Thursday, 23 June 2016

Sun Dragons

Hot and sunny at last. Still no birds, but at least some dragons are out. A trip to Kibblesworth yesterday gave the year's first Common Darter, but not a great deal else, as although warm, it was pretty cloudy most of the time we were there. Today was much livelier with the year's first 2 Emperor, 50+ Four-spotted Chaser, 15+ Common Darter, 2 Black-tailed Skimmer and a Broad-bodied Chaser. The grass around the pond was full of damsels of four species, but surprisingly few butterflies.

Four-spotted Chaser ( damsel exuviae on reed behind)
Common Darter
Northern Marsh Orchid
At the bridge over the Team at Lamesley at least 15 Banded Demoiselle were putting on a superb display, dancing over the water. I don't have the lens to do them justice, so go and have a look.

Banded Demoiselle

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