With a bit of time yesterday, I spent a while photographing the Brown Hawker nymph which continues to do well in the tank. I must admit I have a bit of a soft spot for this species. I have caught lots of Emperor Dragonfly nymphs but to date, this is the only Brown Hawker nymph I have managed to catch. This is one of the hardest dragonfly species I find to photograph, rarely sitting still for long periods of time and creeping up on them has not been that successful either. Thankfully after lots of effort last year I did get a few shots of them. I have managed to watch this nymph hunting quite a lot now in the tank and its strike rate is pretty good and certainly a sight to watch as it strikes out for its prey. I hope to continue to rear this individual through the summer, not sure if it will emerge this year or not but on size, I would imagine next year unless it grows quickly in size. As far as hawkers go, I think the Brown Hawker is one of the most striking to look at, hopefully the photos show this off well. Good news also today where from my pond this afternoon, a Large Red Damselfly decided to emerge during out family Easter lunch which caused a panic as I left the table and took a few shots. By the time I started shooting, its head and thorax were already out but I will post some shots hopefully tomorrow of this special event which even my family thought was 'superb'.
Brown Hawker Nymph