Friday, 10 July 2015

Loads of Dragon/Damselflies and some Butterflies

Had a visit to Broadwater warren this morning. Concentrated on the Decoy pond and area around the car park where there seems to be a lot of Buterflies.
Around the car park there were indeed lots of Butterflies. In the car park inself, Large White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper and Ringlet. Did see a dragonfly briefly but couldn't relocate it.
In the next area after the first gate loads of Ringlet and Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown. Further down the track just in the long grass Small Skipper and another Dragonfly, which I think was a Common Darter but only saw it in flight.

It was perfect weather for Insects and the pond didn't disappoint. Azure blue, Large Red Damselfly, Emperor Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser, Broad-bodied Chaser, Small red Damselfly, Downy Emerald and Emerald Damselfly.

Azure Damselfly - Coenagrion puella

Large red Damselfly - Pyrrhosoma nymphula

Emperor Dragonfly - Anax imperator

the backround doesn't help in these photos as it clashes too much

Emerald Damselfly - Lestes spansa
Happy to be corrected but think it is Emerald.

Also got a decent wood ant shot in the fact you can see it is one. Got another mystery fly. Also heard back from an expert who told me that what I thought was a plasterer bee was actually a Digger Wasp of the Crabro genus, a Slender-bodied Digger which is either C.peltarius or C.cribrarius as these are in this area. There is a difference on the male foreleg but my photos don't show enough detail to tell which.

The Digger Wasp

Butterflies tomorrow. Hopefully some new ones.

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