Thursday 20 August 2020

Southern Emerald Damselflies Show At Last.

Two months after my last sighting of Lestes barbarus at Yarmouth a single female was seen today. Interestingly enough although on site, she was not particularly close to the two breeding scrapes and disappointingly she gave me the slip soon after discovery.
However it is pleasing to know that they are there and perhaps still in dispersal mode.

Friday 7 August 2020

Small Red-eyes at Stag Lane Pond.

Stag Lane pond is situated near to Newport on the Isle of Wight and close to the Dodnor Creek Nature Reserve bordering the River Medina.The pond is a renowned fishing lake and also a place for many species of odonata.At this time of year Small Red-eyed Damselflies abound and today under cloudy skies but high temperatures of over 30 degrees celcius several males were resting on pondside foliage.

Thursday 6 August 2020

Southern Migrant Hawker Defends Pond Against Rival.

At Bouldnor Forest ponds today the male Southern Migrant Hawker was patrolling his rapidly diminishing pond in spite of the attentions of another male.It would seem that this site has a very suitable habitat for this species as other ponds on the site have dried up too,save two that have a low water level and are guarded by  male Emperor Dragonflies. 
At the Southern Emerald  scrapes only a female Lestes sponsa was recorded and it is hoped that soon Lestes barbarus will return to breed.