First I got this cracking shot of ovipositing Large Reds at Shibdon Pond sent to me by Shibdon George on the 14th, the first he's noted there. It's a while since I've recorded any there meself but as I don't get up there very often that's no real surprise.
At Gibside on the 20th I encountered damsels and not much else at the Lily Pond. Plenty of them but on a sunny afternoon they weren't in the mood for posing for close-ups, so just a few record shots.
|Blue-form Azure famale|
|Large Red male in the sunlight|
|Immature Common Blue damsel male|
Can't recall seeing such a pale specimen before
At Stargate last Thursday four species of damsel were on show, mainly Blue-tails but I did manage to get some canny shots of both Common Blue and Azure in the mating wheel :
|Common Blue damsels in the mating wheel- First female of the species I've noted this year|
|Same couple making the perfect heart shape - aaaaaaaaah|
|This Azure pair landed at perfect height for a few snaps|
|Unusually they allowed me to get right up close|
|Look at that face, he seems to be enjoying it . . . .|
|. . . . mind you, she doesn't :-/|
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Teneral, Immature, Mature.
Another busy week in store so touch and go whether I can synchronise a spare hour or two with a spell of sunshine. Forecast isn't that great so we'll have to wait and see :-/