Dragonfly season

Waterlilies in the Wieden

The dragonfly season is only about two months on its way in the Netherlands, but we can already speak of a great success. In the past 30 days populations have been found of two species thought to be extinct for over at least 50 years. First a small population of Lilypad Whitefaces was found in the Weerribben. More searches in both the Weerribben and the nearby Wieden resulted in 7 small populations. All new or didn’t we look good enough in earlier years?

Last week an, also small, population of Mercury Bluets was found in the southern part of the Netherlands. Not really unexpected, as some German populations are only 15km from the  Dutch border, but this species hadn’t been seen in over 60 years.

As you could have read in a previous post, I unsuccessfully tried to find the Lilypad Whiteface during an excursion in the Weerribben. Yesterday I gave a dragonfly and butterfly photography workshop in the Wieden. I didn’t know yet about the population that was found there, but did keep an eye out. They are often found resting on the leaves of Waterlilies at places with submersed vegetation. Unfortunately for me, not the places I visited. But it’s nice to hear that we’ve got two new species of dragonfly in the Netherlands.

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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