Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Pevensey Levels Come Alive

I have been out on Pevensey Levels a couple of times in the last few days and the waterways and reed beds are alive with dragonflies and damselflies. Red-eyed, Variable and Blue-tailed Damselflies were everywhere and several patrolling Four-spotted Chasers have appeared since my last visit. The Small China-mark moth is a waterside specialist and has also emerged in large numbers.
Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma najas) (male)

Small China-mark (Cataclysta lemnata) (female)

Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum) (mating)

Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans) (female; form rufescens)

The breeding season is now underway for the Fen Raft Spider. Two mature females were seen amongst the water weeds but were well out of my camera range. One was swollen with eggs but the other had her egg sac under close attendance. 
Fen Raft Spider (Dolomedes plantarius) (sub-adult female)

Fen Raft Spider (D.plantarius) (adult male)

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