Hey sophofbread here,
Sorry for the lack of posts lately; we hope to improve that and progress the blog and the youtube channel more in the next few months. On to this article…
A few weeks ago (it took me ages to write this because we couldn’t find the lead for the blackberry to upload the pictures) we were at Tesco shopping when we discovered a large beast under the front of our car. At first we were unsure whether it was a toy or not! We carefully managed to nudge it on to a car bingo card and we took it over to the bushes but just as we were putting it down it flew onto my leg and then off into the sky, it was so big we could see it for a least a minute flying away. I just researched it and discovered it was a Southern Hawker Dragonfly.
Here’s what The Wildlife Trust have to say on the Southern Hawker:
“A common dragonfly of ponds, lakes and canals in the lowlands, particularly near to woodland, it can be seen patrolling a regular patch of water when hunting or ‘hawking’ through woodland rides. Hawkers are the largest and fastest flying dragonflies; they catch their insect-prey mid-air and can hover or fly backwards.
How to identify
The southern hawker is mostly black in colour. The male has lime green spots all along the body with pale blue bands on the last three segments of the abdomen, blue-green eyes and large green patches on the thorax. The female is paler, with pale -green spots and brownish eyes. The black-and-blue hawkers are a tricky group of dragonflies to identify. The southern hawker can be recognised by its lime green, rather than blue, spots along most of its body and the large pale patches on the thorax.”
An amazing experience for us and we are so glad we got some photos on mum’s phone! The camera on that phone has paid for itself. This was one of the best shopping trips ever!
Thanks for reading,