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Basket Case

Observed: 17th May 2011 By: jccurdjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebrates
Basket Case
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This is driving me nuts!
Dragonfly hunting beside Le Loir in France, I spotted this completely unrecognized character restlessly cruising about the river over a very large patch of lily pads. It never settled and this was as close as I came to it - at least, to getting a decent picture of it. It's beyond my previous experience but looks suspiciously like a Two-spotted Dragonfly (Dijkstra/Lewington, a.k.a. Eurasian Baskettail in Amerispeak). Help!
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RoyW's picture

Well done on getting this shot!

This is a species that I haven't even managed to get in the viewfinder - let alone get a shot of.

They tend to stay out over the water so are difficult to photograph.

jccurd's picture

I feel very privileged.

In my quest for confirmation, I contacted an English naturalist living in France and he confirmed my suspicions, too. This chap (think it's a male) seems to have been a little further north-west than the accepted range of this species.

RoyW's picture

It's certainly Epitheca

It does seem to be further to the north-west than is considered the typical range for E. bimaculata, but it is an Epitheca - and it's a lot further from the normal distribution of all other similar species (though trans-Atlantic vagrancy of dragonflies has been recorded!).
I agree that it looks like a male, although the sexes are very similar in these.