13 June, 2014

On the edge of a slippery slope

June is around about the time of year when I start to get overly excited for the upcoming Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) season. Being a relative newbie to the order, it's nice to be able to wander through water meadows and appreciate these dainty little hunters for their absolute beauty without feeling the same urgent need to find, identify and record as I do when looking for moths. 

The first two beauties were found around the picturesque ponds at Runnymede yesterday, whilst the others are from Esher Common a few days before.

Emerald Damselfly- think I've only seen this species before, and it was certainly no less exciting to stumble across it again! 

Azure Damselfly

Common Blue Damselfly

Large Red Damselfly

Give it a week and I'll be twitching White-faced Darter in Shropshire.

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