Dragonflies in your garden

In this Dutch video, entomologist Kars Veling explains how to attract dragonflies to your garden.

These Dragonflies Helped an Astronomer Find Ghostly New Galaxies. A Yale scientist set out to capture the insect’s full lifecycle and ended up discovering hidden wonders of the cosmos: here.

Dragonfly feeding, video

This video is about a vagrant darter dragonfly feeding.

Marjo Steffen in the Netherlands made this video.

Spotted flycatchers, mistle thrushes, damselflies and butterflies

Blue-tailed damselfly, 2 August 2014

On 2 August 2014, to Gooilust nature reserve. Home, to, eg, this blue-tailed damselfly.

In a ditch marking the border of Gooilust, a grey heron spreading its wings because of the heat. Minutes later, it cleaned its feathers.

Nuthatch sound. A great tit.

A bit further, an Egyptian goose flies, calling.

At the ‘dragonfly pond’, an emperor dragonfly flies around.

Blue-tailed damselflies, 2 August 2014

Many blue-tailed damselflies; like this couple in love.

Far above them, swifts flying. Soon, they will be on autumn migration to Africa.

Near the Gooilust mansion: two spotted flycatchers on a fence. Every now and then, they take off to catch insects. One of them sits down on a leafless branch; the usual resting spot for flycatchers, before humans made fences.

We arrive at the Gooilust garden. A buzzard flies past.

A recently fledged young mistle thrush is fed by a parent.

A bit further, a blackbird and a song thrush cross the footpath.

Willow emerald damselfly, 2 August 2014

Willow emerald damselflies on the plants along a pond.

Willow emerald damselfly on plant, 2 August 2014

Red admiral, 2 August 2014

On a flower, a red admiral butterfly.

Small tortoiseshell and peacock, 2 August 2014

A bit further, a small tortoiseshell and a peacock butterfly on the same butterfly-bush flower; with a red admiral in the background.

Peacock butterfly, 2 August 2014

Brimstone butterfly, 2 August 2014

Other butterflies: whitish with a bit of greenish: brimstone butterflies.

This is a brimstone butterfly video.

Edible frog sound.

The weather changes fast: from hot and sunny to thunderstorm. We go back. First, we hear the thunder and see the lightning. Then, rain starts. A little rain. Then, very much more rain.

A song thrush on the forest floor.

As thunder, lighting and rain continued, a buzzard took off from Corversbos field.

Butterflies and dragonflies of Rottumerplaat island

This video from Britain is called Grayling Butterflies, Hipparchia semele.

Jasper Zoeter, Martijn Bunskoek and Tim van Nus, wardens of desert island Rottumerplaat in the Netherlands, report about butterflies and dragonflies.

This summer, graylings are the most common butterflies: hundreds were seen.

Other Rottumerplaat butterflies this year: meadow brown; small copper; small heath; comma; Essex skipper; common blue.

About dragonflies, they write:

Not only for birds the water tank below the tower is useful. For dragonflies it is interesting, because between 1 and 11 July here almost daily ruddy darters metamorphosed from larva to adult. Based on the number of counted and collected larva skins at least 48 individuals emerged from the shallow water. Special, they all came from such a small pond! Reproduction of dragonflies on Rottumerplaat is known from only a few species. On 5 and 6 July, a strong southerly winds brought large numbers of dragonflies to the island. This were mainly various types of darters, including the nationally rare yellow-winged darter, of which one female was observed. We have also seen an emperor dragonfly a few times.

Four-spotted chaser dragonfly video

This video is about a four-spotted chaser dragonfly.

Jan Gorel in the Netherlands made the video.

Dragonflies and pine marten on Rottumerplaat island

This video is called Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura pumilio).

On Rottumerplaat, the Dutch desert island, there are not only birds.

Wardens Martijn Bunskoek and Tim van Nus report about dragonflies and damselflies on the island as well.

They saw a scarce blue-tailed damselfly. The first time ever for this species on Rottumerplaat. The wardens suspect that the water of the lakelet where they found this insect is too brackish for reproduction.

Also, this year there was a variable damselfly; for the first time since 1995 on the island.

Other damselfly and dragonfly species on Rottumerplaat: four-spotted chaser; red-veined darter; emperor dragonfly; and southern emerald damselfly.

On 26 May 2014, wardens found a pine marten carcass on the beach of Rottumerplaat. Probably, the marten was from Lauwersoog where this species lives, and sea currents brought it to the island. Probably, the same happened to three dead hares and a dead lamb, found on Rottumerplaat.

Texel island damselflies and dragonflies

This video shows damselflies in high magnification. The species are blue-tailed damselfly and azure damselfly.

According to a blog post by warden Erik van der Spek on Texel island in the Netherlands, the most common Texel damselfly species are: blue-tailed damselfly, common blue damselfly, and emerald damselfly.

As for dragonflies, the most numerous species on Texel are: emperor dragonfly, black-tailed skimmer, migrant hawker, four-spotted chaser, and various Sympetrum species/