Friday, 9 August 2013

Ashdown Again

 
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.
 

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