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Broad-bodied Chaser


Monday, May 26th, 2014

Broad-bodied Chaser

Broad-bodied Chaser

I am no expert on dragonflies, but from googling I’d say this is a female Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa). Whether it is or not, it was the biggest dragonfly I’ve yet to encounter – it was huge, and when it first flew by me I mistook it for a small bird, from the size and the shadow it made. But no, really big dragonfly. I took this photo in the Langballig Au, but there are lots of them out in the Geltinger Birk, as well – the Geltinger Birk seems to be a good place to spot dragonflies and damselflies of all sorts in general. I think I saw more than 60 last week, of at least four different species. So, you know, if you are an Odonata enthusiast and in the region, the Geltinger Birk is definitely the place to head to, right now. In the unlikely event that you are, send a comment and I will point you to the precise hedge where they were all hanging out.

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