I'm currently on 15 species of Odonata for the year in Shropshire and I wasn't expecting to add to that whilst looking for Butterflies! That is until an Emperor Dragonfly turned up whilst phographing Silver-studded Blues! A check of the the nearby pool and another one from the footpath gave a tally of seven on the wing here!
Saturday, 12 June 2021
It's been ten years since I put in an appearance at Prees Heath for the Silver-studded Blue Butterflies! Too long as they made a perfect morning weather-wise even more special!
I'd missed the main emergence but there was one male sat on a bramble, letting the final fold in the wing unwrap!
Saturday, 5 June 2021
Another Lepidoptera mission with Dave Chapman - this time to the Wyre Forest and a bit of catch up on the butterflies for me! First up for me however was a Woodland Dor Beetle(Anoplotrupes stercorosus) scuttling across the path!
Sunday, 30 May 2021
Always go back! After my last session at Whixall Moss, I had been missing female and a nice mature male White-faced Darter. It was a perfect day with quite a few on the wing...
Here's an immature female recognisable from the thicker parallel abdomen and with the opaque wings...
A teneral / immature male
An near mature male next with the red markings still showing a hint of yellow below the thorax...
Thursday, 27 May 2021
Keeping the Clubtails company, there were dozens of Banded Demoiselles freshly emerged too. It would be a tough decision to find a more colourful Damsel?
Here's the 'unbanded' female...
It's been nine years since I turned my attention to Common Clubtails and a chance visit to Shrewsbury Quarry proved to be my most successful mission yet with at least 10 seen!
Some were simple flyovers or disturbed and quickly gone but there were some pics to be had as they don't seem fussy regarding their perches! Any vegetation flowers of Dandelion in seed will do!
This very obliging female bears witness to that statement...
Tuesday, 18 May 2021
I had planned to spend most of the day on the Moss but roughly 40 mins into the session, a rather nasty thunderstorm scuppered that - I was soaked to the skin! Never mind, at least I didn't get struck by lightning and I did at least see my main target (at the third visit). A super fresh teneral male White-faced Darter!