|Mute Swan with cygnet|
|Drinker Moth caterpillar|
After my shift was over, I decided to look for dragonflies along the meadow trail. There were plenty of them about, including the other insect icon of the Broads, the Norfolk hawker. It was another tick off my list. I also saw lots of hairy dragonflies, 4-spot chasers, red-eyed damselflies, a male scarce chaser and a swimming grass snake! Apart from the Norfolk hawkers and the red-eyed damselflies, none of the other species mentioned would stay still long enough for their photo to be taken. Looking closely to the vegetation along the edge of the ditch, I was lucky enough to find a dragonfly exuviae. This is basically the moulted exoskeleton of a dragonfly larva as it makes the dramatic transformation into an adult dragonfly.