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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly at Crymlyn Burrows

male Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly
I was quite surprised to find this male Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly at Crymlyn Burrows, today. It was found in flight around a small pool which is located at the boundary with Earlswood Golf Course (SS72359327). I tend to associate this species with more upland habitats, but the pool itself looks perfect for them. One interesting thing is that this pond floods on the very high tides and therefore the water must experience temporary increase to it's salinity. I'm not sure whether that rules this pond out for possible long term presence by Scarce Blue-tails and this male was the only one observed to be present today? However, the weather was very changeable with only brief periods of sunshine and my visit occurred briefly before midday. Better conditions may well produce better numbers?

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