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Migrant Hawker Ovipositing
Comments(1) # Migrant Hawker Ovipositing london e17

The Migrant Hawker if one of the Dragons that one sees through until late summer and autumn so I wasn't that surprised to come across this one the other day at one of the local ponds. It was, however, nice to come across her ovipositing. For that is what she's doing. Laying eggs, in other words. And she's doing it into the leaves of the flag irises about four inches above the water level which is characteristic of this species. This is presumably since they are originally an immigrant species from Southern Europe from areas where the late summer water level is somewhat lower than that of the early spring one. Thus the eggs are laid safely out of the way of any aquatic predators in a position which will not be under water until the following spring, when they hatch. I'm not sure how well this practice is going to work on this East London pond (particularly with the wet summer we've had) as the water level is unlikely to rise another four inches. I'll try to keep an eye on it. Meanwhile tomorrow we'll see the return of an old favourite to LDNP along with some news of a vaguely interactive element I'd like to try out. Canon EOS 40D
150 mm
400 ISO
1/200 sec
f 11
Flash: Fired