A strong easterly wind was evident today during a visit to Bouldnor Forest at Yarmouth.At the Southern Emerald ponds water is still to be seen although drying out is imminent barring any heavy rainfall.The only dragonfly to be recorded in numbers here was the Ruddy Darter, with several males now taking up position around the ponds.At the other ponds on the site Black-tailed Skimmers dominanted.
Friday 28 June 2019
Tuesday 25 June 2019
Today at my garden pond I recorded my first ovipositing Emperor Dragonfly of the season.She was watched closely at times by the ponds resident damselflies as she flitted over the frogbit laying eggs in floating dead reed leaves.
Saturday 22 June 2019
The month of June has been very changeable, but we are promised a period of summery weather this weekend.Yesterday was one such day and a visit to the Southern Emerald site at Yarmouth was rewarded with a lone male in the scrub, of low bramble,gorse, and long grass between the two breeding scrapes.I can only surmise that any emergent that has come from these scrapes has dispersed and will return when conditions are right.The water levels are high for this time due to this month's rainfall and I assume that when dry it will suit this species.
Now that the summer seems to have arrived,at least for now,a first sight of a Southern Hawker this year at Bouldnor Forest,Yarmouth.This immature male was seen along the road to the old WW2 Gun Battery.
Tuesday 18 June 2019
Yesterday was fine,warm, and sunny and one of the very few good days of the month so far.Unfortunately we have not had many of those sort of days recently with cold winds and high rainfall.Sightings of Southern Emerald Damselflies at Yarmouth have been nil since the 6th June when one was recorded.I am still hoping that when summer does arrive numbers will recover.
In a way of consolation, close by the ponds was a female Large Red Damselfly of the form melanotum. I do not know how common this form is,but it was a first for me.
Tuesday 11 June 2019
Another Emperor emerged from the garden pond today.A total of nine that I know of so far this season.It must be said that I feared the worst, as after some leg movement while in the process of leaving the exuvia, this individual stopped moving for some time.Anyway it must have been resting, as soon it had turned and continued to get the body ready for the first flight.
Thursday 6 June 2019
After drawing a blank at Yarmouth on Monday last, I was pleased to see male Southern Emerald Damselflies today.However it was only two males and probably just one as I cannot be sure that the same individual was not spotted on two occasions.This sighting was again at the larger of the two breeding ponds.I say ponds,but in fact there is no visible sign of water at either.Once again this damselfly was spotted in the reeds of the pond and not at the margins. Let us hope that my next visit will see an increase in numbers.
Monday 3 June 2019
Saturday 1 June 2019
Over the past week or so three Emperor Dragonfly exuviae have been found on my garden pond.This morning another Emperor emerged and lingered on a reed preparing for his first flight.Unfortunately as can be seen from the following photos the wings were deformed.However I am pleased to say that after about three hours he took off into cover.