On the way towards the Atlantic Coast, we decided to prospect this last Sunday the lagoons around St Magne in the Landes region. Leucorrhinia are among the first odonata to emerge, their short flight period ending around mid-August. Still plentiful in central and eastern Europe, they can be found on few residual zones in France.
As it's usual with this species, the males start off their day lying flat on the surrounding ferns. Curiously this one, with parasites on the abdomen's last segments, was obstinately anxious to appear on many pics, mine as Patrick's! It was funny to discover it on our screens and to realize that we had photographed the same male repeatedly!