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Thursday, 6 June 2013

Neath Canal, last month

Variable Damselfly
I've made a couple of visits to the Neath Canal (Penrhiwtyn), last month once on the 18th and another about a week later. Both visits were a little disappointing for numbers. The canal had already been cleared of surface Water Lillies by the 19/5/13 and damselflies were pretty much non-existent from the towpath. There are a few sheltered spots between the canal and square pond, well away from any water, where I've found damselflies in small numbers in the past. This year thus far, these same sheltered spots seem to be the most reliable place to get good views of damselflies. I saw the above Variable Damselfly on the 19/5/13 with a few Large Reds. My second visit found Common Blue, Azure, Blue-tailed and Large Red Damselflies in small numbers. Hopefully this recent run of good weather and temps, along with another weeks worth of Water Lilly emergence will find a few more damselflies along the canal, and hopefully include some Red-eyed Damselflies amongst them?

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