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Thursday 28 April 2011

Vagrant Emperor at Llanilid

Great news from Llanilid, where Paul Roberts has reported seeing a male Vagrant Emperor and says "It was hunting over fairly bare ground east of the pool at SS98368199." This species has been reported in recent weeks along the South coast of England and also a couple of reports from Pembroke in recent days. Well worth looking out for.

Damselflies at Crymlyn Bog

Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) 
 The recent run of exceptional weather has certainly got the damselfly activity into full swing at Crymlyn Bog. Large Red, Azure, Variable and Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) all noted today. 4 Large Red Damselflies were noted today. 1 pair of Common Blue Damselfly was the least abundant species today.
Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion pulla)
 6+ Azure Damselflies were noted including a mating pair.
Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum)
 The distribution of this species seems to be restricted, certainly in recent years, to this area and along the Tennant Canal within VC41. I would estimate that there were far more Variables than Azure present today and put the quantity in the region of 20 or more.

The female Variable Damselfly (above) was found quite some distance away from the main group and on closer inspection I found that it was eating a small Crane Fly or something similar.

One ovipositing tandem Variable Damselfly pair (above) was observed in the small pool accessed via the boardwalk. However, the bulk numbers of this species were observed in the pool nearest the carpark.

Chasers at Crymlyn Bog

Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)
 An afternoon visit to Crymlyn Bog this afternoon was rewarding, with Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chaser and also Hairy Dragonflies (Brachytron pratense) present showing in the small pools and wet fields around the carpark. At least 5 Broad-bodied Chasers were favouring the bushes around the wet fields.
Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula depressa)
At least 2 Four-spotted Chaser were found along the flooded ditch with 1 Hairy Dragonfly also patrolling along here. Not far from the carpark in one of the ponds accessed by via the boardwalk 6+ Hairy Dragonflies were present. A copulating pair and also a lone female ovipositing making up the numbers here.

Sunday 24 April 2011

Four-spotted Chaser at Margam Moors

Four-spotted Chaser
On a glorious day 2 Four-spotted Chaser were seen around Margam Moors today. This one was basking in the sun high up in a tree near the South-east corner of the moors. Another was seen in flight flying over the reedbed of the kenfig rivermarsh.
Meanwhile, nearby at Kenfig Pool, David Carrington reported good numbers of Hairy Dragonflies in flight there.