Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Late spring in the Auvergne (France) - 2013
What I was hoping for however were lots of Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo). The location looked perfect: cool flowing water in a stream with trees around. But nothing to see. After a week, I spotted one single individual.
Luckily that one turned out to be first of many. During the next days there were dozens of them. All had brown wings, even the males. Males are supposed to have blue wings, but young males appear to have brown wings, just like females.
For the rest, I did not see many odonata species. A couple of Broad-bodied Chasers (Libellula depressa) and, near an artificial lake two Red-veined Darters (Sympetrum fonscolombii). That was it. Just a little bit disappointing.