Friday, 1 August 2014

End of July Update

As summer reaches its peak, we are just about at that time where the number of species has reached a maximum.

At Irthlingborough Lakes on Saturday 26 July, there were plenty of Black-tailed Skimmers, Ruddy Darters, Brown Hawkers, the usual damselflies and a few Emperors. I didn't see any adults, but found many Migrant Hawker exuviae although I have had a few adults buzzing around my garden.

At Tywell, Broad-bodied Chasers are still in evidence with a few Ruddy Darters and Emerald Damselflies.

The River Ise still has good numbers of White-legged Damselflies, both at Burton Latimer Pocket Park and the bridge at Harrowden. Many pairs ovipositing and in-cop at both sites. At the pocket park were also many Common Darters, Brown Hawkers, and Banded Demoiselle.

Ruddy Darter at Irthlingborough Lakes

Black-tailed Skimmer at Irthlingborough Lakes

Tandem White-legged Damselflies on the River Ise

Mating White-legged Damselflies

Male White-legged Damselfly

Broad-bodied Chaser at Twywell Hills & Dales