As we launch into October with sunny skies it will be interesting to see how the remaining dragonflies fare. Incoming records show a reasonable number of species still on the wing in the last couple of weeks though of course the temperatures aren’t as mild as they were. Buckinghamshire County Dragonfly Recorder Alan Nelson has been visiting the Shropshire Hills and sent this lovely photo of a Southern Hawker seen at Pole Cottage Pools on the Long Mynd. It illustrates how dragonflies can keep their head level whilst in flight regardless of other wing and body movements…all adding to their efficiency as formidable predators!
Please do keep me posted on late sightings and don’t forget to send in all your records by Christmas so I can have a good chance to analyse what’s been going on before writing the spring newsletter.