Large White (Pieris brassicae)
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White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) male balancing over the flow of Ober Water.
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Emperor (Anax imperator) - male feeding on Meadow Brown butterfly
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White-legged Damselfly (Platycnemis pennipes) - female
The culmination of loss of vehicle and the unnecessary delay and associated stress involved with a replacement was more than enough to throw me off balance.
Add a much needed holiday into the equation and I suddenly found myself playing catch up for the past month with barely a moment spare to get out and enjoy myself.
Another casualty has been my lack of involvement here so once again I apologise for my absence. I intend to spend today catching up with as many of you as possible.
In the meantime here's a familiar and common damsel who at least gave me a moment of peaceful indulgence anong all the chaos.
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Azure Hawker (Aeshna caerulea) - male
What the whole trip was about - connecting with the charming Azure Hawker. Charming and rather gregarious, which I must admit we didn't expect. This fellow took turns perching on each of us, this shot being John's badge of honour.
After a rather miserable day fruitlessly searching for Northern Emerald in unsavoury conditions in unforgiving bogs and stuck under Beinn Eighe's own generated weather system on what should have been the perfect dragonfly habitat, we finally connected with our prize at Slatterdale.
The feeling of elation that enveloped us all is a feeling known only to passionate dragonfly nuts. We went home happy that evening, but it just proves the best things are worth waiting for.
Tags: Aeshna caerulea Aeshnidae Anisoptera Azure Hawker Dragonflies Insecta Insects Nature Nikon D90 Odonata Paul Ritchie Scotland Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro www.hampshiredragonflies.co.uk