Monday, 1 August 2016

Black Darter.




A week after my first encounter with Black Darters on Thursley Common I returned to stake out a likely location next to the boardwalk.

It didn't take long before I was rewarded with a fairly close encounter as a male (see below) joined me for a brief rest on the boardwalk.







Several other males were also using the boards to rest and soak up the sunshine.

As the temperature rose a little there was plenty of activity over the oily acidic water but I found it impossible to capture either a singleton or a conjoined pair in flight. Locating a female (see below) took a little time as they tend to hide out of sight amongst the vegetation until disturbed by a territorial male.



As the males age the abdomen darkens and the yellow markings all but disappear.




Friday, 29 July 2016

The Emperor.

The Emperor (Anax imperator) our largest dragonfly. I located this male just hanging around during a recent wander at Thursley Common.







Monday, 18 July 2016

Just Resting.


Linking to:
Wild Bird Wednesday

Friday, 15 July 2016

White-legged Damsels.

I have previously posted images here of immature White-legged Damselflies (Platycnemis pennipes) and on my main blog that I discovered last month close to Flag Pond on my local woodland butterfly transect. 

Today I finally managed to find both the adult forms resting in the grassy area close to the muddy pond.

 An adult female (above) and the adult male (below).






Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Large Skipper.

Large Skipper (Ochlodes venata) captured using the 70-300mm lens plus 1.4x converter.