Saturday, 2 June 2018

Southern Emeralds Are Back Again.

Yesterday under cloudy but bright conditions I made a visit to our only known site for Southern Emerald Damselflies Lestes barbarus on the Isle of Wight.Both scrape-like ponds were well watered and generously covered in reeds and horsetails.Although the sun refused to appear the temperature was about 17C and there was no breeze to talk of.
After a rather prolonged search around the ponds I came across three teneral individuals near to the margins.In time I spotted another four fluttering in from the ponds.During the hour that I was there the total of seven were encountered.
A count of twenty plus was also made of teneral Common Darters that are now emerging from the same ponds.