Posted by: mynaturaldiary | July 26, 2008

Dragonflies Den

This is a small wild pool in the middle of nowhere, very close to a fabulous cafe.

And this time of year it’s teeming with life, especially Dragonflies. Careful scrutiny reveals a hiding jewel.

This Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) clings to the underside of a blade of grass by the edge of the pond.

Above the pond, the Imperator lords over his den. A stream of photos reveals his wonder in flight (he won’t settle for a nice shot!)

Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator). His powerful flight zooms over the pond, high into the sky and around trees in search of prey.

Leaving the pond for a steep ascent up one of the many North York Moors hillsides,

we pass through heather and moorland. And if you look carefully there are a host of friends there.

Large Heath (Coenonympha tullia)

At first sight it’s just grass, but look carefully and you can see lunchtime for a small creepy crawly

Finally some more familiar friends, that are nice on Moorland, but not in your living room.

Bumble Bee (Bombus terrestris)

Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris)

There were plenty more of course, but they darted away too quickly for the camera to capture them.

Finally Odin’s bird passes overhead in the distance.

Raven (Corvus corax)

Hræfn still circles over the Northern lands, though whether it’s Hugin or Munin we can’t tell.

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