The Very Hairy Dragonfly

I saw a Hairy Dragonfly, Brachytron pratense, last year, in May:

Hairy Dragonfly

Today I can see one in front of me:

Hairy Dragonfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Unlike last year I can recognise what it is. It’s tiny and very still:

Hairy Dragonfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

And hairy. I try getting close and closer:

Hairy Dragonfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I love the tracery of it wings:

Hairy Dragonfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

This one is a male:

Hairy Dragonfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

As an exercise in stealth, this has been a success. Those eyes are so alien to us:

Hairy Dragonfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Apparently their habitat is: “Mainly found near unpolluted, well-vegetated water bodies.” I think the River Otter counts.

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