|Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar, my second one this year,|
what a monster :-O
|And where I left it|
The roadside ditch had a couple of Migrant Hawkers close by and a male southern, but otherwise not much to report. More migrant hawkers as I made way to the hide, and on the pond itself, quiet at first but a few common darters in the vegetation under the window with a couple of pairs ovipositing in the shallows, a few emerald damsels, some in tandem and then I spotted a ruddy darter on a broken stem under the window so snapped away.
|Yet another Ruddy Darter, been very good for them |
at Far Pasture this year
|Performed a bit of sky-pointing|
The Forbidden Pond was again very poor, a couple of tandem pairs and single common darters, plus an unidentified hawker which whizzed through.
On the way back up the road again, probably four migrant hawkers hawked the top field, so I reckon there was easily a double-figure count of the species here today, very good after relatively poor years of late.
Trekking back through the woods another insect on the ground caught my eye in the form of a large, fat beetle scurrying across my path. I quickly got off a few shots before it disappeared into the undergrowth though a moving subject does not make for decent photos.
|Just make out the 'splayed' antennae, a clue |
to its identity
|Quite a fast runner|
|And a lovely blue tinge to the shell of the beetle|
I reckon it to be a Dor Beetle Geotrupes stercorarius, a type of dung beetle, quite common but not easy to catch in the daytime.
A quick countback and I make that 7 species of Odonata seen at both sites today, 2 hawkers, 2 darters and 3 damsels. Not bad for early September.
And later in the day I received an email from Shibdon George, telling me there are plenty of Migrant Hawkers around the boardwalk of Shibdon Pond also, so somewhere else to visit in the coming days.