Saturday, 16 May 2015

Dragons and Damsels.

It has been quite a week with many interesting insects. During the week I've seen my first Common Blue and Adonis Blue of the year. On Frog Firle a mating pair of Wall Brown as well as a mating pair of Wasp Beetles.




Mating Wall Brown.




Mating Wasp Beetles.


On Wednesday another survey at the private wood for Butterfly Conservation resulted in a good count of butterflies including at least 7 Painted Lady and a Clouded Yellow. Silver Y moths are also another migrant insect with numbers building up. It is looking good for a migrant butterfly year!! During the survey there were also several Dragonflies and Damselflies showing with Broad-bodied Chasers and Hairy Dragonflies. 




Teneral Male Broad-bodied Chaser.




Male Hairy Dragonfly.



I also noticed several male Large Red Damselflies holding territory around a small pond. They kept landing on some leaves in the pond showing their silhouette through the leaves. I managed to get one interesting shot of one, despite having to kneel in the mud. I was very lucky to get the silhouette with an eye showing over the leaf.



Large Red Damselfly Eye.



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