On a very frosty morning, I took a drive over to Nethergong campsite where I wanted to see if I could catch that elusive large Emperor Dragonfly nymph. After speaking with the owner Jed for a bit, I wandered on up to the pool which was nearly all frozen over. With this in mind I spent a short while looking where I managed to catch about 15 damselfly nymphs, mostly Azure Damselfly but hopefully a Common Blue Damselfly nymph amongst them which I shall have a better look at during the week. With a bit of time on my hands I then opted for a tank session to see what I could get. I must admit that I think the hawker nymphs look quite spectacular and its been interesting gaining more knowledge on the Brown Hawker nymph I am rearing in the tank. I've only see it strike once out at a small shrimp I think but i'm sure if I keep looking I will see this hunter in action. It spends most of its time sitting on the base of the tank in with the stones but every now and then will do a lap of the tank through the weed. After setting up and with the Brown Hawker nymph in position I set about getting a few more shots and after about half an hour I had a number of pleasing shots for my efforts. I'm not sure if this nymph will emerge this year as its got a bit of growing to do, perhaps it will suddenly start to grow quite quickly as the months pass on, I will have to wait and see!
Brown Hawker Nymph (25mm Long)