Saturday 12 September 2020

Around The Reservoir.

Over the past couple of weeks I've had a few trips to the local reservoir looking for butterflies and dragonflies that use the area for feeding.  With the Fleabane in full bloom a large number of insects nectar on this flower and the dragonflies hunt those smaller insects.

Several Clouded Yellow have been seen during this time and Small Copper have also been very evident. Some of the larger butterflies have also been taking advantage of the abundant Blackberries ripening on the Bramble bushes.

Clouded Yellow.

Common Darter.

Comma Under-side.


Female Migrant Hawker.


Male Migrant Hawker.

Male Southern Hawker.

Female Wasp Spider.


  1. Hi Bob,
    Great to see the Clouded Yellows down there. It has been a strange year here, with a glorious start to the year and then a dreadful summer. Your Comma reminds me that I saw a hutchinsoni form here, which I have never seen before. Also a second generation of Small Tortoiseshells, again, something I haven't seen here. Maybe both a result of the good spring. It has been a great year for Odonata here, too.

  2. Thanks Nick. I have enjoyed reading your blogs from your new home and wishing I could get back to Scotland again. Good to hear from you and hope all is well there.