female Dark Bluet
female Dark Bluet

Today was the yearly Dark Bluet excursion in the Weerribben national park. This rare bluet only occurs in certain places in this national park. They are most often seen in the transition zone between the dry and wet parts of the marsh. This makes them hard to photograph, as this vegetation is very vulnerable and they are often a bit too deep in the dense vegetation for good pictures. Fortunately we found this female that was in the middle of the dry parts. When I crawled through the vegetation to get a good shot of this female, I felt something creep over my legs. It itched a little, but nothing bad. I took a few more pictures and then suddenly.. HAP, I was attacked by a dozen ants… I quickly gave up trying to photograph the damselfly as my attention was needed somewhere else. Now my legs are quite red and itchy, but well, I’m really happy with the result and that’s all that matters.

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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