Black, yellow and wonderful

In March 2012 we mentioned in a blog article the owlfly dragonfly or Owly sulfur (L. Libelloides coccajus, Fr. l’Ascalaphe soufré / Ascalaphe libellule), an insect that appears here in the Gers in the month of May. Well, it’s May once more and the owlflies are back and we’ve been lucky enough to take some really great photographs of them.

These are reasonably large insects (upto 3.5 cms) that dart about in the long grass, apparently quite rare, perhaps locally abundant where orchids and butterflies gather.

For more information: http://www.galerie-insecte.org/galerie/libelloides_coccajus.html and http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libelloides_coccajus.