Friday, 4 May 2018

Life in the Water Channels

I don't normally see the Fen Raft Spider (Dolomedes plantarius) on Pevensey Levels before the end of May but I saw my first one of the year nearly two weeks ago. That individual was too far away to photograph but yesterday I came across a handsome female resting amongst the ditch-side foliage and looking like she had recently undergone a skin-shed.
Fen Raft Spider (Dolomedes plantarius) (female)
The Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) has been on the wing for the last two weeks and numbers are steadily increasing but yesterday I saw my first Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum) of the year, with half a dozen seen on the wing.
Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) (teneral female)

Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum) (female)

Drinker Moth (Euthrix potatoria) (mid-instar larva feeding on grass sp.)

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