Saturday, 16 May 2020

Clear-fronted Dusk-hawker

It's been such a long time since I last posted a dragonfly of any description (indeed, it's been such a long time since I last went out looking for one). This one was not actively sought, but came as a complete surprise in my woodlot this weekend. Although I do frequently encounter Hyaline Dusk-hawkers in there, this is my first record of Clear-fronted Dusk-hawker (a male) on the coast (not an English name that has generally taken, as indeed have none: this is Gynacantha bayadera to remove any ambiguity). Such an astonishing creature! It is likely to be the only thing 'new' I get this spring now and is some consolation for a rather lousy spring bird-wise this time out!

 Male Clear-fronted Dusk-hawker