Southern hawker

A brilliant green dragonfly cruising over the pond – a southern hawker. She was perfectly camouflaged (top picture) in dappled shade while depositing her eggs.

hawker camouflage
southern hawker
southern hawker (1)
southern hawker

There was also a very pretty marmalade hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus) on flowers at the edge of the pond. This is one of few species of flies that can crush and eat pollen. Its larvae eat aphids.

Episyrphus balteatus
Episyrphus balteatus
marmalade hoverfly
marmalade hoverfly
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