Friday, 6 June 2014

June Gems.

It was idyllic at my local pond yesterday afternoon in the early summer sunshine.It was not long before I saw a male Emperor quartering his patch along with two male Downy Emeralds.I was very fortunate to come across one of the latter perched on a section of bank favoured by most dragonflies at this site and it allowed some close views.Other species here included several Large Red,and the common Azure Damselfly.
A short walk to some nearby ponds yielded first records of the year for  Emerald Damselflies and half a dozen recently emerged Common Darters. These were in the company of an ovipositing Emperor and a patrolling male Broad-bodied Chaser.
Photo of ovipositing Emperor dragonfly  very kindly provided by Barb Close.