Wednesday, 30 April 2014

3 more species appear

Despite the misty morning conditions, today turned out really warm and sunny at lunchtime. I returned to Ditchford to see what was around and my first sighting was of a Red-eyed Damselfly taking its maiden flight. This was followed by several more, Blue-tailed Damselflies and Common Blue Damselflies. I was attracted by the two bright blue spots on the back of the eyes on the Blue-tailed, as you can see in the picture below. The male Common Blue was turning blue, so must be a couple of days old. There were also 6 emerging Hairy Dragonflies and another 8 new exuviae.  One of the Hairys had damaged wings, possibly due to the cool misty conditions. The damage wasn't as bad as I have seen before, so he may yet survive. I was surprised that there were no Azure Damselflies as they often emerge at the same time as these others.

Red-eyed Damselfly

Blue-tailed Damselfly - note the blue spots on the top of the eyes

Common Blue Damselfly

Common Blue Damselfly exuvia

Male Hairy Dragonfly

Hairy Dragonfly with damaged wings

Male Hairy Dragonfly with exuvia