Ruddy Darter: There are several similar-looking Darter dragonflies, which all rest on vegetation, scanning for prey and rivals, which it zips off at speed to catch or chase away. This is the gorgeous but less common Ruddy Darter, local in South East England, though extending its range more recently. You can distinguish the Ruddy Darter from the Common Darter by its all-black legs and wings, and the ‘waist’ broadening to a club-shaped abdomen. The female Ruddy is smaller and golden-yellow, though I haven’t spotted one yet. They like ponds with dense vegetation, like the one nearby. Conditions: The 40 mph gusts and absolutely torrential rain has returned down in
the SE, with hail due and no respite till early evening. Thank goodness the harvest is in down here. Temperature: Max 18- Min 14c.