Here be dragons

…. in the form of this beautiful female common darter Sympetrum striolatum that rested awhile with us today. I’m reasonably confident of the identification, due to the shape and extent of the black pattern at the base of the frons (the dorsal part of the face, i.e. ‘the nose’).
Damselflies have also visited in the past few days, likely drawn in by the small pond we put into the garden last autumn. A Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula came in it’s cadmium markings, surprisingly inconspicuous when it was still, disappearing into the the red stems of the native geraniums that surround one side of the pond.
The other was a male Common Blue, Enallagma cyathigerum. A bit of research tells me that the female of this species is known to dive to a depth of a metre to lay its eggs, often incapable of breaking the water’s surface tension on it’s return to the surface and drowning if not rescued by a passing male.


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