I had just over an hour to burn yesterday lunchtime in the Crowborough area so I decided to return to Old Lodge to see if I could find the Black Darter again.
At the car park there was a large area of fleabane that the butterflies were enjoying including a couple of Silver Washed Fritillaries, Peacock, many Gatekeepers and this very bright Painted Lady.
It was then on to the small acid ponds where a tiny male Black Darter was flying around the water. It generally perched well out of reach, but once, it perched on a reed stem nearby. This male was now displaying its full adult colours.
Once again Small Red Damselflies were around the pond with several mating pairs.