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Saturday, 30 May 2009

Butterflies & Damselflies 29-5-09

A run out on the bike to check the local ponds for Dragonflies etc: cycling down a track a small butterfly lifted and past me , Speckled Wood it flitted off but turned and re-settled on Bramble from where it had come, always keeping its wings closed, it has damage on one wing but chased anything that came near, very nice to see especially as it was the first of the year, Blue Tailed & Common Blue out in small numbers at the first stop but too far for photographs, but the next pond held much larger numbers of Azure & Common Blue, with also several Large red Damselflies,good numbers of Peacock & whites, also a couple of Orange Tips, but no Painted lady,stopped at Holywell pond but it was too nice a day for hides and as there was not much about headed back out, still a few Lapwing chicks on the flash in the field, a couple of Grey Partridge flushed but rather quiet on the bird front, although Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat singing at most locations.
always sat with it's wings closed , could be the damage or the fact it was very warm in this area it was resting

Usually they just flit off but this sat around for some time

Speckled Wood, showing a lot of damage to the wing, I think this is a female

First Comma of the year also showing damage , but it is harder to tell with the species

Common Blue Damselfly

Large Red Damselfly

Azure Damselfly

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