Emperor and Black-tailed Skimmer are now on the wing at Castle Water. Finding an Emperor female at an early stage of emergence was a bonus, as this species normally emerges during night and takes its maiden flight at dawn. The ditch north of the hide provided lots of activity with ovipositing Hairy Hawker and at least five patrolling males, Four-spotted Chaser were also present. Additional interest was finding another site for Parhelophilus versicolor ( pictured below) amonst the Typha stems, up untill last week there was only one record for the reserve in from 1985.
Emerging Emperor at Castle water this morning