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Re: Communal dragonfly and butterfly thread

I am just trying out posting an image from Flickr, as Brian has demystified the process for us. It works but I couldn't get the video to work, so that is a link to where it plays, unless Brian knows how.

This is a brown hawker female ovipositing (laying eggs) into soft plant material where the larva will hatch in due course. I was very pleased to see this as it is fairly secretive behaviour. Any insect is very vulnerable when laying eggs and is easily put off so I was careful in my approach.

Brown Hawker ovipositing
by Peter Willmott, on Flickr

After taking a few pictures I tried a little hand held video. That was shot with the same lens 40-150 plus teleconverter on the EM5mk2. The camera has really good stability in video mode and this short piece of video (i minute) might explain a bit more of the behaviour.

Brown hawkers are fairly active dragonflies, they tend to patrol up and down rather than perch so I am very happy to have been able to get close and get some different images.
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