Friday, 26 June 2009

Balsa de Regidor and Rio Cacín, Granada Province.

The Dragonflies.

Along the Rio Cacín Several Red-veined Darters (Sympetrum fonscolombii) and a single Copper Demoiselle (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalia) were seen in the reed beds.
Later in the day we stopped at Balsa de Regidor near Moraleda de Zafayona, a naturalised water deposito for the local farmlands. Here Dragonflies filled the air with many more Red-veined Darters (Trithemis arteriosa), Violet Dropwings (Trithemis annulata), Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum), Broad Scarlet (Crocothemis erythraea), Small Red-eyed (Erythromma viridulum) and Common Blue Damselflies (Enallagma cyathigerum) and a single male Long Skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria). The Long Skimmer is a rare dragonfly which is common in Africa but has a patchy and little know distribution in Southern Spain.
Photographs from the top: Male Red-veined Darters (Trithemis arteriosa), Small Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma viridulum) and Male Long Skimmer (Orthetrum trinacria).

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