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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Mostly dragonflies and a butterfly

I managed to get out for a couple of hours this afternoon, and went to Woodwalton Fen. It was rather cold and windy (and I had the pleasure standing in the open during a brief hailstorm!) but in the more sheltered rides there were a few dragonflies and butterflies.

This Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) must have very recently emerged. His wings are very milky and he hasn't even opened them yet...

Areas that have not been mown this year (but were last year) have new reed stems up to about 50cm in height. These were where dragonflies and damselflies were most numerous.
There were plenty of Large Reds...

 ...several Hairy Dragonflies...

 ...immature Scarce Chasers...

...and even this Small Copper butterfly.

There are a lot of Flag Irises in flower at the moment. I found this one in a nice position with a reflection of the blue sky behind it.