 250 millions of years ago. With a wingspan of 75 cm they belonged from time immemorial to the biggest living insects. The constitution of their body and their elaborate aeronautics didn´t change much with our today´s little dragonflies.
Most time of their lifes dragonflies stay in their larval stage under water. This can take up to several years. One exception is the common winter damsel (Sympecma fusca) whose life time as imago (flying insect) lasts remarkable longer then its life in larval stage under water..
At this point only some photos from the dragonflies. Unfortunately these beautiful flying insects don´t have much of a chance in my ponds, because hundreds of hunting elated frogs are wating here for the dragonfliy females , when they utterly fearless try to lay their eggs here. Mostly they have to pay for their reproductive drive with their lifes. It´a pity, but this is the nature.
I hope very much, that I could assign all species. If not, please forgive me, and I would appreciate very much if the dragon fly experts would be so kind to give me a feedback. Thank you in advance!
If not marked different, all photos are made in my biotop
A female Ischnura elegans ...
… at oviposition
And here the male …
… of the Ischnura elegans:
A Vagrant Darter (Sympetrum vulgatum):
Here again in a close-up image:
Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum):
Mating scene at the edge of the pond of a pair of Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum):
The Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo). This photo was made in southern Germany:
The Scarlet Dragonfly (Crocothemis erythraea):
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