Small Bluetail - Tengere Grasjuffer - Ischnura pumilio
A Small Bluetail resting.



During the past weeks I heard many records of dragonflies and saw several really nice pictures. The weather was great, with sunshine and high temperatures. Only one problem for me, if I wasn’t working I had to pack all my stuff in many boxes because I’ve just bought a new apartment. With now all my things moved to the new place (it’s getting beautiful), I have some time again to go out.

Yesterday I spent the whole day in the Lauwersmeer. I saw several dragonflies, but they were too quick to be ID’d. So today I left the boxes unpacked again and had a look somewhat closer to home. During the last two years there have been Small Bluetails in an area in the city of Groningen, so I wanted to see if they were still around. And then, finally, there I saw my first real dragonflies of the season. Several Small Bluetails (both males like the one in the picture as orange coloured females), some Common Bluetails and a Broad-bodied Chaser.
Hopefully the weather stays like this for a while and do I manage to find some more time to go out. This was a good start at least.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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