Thursday, 4 July 2013

Hairy Dragonfly in Cheshire

June 25, 2013:
Cheshire is the northern British limit for this 'hawker' dragonfly which is found there only very locally. It favours canals, slow moving rivers, and sheltered ponds. Here, several were flying at a fishing pool surrounded by trees. They patrolled regularly low over the water surface, perching only ocasionally.

Present also were Red-eyed Damselflies, the males defending their territories from perches out on the lily-pads. Unfortunately, the latter were much reduced having been cleared away for fishing purposes.

On the grass nearby the Welsh Chafer beetle (Hoplia philanthus) was found.


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