Common darter dragonfly emergence

Emerging Common Darter dragonfly amongst grasses at the edge of the pond

Emerging Common Darter dragonfly amongst grasses at the edge of the pond

The latest event on the pond is that Common Darter Dragonflies have been emerging.

The picture shows one of the two that got away successfully as it was expanding and drying-off it wings.

People often say that you need emergent plants for dragonflies to emerge on.

The picture shows that this isn’t always true, especially for those species that come to new ponds, like the Common Darter, and can happily emerge on quite low growing grasses.


3 Responses to “Common darter dragonfly emergence”

  1. paul johnston Says:

    Hi, Great to see your pond has had a dragonfly emerge. I have just created my own garden wildlife pond which is 6m2 surface area of water. I was wondering what size pond yours is, as I have read elswehere that dragonflies require a minimum area of 4m2.

    Many thnaks

    Best regards

  2. Jeremy Biggs Says:

    Hi Paul

    My pond is a rough oval, maximum sizes 3.5 x 2.5 m so surface area about 5m2.

    I too have seen this 4m2 figure – it comes from what should be a reputable source.

    In fact I don’t think there’s any reason to believe it.

    In a survey we ran a couple of years ago, we asked people whether they had dragonflies or damselflies and what size their pond was.

    More than a quarter of the ponds with dragonflies or damselflies were LESS than 4 m2.

    Its another example of the fact that there are almost no reliable facts about garden ponds!

    Just out of interest my pond has the larvae of 4 species of dragonflies and damselflies at present:

    – Broad-bodied chaser
    – Large Red Damselfly
    – Common Darter
    – Southern of Brown Hawker (they’re too small to tell at present)

    There are lots of very young Large Red Damselflies that have just hatched, and still some Broad-bodied Chasers to emerge this year. I was very exited when Countryfile came because that was when we saw the tiny hawker larvae, in fact the first in the pond.


    PS You might like to do the Big Pond Dip, if you haven’t already done so, to help us find outmore about what’s actually living in garden ponds.

  3. paul johnston Says:

    Thanks Jeremy,

    We certainly will do the Big Pond Dip. We’ve always had frogs in the garden and regularly see large sized dragonflies wizzing through- I think they are Common Hawkers (green and blue markings)? So we can’t wait for them to inhabit the pond.

    I only managed to watch part of Country File last night- did they show your file? If so I will catch it on iPlayer.

    Many thanks again

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