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Migrant Hawker 2 (Aeshna mixta)

Observed: 8th June 2013 By: BruceHBruceH’s reputation in InvertebratesBruceH’s reputation in InvertebratesBruceH’s reputation in InvertebratesBruceH’s reputation in Invertebrates
Migrant Hawker 2
Migrant Hawker 3
Migrant Hawker 7
Description:

I saw these two sometimes coupling and sometimes individually. They flew fast round reeds near the edge of a lake - and were hard to photograph.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

chrisbrooks's picture

Species

Too early for A. Mixta Bruce isn't it. Looks more like a Lesser Emperor or similar. What do you think ?

jccurd's picture

I agree, Chris,

... it's a Lesser Emperor. Green eyes, Brown thorax and a blue saddle at S2.

John

BruceH's picture

Lesser Emperor

Dijkstra says A, mixta flies from May onwards, but everything is very late here this year. I have not seen an Emperor before, but from the book it really looks the right ID.

Any tips in getting better pix of dragons in flight? I am having lots of failure at the moment!

chrisbrooks's picture

A mixta

It might well be different in France but A mixta flies from late July into the autumn in the UK. Good luck with dragonflies in flight, difficult really difficult and the getting a good background is a nightmare.

BruceH's picture

Dragonflies in flight

Thanks Chris - I will have to keep on trying. There has to be a way of getting some sort of success - hasn't there?

chrisbrooks's picture

Expense

I have a feeling there is but cost will be an implication. I think you have to concentrate on species that patrol a set pattern and wait for them to return to a spot. Those that hover for a while seem an option, Southern Hawker perhaps.

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Good tips

Thanks Chris - good tips. If at first you don't succeed.....!

jccurd's picture

Hovering

Yes Bruce, as Chris suggests, if you watch a while some of the dragons hover in the same, or very close to the same, spot on a patrol route. Emperors are prone to do so. If you can catch them doing that, you may even be able to pre-focus on the spot and wait for a repeat performance.

Most flight shots are actually hover shots. ;-)

John