Ever the optimist I took my sunglasses out with me, but ended up wishing I'd taken my gloves.
Far Pasture was the venue, I've been busting a gut to have another look on Pond3 since my last visit but first had a look at the forbidden pond which now has no water in it whatsoever, just a bit of mud in one corner, otherwise it's 'boney' dry.
I did find a couple of blue-tailed damsels and an azure in the surrounds, one a particularly striking rufescens form, though it was so overcast the resulting photos hardly did her justice.
The most colourful form of immature
blue-tailed damselfly resembling a British
Infantryman with red tunic and black trousers
|A sheltering male blue-tail sporting the blue|
of the French Army
|A brief skirmish with an unidentified beetle|
I searched sheltered areas but to no avail until a tall clump near the road turned out to be a bit of a refuge for azure damsels, with 8 counted taking cover from the elements.
That was that, an hour on site and I'd had enough. I shouldn't have bothered really but 6 days cooped up at home is enough for anybody. I fled the battlefield, defeated.
Back at home, sad news that the greenhouse Garden Bumblebee nest has failed as the queen was found dead, after four weeks of continuous comings and goings to her nest under a flagstone she succumbed without a worker ever emerging, another defeated Emperor.
|The expired queen Garden Bumblebee|
|The long face, a diagnostic feature which separates |
them from the very similar (round faced) Heath Bumblebee
Better news on the bee front, despite a few dead 'uns scattered around, the Tree Bumblebees in the garage roof are thriving, and the noises from the nest in the attic are keeping me awake at night, with more sudden loud buzzes than an episode of University Challenge. Glad they only last the one summer.
|Sienna thorax, black abdomen tipped white|
A Tree Bumblebee Bombus hypnorum
|This species only colonised the UK in 2001, but has spread|
rapidly now into most of England and Wales
Commonly nests in buildings (don't I know it)
Would have been great if I could have photographed an Emperor on Waterloo day but to be honest I was lucky to get the few I did. Hoping for better weather next week as the short-range forecast just looks like more of the same. Come on Summer !!