Thursday, 17 May 2018

A First Black-tailed Skimmer.

At Bouldnor Forest ponds today there were good numbers of Large Red Damselflies and many Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies emerging from the smaller ponds.Broad-bodied Chasers were also evident with several males and one or two females over the water.
It was not until waliking back along the forest track that I saw my first Black-tailed Skimmer of the year.This female was waiting patiently in the sun for prey.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Things Get Going at my Garden Pond.

The fine weather continues and activity at the garden pond has increased.There are now many Large Red Damselflies flying around and egg laying pairs can be seen on the water.Azure Damselflies have emerged over the last few days and today the first adult Broad-bodied Chaser arrived and immerdiately took up position on the perch put there for just this purpose.How long he has to wait for a female remains to be seen.

Friday, 11 May 2018

A Slow Start at a Local Pond.

This time last year the Red-eyed Damselflies were emerging from Dicksons pond near Newport.No such luck this year no doubt because of the poor weather of early spring.In fact no odonata were seen and the only sign of any dragonfly activity was this excuvia found on a bankside reed stem.This is the nymph case of a Broad-bodied Chaser,a common dragonfly at this time.   

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Back To Shalfleet Stream.

A return visit to Shalfleet this afternoon resulted in two sightings of Beautiful Demoiselles.This doubled the number that was recorded on the 6th of this month.Still,the weather conditions today were not good in spite of the sunshine.Temperatures were much lower and there was a stiff breeze.Demoiselles it seems like a sunny,warm and sheltered spot with plenty of prey passing by .
In contrast  to the individual seen on Sunday the male pictured below has somewhat matured and despite his brown wings the eyes are darkening and the thorax is showing that metallic blue-green.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Common Blues Sign In.

A visit to the stream at Southford near to the village of Niton today did not produce any sightings.It seems that the Banded Demoiselles are not yet on the wing.However close by is a reservoir and a known spot for Common  Blue Damselflies.Happily I managed to find three individuals all immature/teneral.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

The First Demoiselle.

A lunchtime walk along a local wooded stream at Shalfleet was made all the more enjoyable by the scent of wild garlic,lots of spring flowers, and plenty of Orange Tips hurrying by.The main purpose of my visit was to see the Beautiful Demoiselles and just one was on show.This immature male is perhaps the very first to emerge along this stretch of river this year. 

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Broad-bodied Chasers Fly In.

Following a brief sighting of a Broad-bodied Chaser a couple of days ago in the garden, this morning another flew in and promptly took up postion in a sunny spot.It seems that she is here to stay for the time being in the hope of meeting a male as my pond is very close by.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Large Reds Take Centre Stage.

A visit to Bouldnor Forest at Yarmouth today discovered only Large Red Damselflies at the old and new ponds.Numbers are on the increase with many new emergents fluttering around the ponds and heading for the safety of the trees and bushes.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Garden Pond Produces First Large Reds.

The spring emergence is now under way with the first damselfies appearing at my garden pond.Around noon at least two Large Red Damselfies made their journey out of the water and onto the reeds.No doubt others will be following in due course.

Monday, 23 April 2018

First Large Red's of the Season.

After last week's short heat wave temperatures returned to the seasonal norm over the weekend.The first Large Red Damselflies to emerge did not take advantage  of the recent very warm weather,however today they decided to make their appearance.At the Old Pond situated next to the WW2 Bouldnor Battery there were around four individuals in the surrounding reeds and not too far away at least six more amongst the gorse.