Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Common Blues emerging in good numbers

At Ditchford today, despite the overcast weather, I saw around 100 Common Blue Damselflies emerging and fluttering along the hedgerow. In amongst them were around 20 Red-eyed Damselfly. Both were in their typical juvenile colouration, with the Red-eyes looking especially drab (see above) showing none of the beautiful colour they will obtain in a few days. At the water margin, many more were emerging with plenty of exuviae. Four Hairy Dragonfly were emerging too, including the one above with a mal-formed wing. I think she is ~1 day old looking at her colouration compared with the others that had just emerged today.