But I'm afraid it was a case of 'as you were' as only azure damselflies were to be found once again, the only difference being there are now a few mature individuals in full blue/black garb.
|First mature azure seen this year, blue and black the|
only colours on show
I checked both the main pond and the forbidden pond but both were Odonata-free zones, and the damsels weren't showing that well at the roadside either so I snapped a few of the more interesting insects I encountered :
|I first thought this was a hornet on seeing the brown|
markings on the thorax and it being so large, but later found it to
be a Queen Median Wasp, a species first noted in southern England
in the 1980s, and has been spreading north ever since.
|They build nests in trees and bushes making paper from wood pulp,|
you can see the marks where this Queen is stripping wood from
the fence to construct her nest.
Many similar species, getting their name from
their red and black colouring, reminiscent
of soldiers uniforms of days gone by.
So named as they live on carrion, and fairly unique in that
the female lays live young rather than eggs.
Known in some parts as the 'down-looker' fly due to its habit of
resting pointing downwards (like above)
|Similar to robber-flies they catch smaller insects by |
darting out at them from a perch, though these two are too busy
doing other things to think about food.
The macro world is fascinating, you just need to be able to see it, watch out for my next post :-O