Rare blue

Female Ornate Bluet

Today Geert and I went to Germany to find two rare damselflies, the Ornate and Mercury Bluet. The first has never been seen in the Netherlands for a long time, the latter has recently been rediscovered. In Germany both species occur in reasonable numbers, though they get more common towards the eastern parts. After a great start, the first blue damselfly was found at 4 meters away from the car and turned out to be a male Ornate Bluet, the great search began. After several hours of searching the result was 2 more male Ornate Bluets and 2 females (one of which is shown in the picture above). Apart from this we saw many Azure Bluets (they really look more azure blue, compared to the Ornates) and, to my great surprise a Blue-eye. More on that one later this week.

Most Ornate Bluets didn’t want to pose properly, only this female gave us some chance to take a nice picture of it.

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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