My car was in for a service on Thursday, which turned out to be a great day as the sun was warm and bright, a big change from the previous few days. I wasn't able to go far from work, so took a walk up the River Ise and found several Large Red Damselflies by the river. Judy & Terry Wood had more luck around Polebrook and Barnwell Country Park, recording Banded Demoiselles on the Nene, Common Blues, Azure, Large Reds, Red-eyes and a Hairy. At Polebook Airfield they saw a Broad-bodied Chaser.
Thursday marked a monumental change at Weetabix, with a new dress code that allows me to wear shorts all the time (I work in the offices not production, so my hairy legs won't contaminate your cereal) although I do visit the factories occasionally and therefore need work trousers just in case. Anyway, not only do I feel cooler, but shorts will help me on my lunchtime trips as I can now kneel to get shots and IDs without fear of going back with dirty knees. On Friday, I was able to visit Ditchford where I saw Common Blues, a few Azures, Blue-tails and Red-eyes as well as a few more Hairy exuviae.
|Immature female Common Blue Damselfly|
|Immature female Blue-tailed Damselfly of the form Violacea|
|Immature Male Blue-tailed Damselfly|
|Immature male Red-eyed Damselfly|
|Broad-bodied Chaser (Judy & Terry Wood)|
|Male Banded Demoiselle (Judy & Terry Wood)|