|Sympetrum vulgatum. German name: Heidelibelle|
Dragonfly, that name fits very well for an animal with that shape and majestic looks. In German we call this animal “Libelle” and I think it’s also a suitable name for such flying belles. Unbelievable that the father of the German name was thinking about a fish when the “Libelle” got its name…
Find more infos and pictures under the cut.
There’s a huge variation of dragonflies in the world: big and small ones, colourful and, camouflaged ones, a few are thin like a match and some others look flat like just being stepped on. This diversity and the fact that they fly like helicopters fascinates me. Dragonflies even lived when dinosaur walked over the earth! The wing-span of the ancient dragonflies was about 70cm! I’m glad that our dragonflies are not that big anymore.
|Libellula quadrimaculata. German name: Vierfleck (four dots)|
|Wheel formation. German name: Azurjungfer.|
|Tandem. don't know the species name.|
|The female lays eggs into the water! It's the Azurjunger again.|
|Big larva! Maybe from the Aeshna cyanea.|
|Another larva, a smaller one.|
You can often find exuviae (empty larva shells) on reed caulis. When you are lucky you can observer a hatching dragonfly, too!
|Exuviae on reed caulis.|
|Exuviae of the dragon hunter. Pretty strange shape.|
|Beautiful little monster ;)|
|A rare Calopterygidae. German name: Prachtlibelle.|
|Libellula depressa. German name: Plattbauch. This fella looks like someone stepped on its body.|
So, now I'm off for three weeks. Stay tuned, I will come back with other bone stories! See ya!