Are you lookin’ at me?
Last year we had lots of Broad Bodied Chaser dragonfly nymphs in the pond; I captured the astonishing emergence and transformation of one in this post.
This year I’ve seen very few of those nymphs (you can’t miss them, they’re big scary buggers!), so I was surprised to discover this newly emerged male on a bogbean leaf, sitting about two inches above a large frog. Much as I love our frogs, I think they can cope without eating this beautiful creature, so I rescued him. Having interfered once, I then felt responsible for him, and so had to guard him for the next couple of hours from our voracious and sharp-eyed resident sparrows. I know I shouldn’t intervene, but sometimes I can’t resist it.