Less wild nature

Ornate Bluet - Coenagrion ornatum

The place where we found the Sedgelings was a real nature area. It’s the habitat for many endangered species butter- and dragonflies. The second site we visited yesterday was in great contrast with this one. No protection, no large natural values, but still worth visiting. It was a small ditch in an agricultural area with a grain-field next to it. Part of the ditched was mowed during the last week, but still it was home to a large population of Ornate Bluets. This species is also choosy for its habitat, but has very different requirements. It wants a sunny stream slow-moving and high in calcium. This looks a lot more as something we could also have in the Netherlands, so maybe we can also welcome the Ornate Bluet in the Netherlands once…

With most of the vegetation next to the stream mowed, the Bluets choose the grain-field as a resting place. We found many individuals in the first meters of this field. In this picture I tried to capture the image of having to look in between several grain plants to find one. I hope it worked.

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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