Nature, red in tooth and claw (1)

I've seen very few dragonflies this year. Yesterday, the sun was out and I saw dozens of dragonflies.

Usually when I approach dragonflies they buzz off. This one had just caught prey (some sort of bee) in mid-flight and had settled to devour it. I got a few photographs.

Golden-ringed dragonfly - Cordulegaster boltonii

Magnificent creature. About 8cm long. Female.

I was lucky, I had a real camera with me, rather than just my smartphone.

I wouldn't have managed it had the dragonfly not stopped for lunch.

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