Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)
This wonderful dragonfly appeared at my pond one day. I ran for my camera and video cam and took quite a few pictures and also some good video. Much to my surprise it didn’t take any notice of me as I moved in really close with the camcorder. It moved from rock to rock laying eggs in different locations around the pond but returned to the same place frequently. The females are green with brown markings and darker brown rings seperating the segments of the body. The males are similar except they are more blue in colour on the last few segments. They are very common in southern and central England and Wales but only appear locally in other areas. They often breed in small ponds like garden ponds where there is plenty of vegetation, laying the eggs out of the water. They can be seen hunting well away from water in wooded areas.
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