Sunday, 1 May 2016

More Large Reds

With The Wood's sighting in their garden and another report of Large Reds at the pond at Fineshades, I went out to find my own Large Reds. I hunted through several ponds with no luck and was just about to give up when I spotted an emergent very low down in some reeds. I promptly found 3 more to give a total of 4. The fourth was taking its maiden flight while the other three were perched alongside their exuviae. One of the emergent had fallen out of its exuvia, and when I rescued it I saw bobbles of fluid on its wings, which suggests the veins had been damaged. I am not sure if he will survive.

Male with damaged wings