Though not unheard of it is fairly unusual to see such large prey being taken like this, and these are both species present in Shropshire so an interesting observation!
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
This is definitely a Shropshire based blog, but by accident I was sent a record from northern France by Steve Davenport and thought it was definitely worth sharing. Steve observed an Emperor Dragonfly Anax imperator in hot pursuit of a Southern Hawker Aeshna cyanea. Assuming this was a territorial 'send off' he was then amazed to see the Emperor attack the Southern Hawker pinning it to the ground on it's back and sinking it's jaws into the thorax- which apparently he could also clearly hear! The photos below explain all: