So after trimming the overgrown ivy from the side of the house and a trip to Blaydon tip, I was dropped off at Thornley around mid-day for a look on the pond.
In bright sunshine I reckon around 20 common darters were present, with half a dozen pairs mating or ovipositing, and a couple of male southern hawkers were great entertainment, clashing regularly as they searched the margins (unsuccessfully) for females.
|A few snaps of common darters, the southern hawkers were|
far too active to pose for the camera unfortunately.
|record shot of the single male azure damsel, the copulating couple|
were too distant for a photograph.
|Star of the show, probably the last red damsel in the borough|
this year, kinda sad really :-(
By the time I'd sussed what was going on it was too late to photograph the event, as the 'victim' made escape and was never seen again (hardly surprising).
The likelihood is that he is the last of his species for this year here so will no doubt try it on with anything red or damsel-like for the next few days of sunshine out of sheer desperation, until he cashes in his chips for the last time. I hope he finds a mate but the odds are against it, but I'll try to get back for another look as long as the sun shines.