Southern Hawker Dragonfly

Haze went up to Tessier Gardens yesterday and within minutes one of these was flying around the little pond.

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A Southern Hawker dragonfly. Not uncommon, but mightily impressive. Almost double the size of the Red Darters we’d seen mating around the pond a couple of weeks ago,

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Haze has made the wings yellower and less transparent than they are in reality.

This was a female. She was ovipositing her eggs not into the water, but onto the mossy stones around the pond.

A marvelous moment. Haze, hands shaking with excitement, was thrilled to have got these pictures with her mobile phone.

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We’re going up again to Tessier Gardens on the weekend. To see if we can see, and film, this beauty again. Hope so.

Words: Ian Nisbet; Photos & Drawing: Hazel Brown

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