Wildlife News and Photographs from around Leicestershire and Rutland
Monday, 26 July 2010
Probable Common Hawker - New Lount NR
This arrived in my inbox from Ian Merrill via Dave Gray. I thought it deserved posting on here... I'll try and follow this up at some point this week.
I have been at New Lount Nature Reserve SK3918 today and saw amongst others species 2 male Common Hawkers, Aeshna juncea. They were patrolling the eastern pool around midday when the sun was out. A large hawker constantly patrolling the pool, chasing the four spots and even holding it's own with the Emperor. I got a good size comparison with Emperor, Southern and Brown Hawker. I got views down to 5m through binoculars (10x). Narrow yellow thoracic side stripes, blue abdomen spots on body held straight. Unfortunately I could confirm a yellow costa but the wings had a brown suffusion. Thought I would let you know so you can have a look tomorrow if the weather is OK.