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Sunday 29 September 2013

Lavernock NR & Cosmeston Lakes Today.

At Lavernock there where 30 + Common Darters on the small pools with at least 8 of them in tandem and ovipositing, plus 2 pairs of Migrant Hawkers copulating and 3 males patroling.

In and around Cosmeston I saw at least 8 male Migrant Hawkers and a few Common Darters.

Sunday 8 September 2013

Cosmeston Today

The pond to the left of the visitor centre on the way to the village had three male Migrant Hawkers patroling plus a male and female copulating, two male Common Darters and one female ovipositing. No Damselflies.

Not alot happening elsewhere on the park, on the dragonfly pond there were no dragons only a few damselflies Common Blue, Blue-tailed and Emerald.

Thursday 5 September 2013

Abercanaid, Merthyr.

While out and about I thought I would check out an old fishing lake from years ago just off the A470 round-about at Aberacanaid take the forestry road to the new mountain bike centre. Its a bit of a walk to the pond but when I got there it was alive with Odonata, three male Common Hawkers patroling, alot of Common Darters again mainly males, Common Blue, Azure Blue and Emerald Damselflies some of the Emeralds were in tandem. This will be worth another visit next year in the spring/summer.
The name on the sign said Webbers pond NR.(sorry no pics I did not have my camera with me)

Sunday 1 September 2013


Around the horse-shoe ponds today the only damselflies found were Emeralds mainly males with only a couple of females in tandem. There was alot of Common Darters around the ponds with two of the ponds holding some Black Darters.

Flying between the ponds there were three Common Hawkers hunting, while trying to get a shot of one of these I came across this female Common Hawker ovipositing.

On the other ponds around the site I found Emerald, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies, Common Darters and one other Common Hawker.