Saturday, 1 June 2013

Downy Emeralds and Broad-bodied Chasers

I took a walk around Yardley Chase this morning, with gloomy conditions. The sun finally broke through a gave good temperatures. I collected many Downy Emerald exuviae and found one emerging. Several Four-spotted Chasers were also emerging. On the wing were Azure Damselflies, Large Red Damselflies and a Hairy Dragonfly. Looking through my exuviae collection at home, I realised that one was a Broad-bodied Chaser, so that means all three Chasers are now out. During the walk back, through a woodland ride I spotted a Downy Emerald at rest low down in the trees - not something you se very often.

Emerging Downy Emerald

Resting male Downy Emerald

Emerging Four-spotted Chaser