The males of the two species Lestes dryas and Lestes sponsa look very much alike. Therefore I find it a bit difficult to distinguishing the two in the field, and it is not until I look at the photos I am able to clearly identify the species.
So in my hunt for the Lestes dryas I have shot several new photos of Lestes sponsa, which have been added to the gallery.

Not so long ago, I discovered that there actually is a lake very close to where I live, which is the habitat of the relatively rare species Aeshna viridis. So during the past week I have visited this location almost everyday on my way home from work.
The Aeshna viridis is very shy, hard to get close to, and has a tendency to rest high up in the trees. Although this makes it difficult to photograph, I have been lucky to get within shooting range a couple of times. The resulting photos have just been added to the gallery.

While hunting for Aeshna viridis at a local lake, I had the opportunity to shoot some photos of the Anax imperator. One of the specimens where missing a wing completely but it did not seem to have much impact on its flying abilities.

It does not happen often anymore that I am adding photos of a new species to the gallery. Not because I already have photographed all the Danish species of Odonata. Actually, out of the 69 species listed here on there are still 29 which I have not yet been able to photograph. Some of these have only been recorded once or twice in Denmark several years ago, others have never been recorded at all but might be in the near future. If these are left out there are still a little over 10 species missing on my list.
This season I have added photos of three new species: Coenagrion hastulatum, Lestes dryas and Lestes viridis. The latter, which is actually a rare species in Denmark, has just been added to the gallery after a visit to a location very near to where I live. Here I spotted at least 40 newly emerged specimens.

For a long time I have only had one not very good photo of the Sympetrum flaveolum. Even though it should be a relatively common species in Denmark, I have not spotted it at any of the locations I have visited during the last 2 to 3 years.
Then about a week ago I discovered a (for me) new location called Terpenshøje, a gravel pit just north of the city Hedensted. This area has several small lakes located close to each other in an open meadowland, and is the habitat of a surprisingly rich selection of dragonflies including a few Sympetrum flaveolum. So after a couple of visits to this location, I have now updated the gallery with several new photos of this species. On top of that, I was also lucky to photograph a female Lestes dryas for the first time. Still no photos of the male version though.