Watching grass move

Siberian Winter Damsel

Today I went searching for dragonflies again. Not the most usual thing to do in November, but there are still two species around: the Brown and the Siberian Winter Damsels. The latter is rare in the Netherlands, but I know a few places where they winter. Finding them isn’t that easy (at least in winter) as they can’t fly anymore when the temperature is below 13°C, so they just sit and imitate a straw of Purple Moor Grass. Something they’re very good at, so we have to keep on looking, plant after plant. If it’s warmer as 8°C, they are still able to move a little, turning away from you, hiding behind their straw. This movement makes them a little easier to spot, however their hiding technique itself makes it a little harder again… Fortunately we found one quite soon already and a bit later two more. I’m always amazed how these tiny insects can survive the cold winter…

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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