The Southern Hawker mystery

Over the past few weeks a number of Southern Hawker dragonflies have been found dead at the entrance to the Devon and Exeter Squash and Racketball Club in Exeter.

Southern hawker 1
Here is one I photographed over a week ago – I didn’t think much of it at the time until I heard another half a dozen had also been found in the same place.

Southern hawker 2
Here is another one – much fresher – the colours haven’t faded yet.

Here is the entrance to the Squash Club – the dragonflies were found near the DE/SR sign at the entrance
A bit of a mystery ….

My theory is that the dragonflies were drawn into the corridor as the lights had attracted various small flies and midges – their prey. Once they had fed on the flies they tried to leave by flying up to the glass window above the lights – they couldn’t get through and eventually ran out of puff and fell to the ground and died.

Never come across this before and fortunately seems to have stopped now.




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