a male Scarlet Dragonfly
a Broad-bodied Darter
a male Blue-tailed damselfly
Red-eyed damselflies caught in the act
a male Red-eyed damselfly
a male Black-tailed Skimmer
a female Common Darter
a male Common Darter
female Ruddy Darters are not ruddy but yellow
barely noticeable, but this Green-eyed Hawker does have green eyes
Dragonflies of the uiterwaarden
Dragonflies (Ordonata) have not changed significantly in the last 150 million years, a clear sign of a successful species.
independent control of the four wings, dragonflies are true acrobats in the air, they are very agile, fast and can even fly backwards.
Add to this an excellent eyesight and strong jaws and you have the ideal killing machine. Dragonflies eat insects and are
The larvae (nymphs) live in the water, so dragonflies mostly stay near water where they can lay their eggs. By
the way, the larvae are just as voracious as the parents, they eat small fish and even each other!
Males are usually a bit more colorful
than females and therefore more recognizable as a species.
In the water-rich Empelse Waard and Hedelse Bovenwaard you will find dragonflies
everywhere, like Darters, Black-tailed skimmers, Migrant Hawkers, Scarlet Dragonfly and Broad-bodied Darter.
White-legged damselflies are
common here, as are Red-eyed damselflies and Blue-tailed Damselflies.
The photos are from 2022 onwards.
male White-legged damselflies have blue eyes
a female White-legged damselfly
a male Migrant Hawker
a male Vagrant Darter
a female Black-tailed Skimmer
a male Ruddy Darter