Thursday, 17 August 2017

Watching Dragonflies

Although there have been plenty of warm sunny spells during the last couple of weeks, weather conditions have also been blighted by persistent strong breezes which tend to hamper insect photography.
 
One of my favourite downland dew-ponds is reasonably sheltered from such winds and on Pevensey Levels, you can usually find a few ditches in the lee of a reed bed or willow scrub where dragonfly activity continues in relative calm. 
 
 
Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) (ovipositing female at a downland dew-pond)
 

 

 
 
Wall (Lasiommata megera) (male sheltering in the lee of a chalk bank)

 
 
Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis) (female sheltering in a maize crop on Pevensey Levels)

 
 
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) (female basking in the early morning sunshine)

 
 
Several individuals of this striking moth have been attracted to the garden light trap in the last couple of weeks.
 Just look at those fantastic antennae!
 
 
Black Arches (Lymantria monacha) (male)



 

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