Vivid Invaders

One bright morning recently saw a row of elegant sapphire damsel-flies aligned on parallel grass-blades sunning themselves. They didn’t hang around for the photo-call, but this splendidly barbaric cousin did. common_hawker_3

Prosaically, he  – the males usually being the highly coloured ones – is known as a Common Hawker (or Aeshna juncea).

The ID comes from a very informative site – Dragonfly Ireland

http://www.habitas.org.uk/dragonflyireland/

Apart from much detail on species and habitats, there is a link to the National BioDiversity species recording pages.

Another good place for checking on smaller garden wildlife – also an Irish site – is

http://www.gardensafari.net/

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