Common Darter

Sunday morning and I look out of the kitchen as I get breakfast organised.

There on the patio is my annual visitor.  She only visits once a year, popping by just to say "Summer is here" and is then gone again.

The Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) lives up to its name - extremely common and darting everywhere.

They perch on twigs and branches or in this case my sun dried (cooked) lavender waiting for prey to pass.  This was early morning and she was still warming up so not quite as "darty" as she could be.

The common darter is part of the dragonfly and damselfly family but is quite happy living a fair distance from water.  We have a brook at the end of the garden so I suspect she is happy to travel the short distance to bask and hunt.

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