Saturday, 26 May 2012

Scarce Chasers at Waddenhoe

Scarce Chaser

Female Banded Demoiselle eating a Mayfly.

Male Banded Demoiselle

At lunchtime on 25 May, I visited The Nene at Waddenhoe. It was quite breezy but this didn't stop 100+ Banded Demoiselle fluttering along the margins of the river. A male Hairy was patrolling the river and a female had just completed her emergence. The highlight was seeing up to 40 Scarce Chaser take their maiden flight and promptly land low down on the grasses in the field. There were many recently hatched Mayfly around too, providing good food for the Banded Demoiselles.