Gomphus pulchellus Updated 2009UK: Western Clubtail DE: Westliche Keiljungfer FR: Gomphe joli NL: Plasrombout
The following picture shows a typical lake where G. pulchellus is present in large numbers. The same lake also holds a large number of A. mixta.
Gomphus pulchellus - Female
Gomphus pulchellus - Just emerged female
Gomphus pulchellus - Male
Gomphus pulchellus - Just emerged male
Gomphus pulchellus - exuvia
Gomphus vulgatissimus Updated 2009UK: Club-tailed Dragonfly DE: Gemeine Keiljungfer FR: Gomphus très commun NL: Beekrombout This is a common dragonfly species that can be spotted frequently nearby large rivers like the Donau and the river Rhine. Pictures shown here were taken in Vienna Austria and the Rheinaue, Germany.
Gomphus vulgatissimus - Female
Gomphus vulgatissimus - MaleSometimes the observer becomes the observed :-)
Ophiogomphus ceciliaUK: Green Club-tailed Dragonfly DE: Grüne Flussjungfer FR: Gomphe serpentin NL: Gaffellibel
Ophiogomphus cecilia - Female
I had a great time shooting this series, perfect weather conditions, right time of day, love the final results. Did not manage to find this dragonfly species again during the past few years so that makes it even more special. One of the key identification marks of this species is the small yellow crown shaped feature on the top of her head.
Onychogomphus forcipatusUK: Green-eyed Hooktail DE: Die Kleine Zangenlibelle FR: Gomphus à pinces NL: Kleine tanglibel O. forcipatus is one of my personal favorites, the hook looks fearsome even more when it casts a shadow. This could be a being from outer space :-) I encounter O. forcipatus from time to time but always only one individual never a group or a female, just one. The rivers preferred by O. forcipatus must be clear and slow flowing. They prefer perching rocks and are not easily startled. On the occasions I encountered O. forcipatus, it shared its biotope with C. boltonii, O. brunneum (same river system) and S. danae/L. depressa (where the river ended in a lake).
Onychogomphus forcipatus - Female New 2010
Onychogomphus forcipatus - Male