Wednesday, 29 August 2007

More Dragons at Bockhill and the Shop!

I couldn't resist two more Dragonfly pictures.

After the very cooperative Migrant Hawker yesterday I was surprised when a Southern Hawker, Aeshna cyanea, at the end of the Droveway, was equally helpful. I've included two pictures as they show the differences between the two species. Firstly the costa, (the front edge of the wing) doesn't show any brown.

The stripes on the thorax, the antehumeral stripes, are broad and the spots on the last two segments are undivided. In addition it is about 10% larger than the Migrant Hawker

At this time of year the local Linnets, perhaps joined by birds from farther afield flock together to feed on the fields once the crop is lifted. This is part of a larger flock, but there are quite a few there (How many?).

Yes they did their thing and perched on one of the round bales to help with my autumn theme.

Dragonflies might not be frightening but Henry with the local wildlife was pretty scary!


deslilas said...

Dragonfly a vey impressive word.
In french "libellule" or "demoiselle" are less frigntening, they evocate horizontal level or a young lady.
In finnish "sudenkorento" wolf level ( to carry for instance water on shoulders). In swedish "trollslända" may be troll's croup.

Tony Morris said...

Interesting set of names, in the French is it the young lady that's horizontal?

deslilas said...

Our "demoiselle" is a small blue dragonfly also called in french "agrion".
"Libellule" seems to be the general name for these insects because their flight is horizontal.
I should read more about it.