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Wednesday, 20 July 2011


A visit to Kibblesworth Pools for Dragonflies found 2-3 Emperor Dragonflies, a Black-tailed Skimmer, and Common Hawker reported but I did not see it and some teneral Common Darter many of which lifted from the pool and headed over to the trees for cover ,numerous Grayling around the weather again changeable . Looking at my notes for last year Dragonflies where more abundant and out much earlier than this year , so what is the governing  factor the very good April and part of May seems to have had no affect on early emergence here in the North, yet in the South many species had emerged  earlier.  

Common Darter with cellophane wings 

 When in flight with legs help up  the stiff hairs  form a sort of basket which helps to catch small insects
 Just what can they see with those huge compound eyes.
 Grayling absorb heat by facing side on to the sun sometimes tilting over to get the most  from the sun


Citybirding said...

Super close up pics Brian

Northumbrian Birding said...

Thanks Dick Thats my old Nikon 4500 .
Southern Hawker at Cobalt Pools Tues.