Dragon hunting: Common Goldenring

Already the last part of the Hunting Dragons series, but a really nice one. Definitely my favourite dragonfly of the trip and one of the nicest I’ve seen in the Netherlands: the Common Goldenring. It’s not only the largest Dutch dragonfly (just a little larger as the Emperor Dragonfly), but also has striking black and yellow colours. We saw them patroling a lot, but fortunately also perched for short periods of time, which gave us good photo opportunities.

Common Goldenring (Gewone Bronlibel) taking off

Common Goldenring favour small forest streams with sandy bottoms and are fairly common not that far from the Netherlands, but only occurs on a few places in my country. For us, it was great to watch these dragonflies fly just a few cm’s above the water, chasing away intruders and every now and then hang on some leaves for a little while. Sometimes it would fly a bit higher over our path, sometimes only a few cm’s away from my face (unfortunately way too fast for pictures).

Common Goldenring habitat

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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