Insects in warm Dutch December


Male common darter dragonfly, photo by L. Tettenborn

Waarneming.nl in the Netherlands reports that in unusually warm December 2015, unusually many crickets and grasshoppers were seen: seven species.

Not only two damselfly species were seen, as usually: common winter damselfly and Siberian winter damselfly; but also (unusually late) adult common darter dragonflies.

Dragonflies quarrel, video


This video, by Everdien, was recorded near a pond in Wekeromse Zand nature reserve in the Veluwe region in the Netherlands.

A vagrant darter dragonfly sat quietly on a tree trunk. Until another dragonfly arrived, and they started quarreling.

Good rare dragonfly news


This is a southern darter video from the Czech republic.

Translated from the Dutch Vlinderstichting entomologists:

November 5, 2015

In the past three years, a very rare dragonfly has settled in the Netherlands: southern darter. After an invasion in 2013, it has by now been seen regularly for two years and there is even breeding.

New nature reserve attracts rare birds, dragonflies


This 2012 Dutch video is about nature reserve Beuningse Uiterwaarden, in Gelderland province, not far from Nijmegen city. It shows birds, konik horses and other animals there. Eg, great crested newts live there as well.

There has been reconstruction early this year. That attracted nesting little ringed plovers.

And rare damselfly and dragonfly species: goblet-marked damselfly; lesser emperor dragonfly; red-veined darter; and scarlet dragonfly.

Rare dragonfly in southern Netherlands


This video from the USA says about itself:

Finding Uncommon Dragonfly Species

Mud Lake is a subalpine fen near Skalkaho Pass, Montana. Fens are infrequent, as such the community of species using this habitat are
uncommon to rare. I have visited this site several times looking for two particular dragonfly species found here: Lake Darner (Aeshna
eremita) and Subarctic Darner (Aeshna subarctica) [aka Bog Hawker]. This video captures the adventure and my happiness in finally finding and photographing them on September 9, 2013.

Translated from the Vlinderstichting in the Netherlands:

Monday, October 5th, 2015

In 2013 there already was a sighting of a bog hawker in the Kampina nature reserve in North Brabant province and this year they are seen again. That seems like this rare dragonfly is establishing itself there. They are otherwise only found in the northern half of the Netherlands.

Dragonfly on sunny balcony, video


This video is about a four-spotted chaser dragonfly, on a sunny balcony, four stories high, in Berg en Dal village in Gelderrland province in the Netherlands.

Pauline Hilgers made this video.

Dragonfly migration: here.

The UK’s poor summer has meant garden dragonflies have been slow to emerge, according to preliminary British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Garden BirdWatch results. Reports of common garden dragonflies, such as Large Red Damselfly, peaked much later this year than in previous years: here.

Birds, flowers and dragonflies


Wild carrot flowers, 9 August 2015

On 9 August 2015, again to the botanical garden. Where in the part of the garden which is a reconstruction of its early seventeenth century past, these flowers grow: wild carrot.

Before we had arrived there, two young herring gulls on a street near a canal. Then, two collared doves. And a great crested grebe couple swimming and diving in the canal.

Small red-eyed damselflies flying just over the garden pond, sometimes resting on water-lily leaves. Males and females in tandem; in two cases, on water plants; females with the lower parts of their bodies underwater, depositing eggs on the plants.

Wild carrot flowers, on 9 August 2015

Then, the part of the garden near the exit, with the wild carrot flowers.

Black-tailed skimmer dragonfly female, 9 August 2015

A female black-tailed skimmer dragonfly not far away.

Black-tailed skimmer dragonfly female, on 9 August 2015