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Tuesday 28 June 2011

Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly near Banwen

Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura pumilio)
It was nice to find the Scarce Blue-tailed Damselflies that I came across last year were present in the same location this year. The pond that they favour is about 10m x 4m with a small amounts of marginal vegetation. The water is quite shallow and continually murky due to various off road vehicles that drive through it. In this case presenting very appealing conditions for this particular species. The pond can be found next to the Vale of Neath Walk about 1km from Banwen at SN85110897

Sunday 26 June 2011

Nantyffyllon today.

Teneral male Keeled skimmer.
Also two Goldring dragonflies on the wing.

Monday 20 June 2011

Aberdulais Basin

Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)
Finally managed to catch up with a Beautiful Demoiselle today, and now that I have I'm pretty sure I haven't overlooked them before! Not flying anyway. Although I didn't know it at the time the location is a good one to see them in NPT with Charles Hipkin noting them here on a few occasions and recorded by Barry Stewart also 9/8/07. Grid ref for today's sighting SS77449927

Nantyffyllon today.

Scarce blue tailed damselflies (Ischnura pumilio).

Nantyffyllon yesterday.

Beautiful demoiselle. Second record for the Llynfi valley.

Thursday 9 June 2011

Kenfig pool.

Blue tailed damselfly
Female Keeled skimmer
Female Black tailed skimmer.
Also plenty of Broad bodied chasers.

Wednesday 8 June 2011

Poland 2011

Just back from Poland [Bialowieza & Brebrza marshes]. The numbers of dragonflies out there were amazing. I estimate that at one site there were over a 1000 Downy Emeralds. Unfortunately I didn't take my net, so I couldn't catch and ID the damselflies.
Banded Demosielle
Beautiful Demosielle
Common Blue Damselfy
Azure Damselfly
Common Emerald Damselfly
Red-eyed Damselfly
Brilliant Emerald
Downy Emerald
Yellow-spotted Emerald
Black-tailed Skimmer
Keeled Skimmer
Blue Chaser
Broad-bodied Chaser
Four-spotted Chaser
Yellow-spotted Whiteface
Ruby Whiteface
Green-eyed Hawker
Ruddy Darter