18th July 2019

Male Brown Hawker dragonfly

Male Brown Hawker dragonfly

Male Brown Hawker dragonfly

Male Brown Hawker dragonfly

Male Brown Hawker dragonfly, drying its face with its front legs

Male Brown Hawker dragonfly, dried out and ready to fly off

The Brown Hawker is a large dragonfly with beautiful bronze-coloured wings, that frequents pools and slow-flowing water, hence the number we saw along the Chesterfield Canal this week. Try as I might, I could not get a photo of this fast-flying insect that hawks along its territory and sometimes into wooded glades, until I saw this one drowning. Every time it struggled to move itself onto some weed, it floundered and went back into the water until it was near enough for me to extend my monopod and slowly move it towards the bank, where it gradually dried out, using its front legs to clean all round its head and  with the sun drying its filigree wings before recovering enough to fly away. This was a male, as can be seen from the blue patches on its thorax. Conditions: Warm sun and cloud. temperature: Max 22 Min 12 C.

 

 

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