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Southern blue hawker male Southern blue hawker male in flight - Aeshna cyanea Aeshna cyanea,Aeshnidae,Animal,Animalia,Arthropoda,Bulgaria,Dendrarium Botanical Garden,Dragonfly,Europe,Fall,Geotagged,In flight,Insect,Insecta,Nature,Odonata,Southern Hawker,Southern blue hawker,Vitosha Mountain Nature Park Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

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  1. Great shot Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thank you, Ant! Posted 3 years ago
  2. A perfectly sharp flight shot! I went to the Dendrarium a month ago, I chased these guys for a while but didn't even come close to capturing one :( Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thank you, wildflower! They are highly territorial and chase intruders away. They fly over the territory often hovering for a second and are very curious. This one used to come about 30-40 cm in front of my face checking me! I noticed that they use to hover over the same places and plants frequently and I just sat down and waited - for 1 hour I shot about 50-60 frames and only 2, almost identical, are acceptable! Posted 3 years ago
  3. Nice shot* Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thank you! Posted 3 years ago
  4. Wow, amazing shot. I know how hard it is.
    You did a great job!
    Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thank you Wendy! Yes, sometimes it is very frustrating chasing insects to capture in flight, but it's worth it! Posted 3 years ago
  5. Fantastic Jivko! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thank you, Claire! Posted 3 years ago
  6. Amazing, Jivko! Posted 3 years ago
  7. Great shot. Nice looking dragonfly too. Posted 3 years ago

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The Southern Hawker or Blue Darner is a 70 millimetres long species of hawker dragonfly.

It is large, with a long body. It has green markings on the black bodies, and the male also has blue spots on the abdomen.

The Southern Hawker breeds in still or slow-flowing water, but will wander widely, and is often seen in gardens and open woodland. This is an inquisitive species and will approach people.

The adult eats various insects, caught on the wing. The nymphs feed.. more

Similar species: Dragonflies And Damselflies
Species identified by Jivko Nakev
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By Jivko Nakev

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Uploaded Oct 22, 2015. Captured Oct 13, 2015 14:42 in Unnamed Road, Bulgaria.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/2.8
  • 1/3200s
  • ISO500
  • 185mm