With the weather being a bit cloudy today Nigel and I went to the Downs around Lewes looking for Burnt Orchids and anything else we could find. Early on we found an orchid but it wasn't until walking back that we came across the main colony with good numbers showing.
However, it was whilst approaching a dew pond where the day brightened enormously for us as we came across a freshly emerged Black-tailed Skimmer dragonfly.
Immature Black-tailed Skimmer.
After taking several pictures of this one we walked to the pond and kept on finding more dragonflies in various states of emergence, both Black-tailed Skimmer and Broad-bodied Chasers. In all we had around 12 Skimmers and 5 Chasers. There were also lots of exuvia cases of these and from Emperor Dragonflies that had emerged over the last few days.
Wings expanding, Black-tailed Skimmer.
Broad-bodied Chaser on exuvia.
Black-tailed Skimmer on exuvia.