Archive for April 21st, 2011

21st April 2011, Thursday

Castle Water

Lots more odonata interest this week at Castle Water. The ditch near the hide which has been checked regularly since 15th of April for the first signs of emergence of the Hairy Dragonfly has started, 35 emergents/exuviae have been found since Tuesday. Another point of interest this morning was finding a female ovipositing, since its takes around a week for adults to mature this female had obviously emerged earlier at another site. The sheltered bays around the viewpoint have also produced the first Common Blue and Azure Damselflies, several Hairy Dragonfly have also been found emerging in the aforementioned area.  I saw my first Hobby also today hawking insects over the reeds, this could be unfortunate for many Hairy Dragonflies as they take there maiden flight. A selection of pictures taken this morning are below.

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Male pre flight emergent still clinging to exuvia

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