Wednesday, 8 August 2012

An Emperor in the hand

I had the rare privilege of holding one of Britain's largest insects today. Found cold and rigid on the ground by Graham Bellamy in the Priory Country Park staff car park, he put this female Emperor dragonfly onto his black car bonnet to warm up. A tentative flight then ended with a crash into me, giving me the chance to hold her for a few minutes before successfully flying off to a hedge. Magic!

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