Mixed feelings

Blue Chaser

Today I went on an excursion in search for the recently discovered population of Lilipad Whitefaces (Leucorrhinia caudalis) in the Weerribben. Last year during the Dark Bluet-excursion a freshly emerged Lilipad Whiteface was discovered, to great surprise of all participants. This dragonfly hadn’t been seen for decades, especially not reproducing. This year specific quests resulted in the discovery of a small population. The State Forestry Service (Staatsbosbeheer) organized, in cooperation with the NVL an excursion to this population. In my opinion the Weerribben are one of the nicest dragonfly area’s in the Netherlands, so it promised to be a nice day anyhow. The weather forecast proved wrong as the promised rain didn’t come, there was even some sun, but also a lot of wind. When we arrived at the location of the population the search started. For two hours we had a look at every waterlily leaf that we could find, without the result we all hoped for. We saw many Downy Emeralds and Large Redeyes, some Blue Chasers, Yellow-spotted Whitefaces and Green-eyed Hawkers, but not our goal for today.

So an unsuccessful day, one could think. Yes, we didn’t find the Lilypad Whiteface, but it’s always nice to walk around in the Weerribben, see the, not very common Blue Chasers like the one in the picture. And well, maybe we’ve better luck next week, when I’m back in the Weerribben preparing the photography workshop of June 4th.

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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