It just might be an effort in vain trying to add words to describe the image above. In fact, words fail me on this. Thankfully, no words are needed. Maybe, just “silhouette sunset“.
“Hakuro Nishiki”. Sounds like a character from a Manga (Japanese comic) 🙂
An ornamental plant, the dappled willow (“Hakuro Nishiki” in Japanese)is a species of willow native to northeastern China, Japan, Korea and Primorsky Krai in the far southeast of Russia. It is widely grown for its variegated foliage, with the leaves strongly mottled with patches and blotches of white and pale pink, as seen in the photo.
Nostalgic of my entomology roots, I researched some interesting facts about the species.
39-48mm in length, the brown colour and the four spots at the nodus of the wings make them unmistakable.
Sexes can be differentiated by closely observing the structure of the appendages at the end of the abdomen. The upper appendages are more ‘separated’ in the females than in the males.
Habitat & Behavior:
Found mainly by ponds, vernal pools, and slow flowing rivers between the months of May and September, the male is considered to be highly aggressive and will defend a given territory from incursions from other males of the species. The male is known to form preferences for prominent perches and will often return to the same perches around the margins of pools and ponds whilst it patrols for intruders.
Photo taken in early May 2014, Remshalden, Baden-Württemberg, Germany