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Tuesday, 18 August 2015
After a long night moth trapping at Merthr Mawr Saturday/Sunday and not alot of sleep after, I decided to keep it local and spent a couple of hours at Llanerch Wood. Just like Howard last week there were plenty of Blue-tailed Damsels and a few Common Blues, I also found the Red-eyed Damsels on the lily pads with this pair ovipositing. On the Dragon front there was a male Emperor patroling both pools and a couple of male Common Darters on the foot-paths. As I was about to leave I found this male Beautiful Demoiselle perched on a small oak tree by the pool.
Thursday, 13 August 2015
Called into Parc Slip on Wednesday for a short walk. Lots of Blue-tailed and Azure damsels around the pond near the visitor centre and a very nice Golden-ringed Dragonfly made a very brief appearance which made up for the lack of anything else.
Quite a few Common Darters at the pond near the Northern Wetlands hide, with several pairs in tandem. The pond was being patrolled by a male Emperor but it wouldn't sit for a photo. A lot of Blue-tailed damsels here as well.
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Tried to find the reservoir tucked away in the forestry but came across the Daerwonno Outdoor Centre which lucky for me had a pool. Around the pool were lots of Common Blue Damsels resting on the reeds and grasses, also found was a single female Common Darter. There was a hawker flying around the pool and the nearby clearing but did not settle but I did find this female Southern Hawker new emergence along with its Exuviae, just had time to get some photos before the rain set in. I will have to visit another day.
Thursday, 6 August 2015
Several Common Blue and lots of Blue-tailed Damselflies around the pond margins and sitting on the lily pads. Also saw Red-eyed Damselflies in tandem - never seen these before! As I was returning to the car, there was one of the colour variants of Blue-tailed ( I think) sitting on the path - quite oblivious to me and others passing by.
|Common Blue Damselfly|
|Blue-tailed Damselfly ?|
Wednesday, 5 August 2015
After a nice cup of coffee in the cafe I went around to the small pool behind the visitors centre where there was alot of Azures and a few Blue-tailed Damsels with alot of the Azures in tandem, on a bullrush stem I picked up a male Golden-ringed Dragon. I then went to the small pool near to the first bird hide where a Emperor male was patroling. I then received a phone call which cut short my stay so I will have to go back at a later date.
Started off at Kenfig but got there too early as apart from some Common Blues and Blue-tailed Damsels there was nothing else on the wing until the sun came out and it warmed up. At the pools at the back of the lake were some Emerald Damsels, I saw Two male Emperors patroling and One male Four-spotted Chaser, there were plenty of Common Darters about but mainly females. Walking back along the East side of the lake I did find a few Black-tailed Skimmers some copulating and One Red-veined Darter with another Emperor patroling near the beach area.